Rowan County may have had to dodge some rain this weekend, but they sure didn’t miss the ball when given the opportunity.
The Lady Vikings softball squad racked up 18 hits in just five innings and used the bats to dominate Powell County, 14-2, at the Lady Pirates’ invitational tournament on Friday.
“When you put the ball in play as hard as we did good things happen,” said Rowan County coach Larry Slone. “We came out aggressive from the beginning of the game and were really able to hop on them early.”
The Lady Vikings jumped out to an early lead in the first inning when Brooklin Adams roped a stand-up triple to right field that scored Sarah Hallock, who reached on a bunt single.
Adams then touched home after Sara Robinson hit a hard ground ball to shortstop that was misplayed.
After Macy Jones walked to put runners at first and second base, Emily Hammonds hit a line-drive into the left field gap that scored Hilton who was courtesy running for Robinson.
The early Lady Viking rally put Rowan up 3-0 before the Lady Pirates even stepped up to the plate.
Hallock picked up another big hit to lead off the second inning when she poked a hard triple to right field.
Adams then crushed a double to the centerfield fence to drive in Hallock.
Jones followed shortly thereafter with a single that drove in Adams.
With two runs already scored in the inning and two out, the Lady Vikings weren’t finished with their rally.
The group tacked on five more runs to give the squad a commanding 10-0 lead.
Hammonds picked up a base hit behind second base to drive in Jones.
After an Elaina Ward walk to load the bases, Savannah Hamilton followed suit with a free pass which scored Kammy Rose.
Dannah Robirds then cleared the bases as she drove a double to left that scored Hammonds, Ward, and Hamilton.
The Lady Vikings picked up another run in the third inning when Ward hit a line-drive base hit to left field that scored Jones who reached on a base hit to left.
Another tally was picked up in the fourth when Robinson doubled to center that scored Adams who reached on a single to left field.
Haley Howard led off the top of the fifth inning with a base hit, which was followed by another hit from Erin Wilburn.
Kaitlyn Hilton ground out to shortstop, but drove in a run in the process. Adams then singled to drive in Wilburn.
In the five inning mercy rule contest, pitcher Macy Jones only surrendered two earned runs on four hits while striking out four Lady Pirates.
Powell County’s only offensive production came with two runs in the fourth frame.
“We had solid pitching and defense along with a great mindset at the plate,” Slone said. “The group played with a lot of heart and we look for the momentum to continue.”
The Lady Vikings were scheduled to travel to Mason County on Monday.
They then will play host to Fleming County Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Brad Stacy can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 784-4116.