June 17, 2013 — Rowan County Softball Coach Larry Slone has seen and done pretty much everything there is to do on a high school softball diamond.
His colleagues in the coaching ranks seem to agree as they helped induct Slone into the Kentucky Softball Coach’s Association this past weekend in Louisville
“It’s pretty special,” Slone said. “Anytime your peers acknowledge the success you have had and give you an award like that, it’s great. It’s something I can look back on and it’s a big honor.”
Slone began coaching at Rowan County in 1995; the year fast pitch softball became a sport in Kentucky. He has amassed 396 wins, 11 district championships, back-to-back 16th Region titles in 2007 and 2008 and coached 2008 Miss Softball Amber Riddle. He also coached three first-team all-state selections in Riddle, Brooklyn Hesterberg and Kaitlyn Muncy and two second-team all state members in Kayla Penix and Jessica Chin.
Riddle was the one to induct Slone into the Hall of Fame.
“It was special. We had a good evening and for her to do that, it makes it more meaningful,” Slone said.
The Lady Vikings finished 2013 with a record of 22-16, a 61st District Championship and a spot in the 16th Region Tournament.
Slone often talks about big moments during his career, including winning Rowan County’s first Regional Championship in 2007 and the 61st District Championship game in 2011. The Lady Vikings faced Fleming County and were down four runs in the bottom of the seventh and came back to win that game 8-7. Slone added getting to coach Riddle and help her achieve her dream of winning Miss Softball. Now he adds another accolade to his legacy in earning his spot in the Hall of Fame.
Now, getting into the Hall of Fame is special for Slone but the one thing that he wants to hang his hat on is helping his players learn more about the game and about life.
“The one thing I hope they left the program with is the demand was high and expectations were high and I hope that carries over in their life,” Slone said. “There are parts of life where we have some adversity and hopefully they learned how to handle it and bounce back and it gets better.”
Slone did admit that he is not ready to hang up the lineup card anytime soon, either.
“I want to keep going for a little bit,” Slone said. “I’d like to stay on as long as they’ll have me and as long as it’s still fun.”
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