Frankfort holds off FCHS, 7-5

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

A little enthusiasm and strong pitching helped Frankfort High beat Franklin County 7-5 Friday in the Capital City Classic baseball tournament.

The Flyers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a home run by Andrew Dieruf, but they wouldn't score again until the top of the seventh.

"Enthusiasm, that's what it takes," FHS coach Joe Peach said. "We played every pitch as hard as we could, and that makes a big difference.

"A.J. (senior Aaron Jones) pitched wonderfully," he added. "He threw a few more pitches than I wanted him to in the seventh inning. He'd thrown 84 pitches going into the seventh and finished with 124 pitches, but it was the last inning and he'd done so well."

FCHS opened the game with a lead-off single by Kurt Jewell, who scored on Dieruf's home run.

"It was early," Jones said. "I've been pitching long enough and had enough home runs hit off me that I knew I couldn't get down, that we could come back, and that's what happened today."

Down 2-0, Frankfort got a run back in the second inning. Chris Amburgey drew a walk, and Clinton Hall followed with a fielder's choice that forced Amburgey at second.

Myron Moore's sacrifice bunt sent Hall to second, and Hall went to third on a wild pitch. A double by Joe Hyatt scored Hall and made the score 2-1.

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