Tuesday's Franklin County-Western Hills softball game quickly turned into a pitchers' duel that wasn't decided until the final out.
The Lady Flyers scored two runs in the fifth inning and made that hold up for a 2-0 win, but they had to survive a threat by Western Hills in the seventh inning.
"In this district anything can happen," said FCHS coach Tracy Spickard, whose team improved to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the district. "Western Hills always gets up when they play us, like Frankfort and Woodford County. They were up today, and for some reason we weren't until later in the game."
Both teams had runners in scoring position in the first inning, but the next three innings were pretty quiet.
Sarah Boden opened the game for Franklin County with an infield single, and with two outs Michelle Farler reached on an error. A groundout to Western Hills pitcher Courtney Wiard ended the threat.
WHHS' Mollie Wade led off the bottom of the first with a double and went to third when Andrea Green reached on an error, putting runners at first and third with one out. A line drive caught by Carrie Bistline in centerfield and a strikeout left the runners stranded.
The next three innings went quickly with just three hits by Franklin County and none given up by FCHS pitcher Amy Eichhorn.
In the fifth inning, Bistline led off with a single and, after a fly ball for an out, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eichhorn. Stephanie Vincent then hit a double to score Bistline, and Vincent scored when Michelle Farler reached on an error.
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