VERSAILLES - The Frankfort High baseball players might want to forget the score from their final game this season, but the Panthers will surely remember what an enjoyable time they had getting to that point.
"All the breaks we got the last two weeks, Dunbar got tonight," Frankfort coach Joe Peach said of the Panthers' 11-0 loss to the Bulldogs.
That two-week joyride FHS went on included the team's first trip to the regional tournament in 10 years and the first district title since 1989. Frankfort then defeated Model Monday 10-0 in the first round of the regional tournament.
All of which left the Panthers with the daunting task of meeting the state's No. 1 team in Dunbar in the semifinals of the 11th Region tournament Thursday at Woodford County Park.
The Panthers were ready for the challenge, coming in with a six-game winning streak, the last three of which FHS played error-free baseball.
But all that changed as Dunbar pounded out 11 timely hits, and Frankfort committed four errors in the loss. The game was called after five innings on the mercy rule.
Dunbar, now 35-3, will meet Lexington Christian Saturday night at 7 for the championship. The final was to be played Friday night but Dunbar had a conflict with graduation.
Lexington Christian defeated Woodford County 5-1 in Thursday's other semifinal.
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