Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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April 16, 2014

West softball blanked by Rowan County

April 16, 2014 — West Carter Coach Jess Cordery knows his team is in a little bit of an offensive slump. They’ve averaged 4.4 runs in their nine games this season, but have been shut out three times.

The offensive woes continued at Rowan County, who used big six innings, putting six runs on the board en route to a 9-0 victory over the Lady Comets (2-7) in Morehead on Monday.

The Lady Vikings had 10 hits and took advantage of four Lady Comet errors against starter Leatha Reynolds, who gave up nine runs but only three of them were earned due to the miscues on the field. She did strike out eight batters.

“We didn’t make some plays that we should have made,” Cordery said. “When you’re facing a good hitting time like Rowan County, those errors compound and that’s how you have a big inning.”

At the same time, the Lady Comets could not get a runner past second base all game, getting only three hits.

“(Leatha) didn’t get any offensive support,” Cordery said. “We have to do a better job of getting the ball in play. We simply didn’t do that. It’s hard to pitch shut out after shut out when you don’t score runs. She pitched a very good game but we just need to get better defensively and offensively.”

Rowan County (10-5) was led by senior Faith Conn’s 2-for-4, three RBI performance. Junior catcher Lindsey Wilson was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the win.

Senior Morgan Mitchell did not collect a hit but did get two runs to cross the plate. Alli Banks was also 2-for-4 with an RBI. Becca Duff, Baliegh Garvin, Courtnae Bolander and Kendra Holbrook each recorded hits.

Rowan led 3-0 in the sixth inning when the Lady Vikings got the bats going. Garvin’s double led off the bottom frame. Two batters later, Wilson’s base hit to center scored Garvin. Mitchell got her two RBIs after she reached on an error. Conn collected her third RBI of the game on a single to center. Banks got her only run scored on the next at-bat.

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