Frankfort High’s Dré Scott did a little bit of everything in Tuesday night’s baseball game – he hit a home run in his first at-bat, made a key defensive play at second base and was the winning pitcher.
It all helped the Panthers win a wild one at Charlie Figg Field, beating Madison Southern 8-7 in eight innings.
“Dré Scott played the game of his career,” FHS coach Anthony Russell said. “He hit that home run, but he had a play on defense that was a want-to effort play.
“The ball was hit in the hole in the first inning, and he made the play and kept a run from scoring. It’s probably the best play I’ve seen in a high school game this year.”
But Scott was hardly a one-man team Tuesday. The Panthers (11-12) got six solid innings from pitcher Jeffrey Quire, timely hits through the lineup and kept their composure when the Eagles (9-16) scored three runs in the seventh inning to tie the game.
“That was fun high school baseball,” Russell said. “I think it aged me four years when we had to go to the bottom of the seventh, but it was fun baseball.
“It was a good all-around game. We didn’t make any big blunders. I think the difference tonight and the last three or four games is we brought some ‘want to’ to this game.”
“That’s what we need to win,” Scott said, “and we should have it every game. It was fun. It was probably the best game we’ve come back and won.”
It was MSHS that scored first, picking up a run in the top of the first with a double by Lucas Reynolds and an RBI single from Blake Puckett.
Scott led off the bottom half of the first for the Panthers with his first home run of the season.
“It hit the sweet spot of the bat,” he said. “It didn’t even feel like I hit it. I knew it was gone as soon as it was up in the air.”
The score stayed 1-1 until FHS scored in the third inning. Quire led off with a double, and Scott beat out a bunt to send Quire to third.
Quire scored on a base hit by Dennis Martin.
Madison Southern tied the game in the top of the fourth with a walk, a hit batsman and bloop single from Easten Shouse, but the Panthers answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Connor Slone, Chance Hudnall, Scott and Martin all singled in the inning, and Ben Griffin and Collin Harris both drew walks. Two runs scored on Scott’s base hit, and the other two scored when McKinley Stonewall reached on an error.
The Panthers extended their lead to 7-2 in the fifth inning as Slone and Griffin got on base via errors, putting runners at first and third.
After a strikeout for the first out, Quire swung at a pitch as Slone and Zack Miller, running for Griffin, executed a double steal that allowed Slone to score.
Madison Southern added two runs in the sixth with a walk, an error and a two-run single by Lukas Owens.
The score was still 7-4 going into the seventh, but the Eagles tied it up with three runs in the inning.
The Eagles had three walks, two hits and a fielder’s choice in the inning. One run scored on the fielder’s choice, and two more came home on the double from Griffen Norris.
Another run attempted to score, but Devin Vanover was thrown out at the plate for the third out.
“Madison Southern came into this game with a little want-to, too,” Russell said. “They did a good job coming back. They have a good little ballclub.”
FHS won the game in the bottom of the eighth. Quire was hit by a pitch, and Scott and Martin both bunted for singles to load the bases.
Harris reached on a fielder’s choice, and an error on the play let Quire come home with the winning run.
Scott finished with a home run and three singles, and Martin had three singles. Quire hit a double, and Slone, Hudnall and Caleb Chambers each had a base hit.
Quire pitched the first six innings for the Panthers. Chamber started the seventh inning and faced three batters before Scott came on in relief.
Brandon McQuire and Owens pitched for Madison Southern. The Eagles had seven hits with Reynolds and Norris both hitting doubles.
Frankfort at home again today, facing Trimble at 5:30 p.m.