Frankfort High’s softball team had the hits, but a few more errors than normal and a disheartening injury early in the game were key to the Lady Panthers losing to Trimble County 8-4 Tuesday at Bob Fannin Field.
“It was a good game,” FHS coach Angie Hutcherson said. “We have a lot of testing going on at school, and I thought we were a little sluggish at the start.”
The Lady Panthers also lost a player early in the game when BriAnna Burbridge broke her leg sliding into home plate.
“That mentally set us back,” Hutcherson said, “but we kept our heads up.”
According to text messages sent to The State Journal by Hutcherson, Burbridge was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and treated for a dislocated and fractured tibia.
“I’m just sick over it,” Hutcherson said.
Doctors relocated Burbridge’s tibia and put her in a cast, Hutcherson said this morning in a text. She said Burbridge is expected to be out for eight weeks.
Trimble County got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the first inning and adding three more in the second.
Frankfort put a run on the scoreboard in the second when Aubrey Penn hit a double and Burbridge, running for Penn, scored on a groundout by Peyton Monroe.
The Lady Panthers picked up two runs in the fourth inning, cutting the Lady Raiders’ lead to three.
FHS had three hits in the fourth – a double by Shelby Aldridge and singles by Penn and Taylor Addams – and two walks.
That made the score 6-3, and Frankfort got a run closer in the sixth. Kayla Hortenbury hit a one-out single and took second on a passed ball.
Hannah Davis came through with a base hit to score Hortenbury, cutting Trimble’s lead to two at 6-4.
The Lady Raiders (6-15) added two runs in the seventh inning for an 8-4 lead.
“We had five errors,” Hutcherson said, “and we’ve been having only two errors, so we had a few more today.
“We had the same number of hits they did, but we just didn’t get ours together.”
The Lady Panthers had eight hits, one more than Trimble. Penn finished with a double and a single, Aldridge hit a double, Addams singled twice, and Macy Hutcherson, Davis and Hortenbury each had a base hit.
Renaie Dunn was Frankfort’s starting pitcher and went two innings, and Hortenbury finished the game in relief. Dunn struck out three batters, and Hortenbury had four strikeouts.
FHS (5-11) plays Thursday at Tates Creek.