Outstanding pitching and some timely hits in one inning were just what Franklin County’s baseball team needed to beat Woodford County Tuesday.
Nick Cumpston pitched a complete game shutout for the Flyers, who put up three runs in the fourth for a 3-0 victory at FCHS.
“Our kids were excited about the opportunity to face their pitcher,” FCHS coach Deron McDonald said of Woodford’s Clinton Hollon.
“We hit the ball and put it in play, and we hit it hard a couple of times,” he added. “When they took him (Hollon) out we didn’t have a letdown. The kids went to work and put three runs on the board.”
The Flyers (12-5) had three of their five hits in the fourth inning.
Eric Meyer was hit by a pitch, Nick Redmon singled, and Logan Woodside followed with a triple to score both runners. Logan Crum then drove Woodside home with a single for the game’s final run.
Hollon pitched the first three innings. Pete O’Nan came on in relief in the fourth inning, and Eli Boggess finished the game.
In contrast Cumpston went the distance for Franklin County with seven strikeouts while giving up just four hits.
“Nick pitched an awesome game,” McDonald said. “We played really good defense behind him again, and we kept our focus on the bases.”
Franklin County’s other hits were singles by Crum and Cumpston.
Woodford’s hits were all singles – two by J.T. O’Reel and one each from Gage Beavers and Rodney Gross.
The loss was the Yellowjackets’ first in district play, and Woodford and FCHS are now tied for the district lead at 3-1.
The Flyers play their third straight district game today, hosting Frankfort at 5:30 p.m.