The Franklin County baseball team used a stellar pitching performance and a big inning to get past Frankfort High Wednesday at Charlie Figg, winning 8-0 to move to 6-1 overall (1-0 district).
David Current pitched a one-hitter for FCHS and the Flyers racked up six runs in the fourth to knock off FHS, which dropped to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the district.
“David put one in the books today,” FHS Anthony Russell said. “He spotted it well. He didn’t really get us off balance – he was throwing fastballs. Our guys just couldn’t catch up to it.”
Turns out pounding the fastball was FCHS coach Deron McDonald’s plan going into the game.
“David’s got a lot of velocity so we wanted to challenge them and see who could catch up with it,” McDonald said. “He did a good job throwing strikes.”
The Flyers scored an easy run in the first inning when Zach Arnold reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and then came home on a passed ball.
FCHS broke the game open three innings later, starting with a sacrifice fly by Logan Crum that scored Eric Meyer, who’d reached on an error. Quenton Brownlee made it 4-0 when he roped a single that plated J.P. Roberts – who was running for Current – and Logan Woodside.
Arnold scorched a triple in the next at-bat that brought Brownlee home and then trotted home himself when an errant pick-off throw sailed past the third baseman, giving FCHS a 6-0 lead.
A single by Meyer scored Zack Durham and the Flyers closed the inning up 7-0.
Russell said his team’s defense contributed to FCHS’ big rally.
“Today’s the first day all year our defense has let us down,” he said. “We had six errors today and they put up eight runs, only three of which were earned. It’s a whole new ballgame if we play defense like we normally play defense. Give them credit – they put the ball in play and got the runs across.”
McDonald agreed that the rally came as a result of Panther errors but added that his players were more comfortable against FHS pitcher A.J. Bramble by the time the fourth inning rolled around.
“They had an error here and there and it was our third time through the lineup seeing the same pitcher,” he said. “We got our timing down, relaxed a little more and started hitting the ball harder.”
FCHS added a final run in the seventh when a hit by Rylan Rowe scored Dawson Willis, who’d walked.
“We didn’t play bad today,” Russell said. “We didn’t hang our head and we stayed in the game. Wasn’t too long ago we were walking away from Franklin County in five innings game after game.”
“You’re never happy with a loss but we’ll come out ready for Eminence (today),” he added.
FCHS is back in action Friday in the Franklin County Invitational. The Flyers play Trinity at 5:30 p.m. and then play Christian Academy of Louisville at 9:30 p.m.
They play a third and final game Saturday at 9 a.m. against St. Xavier. McDonald is looking forward to testing his team against the best competition in the state.
“We think we have a pretty good ball club and we want to measure ourselves this weekend, and what better teams to measure against than Trinity, St. X and CAL.”