Franklin County had some timely hitting, Western Hills didn't, and that was the difference in the Flyers' 7-1 victory over the visiting WHHS baseball team Wednesday.
"We did a nice job hitting when we were supposed to hit," FCHS coach Deron McDonald said. "It seems when we had someone on second, or runners at second and third we executed on offense, and we didn't do that Monday."
The Flyers opened their season at Scott County Monday, losing 8-6. For their first home game, they got out of a jam in the top of the first inning, scored two runs in the bottom of the first and never trailed.
Western Hills' Joey Wainscott led off the game with a double. After two strikeouts, Kris Trautwein and Adam Barker both drew walks to load the bases, but another strikeout ended the threat with no runs scored.
FCHS took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the inning with Kurt Jewell reaching on an error, a double by Bryan Scott, a wild pitch, a walk and a rundown that allowed Scott to score from third.
Trailing 5-1 in the fifth inning, the Wolverines had the bases loaded again with one out as Wainscott and Shan Dutta were both hit by pitches and Bryan Gaines singled. The runners were stranded when the next two batters struck out.
"We had bases loaded twice and get three strikeouts," WHHS coach Craig Fry said. "That's not good. You've got to at least put the ball in play and make the team get you out, and we didn't do that tonight."
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