Franklin County blanks Catholic, advances to final

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LEXINGTON - An old nemesis stood in the way of Franklin County's softball team and the 11th Region tournament championship game.

On Wednesday the Lady Flyers had little trouble with Lexington Catholic, winning 10-0 and earning a berth in the championship game against Madison Central tonight at 7 at Dunbar High School. No. 23 Madison Central shut out ninth-ranked Dunbar 3-0 in the second semifinal game Wednesday.

"The goal was to get back," said FCHS coach Tracy Spickard, whose team is in its first regional final since 2000.

Lexington Catholic defeated Franklin County a year ago in the regional semifinals and in 1997 in the regional final.

Less than a month ago the Lady Knights edged FCHS 2-1 in Lexington, but it was a completely different FCHS team that showed up Wednesday.

"The last time we didn't hit the ball well at all," said Franklin County senior catcher Myrissa Patton, "but we came out more focused. We didn't want to make it our last game. We knew we had to do it."

FCHS took a 2-0 lead in the first inning with singles by Amy Eichhorn, Carrie Bistline and Michelle Farler, a fielder's choice, and a sacrifice fly by Lydia McKinney.

Singles by Sarah Boden and Eichhorn and two errors by the Lady Knights gave Franklin County a 3-0 lead in the second inning, and the score stayed 3-0 until the fourth.

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