It was another day, another victory for the Rowan County Lady Vikings softball team, as it grabbed a 7-1 road win over district rival Menifee County this past Monday night.

Following a successful weekend in a tournament in Corbin, the Lady Vikings did not have a let down, with Lady Viking freshman Becca Duff picking up her second home run of the year.

In the onset of the district match-up, a much-improved Menifee County squad put together a solid first couple of innings with pitcher Erika Brewer tossing five strikeouts.

The Lady Vikings offense did not set idle for long, ignited in the third by way of a big three-run homer by Duff to bring home teammates Jade Turner and Alli Banks, marking Duff’s second home run of the year.

Rowan County Head Coach Larry Slone said his team’s hitting played a key role in his team’s win at Frenchburg.

“We hit the ball really well tonight,” Slone said. “For us to be able to move the ball around like we did at Menifee, it really gives us some leeway when we make defensive mistakes.”

On the pitching side, Morgan Mitchell tallied an impressive game on the hill for Rowan.

Mitchell torched the Lady Cat batters, nabbing thirteen strikeouts, while giving up only four hits on the night.

Despite fielding issues during several games this year, the Lady Vikings stayed solid with glove in hand, something Slone said is a significant part of his team’s recent success.

“We’re still making some mistakes here and there,” Slone said. “But in the bigger picture, we are definitely improving in this area of our game. If we hit the ball well and keep our errors down, we can continue to do well.”

Slone’s team did do well, as it held Menifee scoreless for the final four innings of the night, while picking up three more runs from Wilson, Duff and Banks.

After the win, Rowan County will continue to be road warriors, this time traveling to Summit for the Boyd County Classic this weekend.

Having not played a home game since April 3, Slone said this tumultuous string of tournaments and road games is just what the doctor ordered.

“It’s tough playing away from home for so long,” Slone said. “But we’re hoping this will pay dividends for us come post-season. Playing in all these tournaments is something that will make these girls tougher down the road, and hopefully get us ready for May.”

Pick up the next Tuesday’s edition of The Morehead News to see how the Lady Vikes faired in its trip to Boyd.

Grant Stevens can be reached at gstevens@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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