FCHS defeats improving Shelby

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

The Shelby County softball team is having a rare down year, but the Lady Rockets hung tough with No. 21 Franklin County Tuesday afternoon at Sally Gaines Field.

Franklin County won the game 11-3 to improve to 18-6 on the season while the young Lady Rockets fall to 3-11.

Shelby County was one out away from being mercy-ruled by FCHS in the top of the fifth inning but kept its hopes alive, pushing across two runs to keep the game going.

"They've gone through a difficult stretch but they're young and they have a lot of good athletes," FCHS coach Tracy Spickard said of Shelby County. "They've improved a lot."

Spickard and the Lady Flyers shut out Shelby County earlier in the season at the Scott County tournament, but this was still a good win for Franklin County.

"I'm really proud of the girls," Spickard said of her players. "They played hard and they played well.

"We've actually had the opportunity to practice lately, and we really wanted to try to take some of the mechanics we've been working on in practice to the field today. I thought we did that. There were some situations where we did some really good things out there."

The Lady Flyers scored three runs in the first inning on a walk, an error, a ground out and RBI hits from Myrissa Patton and Lydia McKinney.

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