The Rowan County Lady Vikings went 1-2 this weekend in the Rowan County Invitational Tournament. They defeated the Harrison County Fillies while falling to the Lady Lions of Boyd County and the South Laurel Lady Cardinals.
The tournament was altered due the heavy rains Thursday. The fields at the Community Park were deemed unplayable and the RCIT format was altered from two pools to one.
Game 1 – Boyd Co. 10, Rowan County 0
In a contest plagued with several errors, the Lady Vikings had little go their way against Boyd County. The girls in green yielded seven unearned runs and struck out nine times at the plate in the five-inning game. “Our pitching was good enough to keep us in the game be we didn’t hit the ball. You cannot make that many mistakes against a really good team and win a ballgame” stated RC Head Coach Larry Slone. RC registered only one hit in the game, a single to right field by junior Shelbie Hanson. Senior pitcher Abby Hammond took the loss, her first of the season.
Game 2 – South Laurel 14, Rowan County 10
The Saturday morning game showed more offense but still was marred with mental mistakes. Sophomore pitcher Jayse Pennington started in the circle for Rowan County. Sophomore pitcher Meghan Hammond entered the circle in the fourth frame and finished the game for the Lady Vikings. After falling behind 9-1, the Lady Viking bats started to show signs of life. Senior Autumn Meade walked to lead off the sixth inning. Sophomore Sara Robinson reached on an error and registered the RBI as Meade scored. Senior catcher Lindsey Wilson lit the rally fire with a two-run homer, her first of the season, over the left-center fence. Junior Kendra Holbrook followed with another walk. The seniors kept the rally going as Courtnae Bolander got a base hit and Becca Duff doubled to right center. Abby Hammond, pinch hitting for her sister, reached on an error. As the sixth inning came to an end, RC found itself down by just two at 9-7.
South Laurel answered in the seventh with five more runs to extend the lead to 14-7. The Lady Vikings would not quit. Bolander walked and Duff got on base with a single to left. Sophomore Meghan Hammond scored Bolander with a base hit up the middle. Duff and Macy Jones, courtesy running for Hammond, eventually scored. Even though three runs were added to the total, the RC rally fell short. Pennington registered the loss in her first appearance of the season.
Game 3 – Rowan County 8, Harrison County 1
In the evening tournament finale, the Rowan County bats were still smoldering. After getting a run in the first inning, RC started to light it up again in the fourth, a four-run frame. The sixth inning was also productive for the green and black as they scored three more runs. Sophomore Sara Robinson led the Lady Vikings, going 4-4 at the plate with 3 RBI and scoring twice. Freshman Sarah Hallock had two hits while seniors Autumn Meade, Lindsey Wilson, Courtnae Bolander, Becca Duff, and Abby Hammond all chipped in with hits. Duff had three RBI in the game. Abby Hammond got the win with no earned runs, five strikeouts, and two walks and moves to 3-1 on the season.
Rowan County (3-3) host 61st District rival Menifee County on Monday, March 23. Game start time at Lady Viking Field is 5:30 p.m.