The Western Hills softball team didn't make the most of its scoring opportunity in the first inning Thursday and Franklin County did, setting the tone for a 4-0 Lady Flyer win at Sally Gaines Field.
Franklin County, ranked 21st in the state, improves to 15-6 on the season and is 5-0 in district play heading into today's matchup at Woodford County.
Western Hills falls to 3-9.
With one out, the Lady Wolverines loaded the bases in the top of the first inning on consecutive singles by Courtney Wiard, Marissa Brewer and Andrea Green.
But a strikeout and a popup in the infield ended the threat with Franklin County allowing no runs.
The Lady Flyers then put two runs on the board in the bottom half of the inning, both coming with two outs.
Stephanie Vincent singled and Michelle Farler countered with a hit, moving Vincent to third. Farler stole second base and both she and Vincent scored on a double by Myrissa Patton.
"We came through with two outs in our at-bat after a shaky inning in the field," FCHS coach Tracy Spickard said. "We got into a situation defensively with the bases loaded and when you get out of that without giving up anything, it gives you confidence.
"That's what you've got to do," Spickard added. "We won that inning and turned it into a positive for us."
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