Down four runs heading into the seventh and final frame against Lewis County on Tuesday night, the Rowan County Lady Vikings were able to muster a two-run rally. However, the gritty bunch ended up falling to 16th Region foe Lewis County, 8-6.
“It was a tough loss, but we showed a lot of fight throughout the entire contest,” said Rowan County coach Larry Slone. “There are still things we need to get better at, but I’m proud of how things are going in the first part of the season.”
The Lady Vikings got on the board first in the second inning as Janae Graham ripped a triple to the fence that scored Kammy Rose, who reached on a line-drive base hit to left field.
Graham scored shortly thereafter to move the margin to 2-0 as Elaina Ward hit a ground ball that was booted by the defense.
A hit, walk, and error surrendered by the Lady Vikings loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning.
Rowan pitcher Macy Jones got out of the no-out jam with only surrendering one run.
Sara Robinson started off the third inning with a bang as she bombed a double off the left-center fence.
Kaelen Frazier ran for Robinson to advance to third base when Jones hit a single down the left field line.
Jones swiped second and Rose then took four straight balls for a walk.
Graham stepped up to the dish and hit a sharp grounder to the Lady Lion shortstop which scored Frazier.
Savannah Hamilton followed suit with runners on second and third by grounding out again to the shortstop which scored Jones.
The Lady Vikings held a 4-1 advantage moving into the bottom of the third.
The Lady Lions tacked on their second run when Hailey Evans hit a ball down the left field line that drove in Jalyssa Cortez.
Rowan County wouldn’t add another run until the final frame.
Lewis County added four runs in the fourth and two in the sixth inning to put the Lady Vikings in a four-run hole.
A Jones double to left field would score Brooklin Adams to start the rally, and a Rose double to right scored Jones.
The rally fell just short however, as the Lady Vikings fell to 7-3 on the year.
They are scheduled to head to the “Where’s the Beach Classic” at Rockcastle County over the weekend.
“We’ve had two tough losses in a row, but I know this group will fight back,” Slone said. “We play some great competition the next few days so it will be a great test for our ball club.”
Brad Stacy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 784-4116.