Before taking a week off for spring break, Franklin County baseball coach Deron McDonald came up with a few tough games for his team.
The Flyers played Trinity and St. Xavier this weekend in a private vs. public round-robin event at FCHS.
On Saturday Franklin County lost to St. X 7-2, and on Friday the Flyers fell to Trinity 7-5 in eight innings.
“We’ve played really good up until this weekend,” McDonald said after the St. X game. “This weekend we’ve played OK baseball. We made a mistake here and there, and when you play the Trinity’s and St. X’s those will get you beat.”
FCHS (6-3) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a home run by Nick Redmon, but the Tigers (7-3) responded with five runs in the top of the third.
St. X had four hits in the third inning, three for extra bases.
The Flyers got a run back in the fifth inning. David Current led off with a walk but was out at second on a fielder’s choice by Zach Durham.
Zach Arnold followed with a single, and both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch.
Conner Brown brought Durham home with a sacrifice fly to center field.
St. X added a run in the sixth on a double by Colin McFarland and two errors, and the Tigers closed out the scoring in the seventh with an error, a walk, a passed ball and a groundout.
“You can’t make those mistakes,” McDonald said. “We had four errors today, and the field conditions were probably responsible for a couple of them.”
The Flyers finished the game with six hits – two singles by Arnold, a home run from Redmon, a double by Tyne Nickel and base hits from Durham and Eric Meyer.
Brandon Smither was FCHS’ starting pitcher and went three innings. Quenton Brownlee and John Paul Roberts both pitched two innings in relief.
“Last night we played Trinity and went to extra innings,” McDonald said. “Today we didn’t play our best but still scratched out six hits and put up a couple of runs.
“We played a lot of kids, and some are getting some valuable learning experience,” he added. “I can’t say enough about the quality of teams in this tournament. This is really good competition.”
On Friday night the Flyers scored one run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 5-5 and send it into extra innings.
Trinity (3-4) scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to take the lead, and the Flyers were shut out in the bottom of the inning.
FCHS scored two runs in the third on singles by Brownlee and Brown and a double by Arnold.
The Flyers added two more in the fifth with singles by Meyer, Current and Nick Cumpston and a double from Redmon.
In the seventh inning Brown and Dylan Wright both singled, and Redmon had a sacrifice as the Flyers tied the game.
Trinity scored one run in the second inning, three in the third, one in the sixth and two in the eighth inning.
Cumpston pitched a complete game with five strikeouts for the Flyers.
Franklin County was scheduled to play Christian Academy of Louisville Friday night, but the game was canceled because of lightning.
FCHS has the week off for spring break. The Flyers return to action Monday, April 9 with a game at Madison Southern at 6 p.m.
“We’ll come back Monday, refreshed and hopefully ready to go and focused,” McDonald said. “We’ve been playing pretty good. Our three losses are to Trinity, St. X and Collins.
“We need to focus on doing the small things right, and if we do that we’ll be a pretty good baseball team.”