Abby Hammond

Rowan County sophomore pitcher Abby Hammond gets one of her 10 strikeouts on Saturday against Lee County.

The Rowan County Softball Vikings could not have had a better week.

After defeating Raceland 3-1 and Bath County 12-1, Rowan went outside the 16th Region Saturday and swept Lee County 12-0 and 8-5 to start the season 4-0.

“We’re off to a good start,” said Coach Larry Slone. “Everybody is contributing on offense (35 runs in four games) and our pitching has been very good in the early going for us.”

In the first game against the Lady Kats, Rowan County went on a hit parade, combining for 11 hits en route to the 12-run victory. Junior infielder Alli Banks went 1-3 with three RBI. Morgan Mitchell and Mackenzie Summers each had two RBI, Courtnae Bolander contributed at the plate going 3-4 with an RBI, Becca Duff, Allie Bond and Kendra Holbrook each pushed one run across the plate.

But behind the arm of Abby Hammond helped Rowan earn the shutout victory over Lee County. She pitched seven innings, striking out 10 batters and only giving up one hit and one walk.

“Abby was excellent,” Slone said. “We got off to a really good start scoring seven runs which allowed her to settle in. She was in command of her pitches and in the ballgame the whole way. We felt really relaxed because she held (Lee County) at bay.”

In the second game against the Lady Kats, Rowan County scored eight runs on six hits enroute to the three-run victory. Junior outfielder Baleigh Garvin’s double in the fifth gave Rowan County a spark to push two more runs across the plate. That gave the Lady Vikings a 7-4 lead before rounding out the margin at 8-5. Nikki Bond also had two RBI, Lindsey Wilson, Summers and Holbrook also had an RBI.

“Everybody helped put the ball in play and made something happen,” Slone said. “ It was a game where we made some errors and base running mistakes but still came out with the win. The hitting, considering how cold it is, will get better when the warmer weather comes around.”

Courtnae Bolander started the second game, going four-and-one-third innings, giving up five hits, four runs and one strikeout in the win. Mitchell came in relief to pick up the save.

The 61st District battle between Rowan County and Fleming County scheduled for Monday was postponed and rescheduled for April 8. The Lady Vikings will be back in action Wednesday against Bath County, weather permitting.

 

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at mbates@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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