The Lady Vikings took their 3-0 record to Lexington on March 18 with the hopes of adding a tally to the win column against Bryan Station High School. Larry Slone’s squad pounded 17 hits on the way to an impressive 9-4 victory over the Lady Defenders.
Junior pitcher Meghan Hammond (2-0) had the start in the circle and tallied the win with a strong performance. Junior pitcher Jayse Pennington registered her first save of the young season.
Things remained scoreless in the contest until the top of the third inning when Lady Viking shortstop Brooklin Adams lead off with a base to right field. A sacrifice bunt by left fielder Sarah Hallock moved Adams to second and third baseman Kammy Rose singled to left putting runners on the corners. A sacrifice by catcher Sara Robinson and a base hit by first baseman Kendra Holbrook put RC up 2-0.
The Lady Vikings plated another run in the fourth inning following base hits by Savannah Hamilton, Emily Hammonds, and Adams, putting the score at 3-0. In the home half the the fourth frame, a couple of miscues by RC allowed the Bryan Station to answer back with a run.
The Lady Vikings let loose with a four-run barrage in the fifth inning. Robinson, Holbrook, and Maci Jones all clubbed one-baggers and senior center fielder Shelbie Hanson smashed a bases-loaded stand-up triple off the left-center fence to score three runs. A base hit by Adams scored Hanson from third, putting RC up 7-1.
Bryan Station showed signs of life in the bottom of the sixth. Two doubles and a single later and the Defenders tried to climb back into the game with the score at 8-4. Pennington in relief as the Lady Vikings kept the rally in check.
RC added a base hit by Hallock in the seventh and plated a run to set the final score at 9-4.
Coach Slone had this to say: “Bryan Station is a good ball team. They hit the ball well and their pitch throws well. We had a couple of miscues but hit the ball well enough to make up for them. I thought Meghan did a great job and Jayse pitched well also. This is a great group of girl with an excellent attitude.”
The Lady Vikings now sit at 4-0 and face Paintsville High School on Friday, March 25, 6:00 p.m. at Lady Viking Field.