FCHS wins thriller over WCHS

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Wednesday night's pitching duel between Franklin County's Andrew Dieruf and Woodford County's Travis Clements came down to the game's final at-bat.

It ended with FCHS scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 2-1, giving both teams 3-2 district records.

Junior Will Cummins scored the game-winning run from third base on a wild pitch with two outs.

"I looked at him (FCHS third base coach David Cammack) right before the pitcher pitched," Cummins said, "and he said 'I want you to score on a passed ball, so get everything going towards home plate.' I took off as soon as I saw it in the dirt."

The Flyers were trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh with the game's only run coming on a lead-off home run by Woodford's Chase Aitkin in the fourth inning.

FCHS opened the seventh with a groundout, but Bryan Scott followed with a single. Cummins then bunted down the first base line, and Clements' throw to first was off line, putting runners at second and third.

Kurt Jewell singled to drive in Scott with the tying run, and Cummins went to third on the hit. After a strikeout, Dieruf came to the plate, and it was during his at-bat that Cummins scored.

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