Rowan County advanced to 4-0 in district play after toppling Bath County a second time last week.
“Our goal is to get that number 1 seed. Anytime you are in a district game everyone is a little more up than a typical game. It is a battle. You can throw the record out the window when these two teams get together,” said Coach Scott Collins.
After Monday night’s close victory to their district rivals, the Vikings were determined to have a much better game at the plate.
The Vikings jumped to a five-run lead by the end of the second inning and scored another six in the third inning.
The game was over by the fifth inning as the Vikings walked away with an 11-1 victory.
The biggest difference in Tuesday night’s game was the offense. The Vikings had 11 runs on ten hits.
Shane Taylor and Devon Stevens were both two-for-three at the plate and had two RBIs. Nick Eastham was two-for-four at the plate and also tallied two RBIs.
“Yesterday we had two hits as a team, so to put up ten tonight was very big for us,” said Taylor. “I feel like we are getting better each and every game.”
Ryan Mullen had back-to-back nights going one-for-one at the plate against the Wild Cats. He hit a sacrifice fly in the second, singled in the third and drew a walk in the fourth.
“My approaches lately have been to put the ball in the gaps. Lately, I have just shortened up and tried to put the ball in play. It has been working out for me,” said Mullen. “I think I am up to .310 now and I was at .270 last week. Definitely some progress.”
Matthew Gagliano took the win for the Vikings. He pitch four innings before being relieved by Chase Alderman.
“Outside of that first inning, Gags settled down, and started locating his pitches where he needed to. He’s healthy now, so we wanted to get him some work without wanting him to go too far today. We need him for this weekend,” said Collins.
Gagliano got off to a rocky start giving up three hits in the first inning. However, the Vikings got out of a jam after Gagliano stuckout Justin Fraley and Lane Rogers ground out into a double play.
“Getting out of a jam there in the first inning was really big for us. If we only get one out there, they plate one and then we are fighting an uphill battle,” said Collins.
The Vikings finished the week going 3-0 in the Louisville Invitational. They defeated Scott County Friday night, 15-0, before picking up back-to-back wins over Collins, 4-2, and Pleasure Ridge Park, 6-0.
The Vikings return to action at home Thursday, May 2, against Boyd County. First pitch is at 6 p.m.