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Vance County's Blake Vick throws strikes and hits bombs

Mar. 13—HENDERSON — On Tuesday, Vance County's senior ace, Blake Vick, proved she can do two things: throw strikes and hit bombs.

"It's my job to throw strikes," said Vick. "If I do that, the rest of the team doesn't have to do much work."

Vick's spectacular outing secured an 11-0 shutout over Granville Central in the Vipers' season debut. She tossed 12 strikeouts and was productive in her own plate appearances. In the bottom of the third, after golf swinging at a pitch in the dirt, Vick went yard — launching a moonshot over the left field fence.

"I thought it was going to drop before, but either way, I knew it was a good hit," said Vick.

After the game, her coach Sheila Gill poked fun at Vick for jogging around the bases after her home run. The senior pitcher was out of breath by the time she returned to the dugout after getting mobbed by her teammates at home plate.

"It's been a while," Vick admitted.

Vick says she models her game after former JMU pitcher, Odicci Alexander. But her true model she said was her mother, Lataria, who "pushes her" to be better and, of course, Coach Gill who has been an inspiration to many.

Throughout the duration of the shutout, Vick remained cool, calm and collected, cruising through Central's lineup with little resistance. Vick pitched five innings allowing only two hits and giving up zero runs.

In the second inning, Vance County's Ziar Terry reached first base on a dropped third strike, but was thrown out trying to stretch it out to second base and the game was still scoreless through the second inning. Later in the game, outfielder Roxie Bennett caught a hotshot headed straight toward her to prevent the base hit.

Basketball star Jakhiyah Evans was absent from Tuesday's softball contest after competing in a conference track meet the night before.

After the field was emptied, Vick posed for a picture with her sophomore catcher Jayla Smith and Coach Gill.