Just about everything went right Monday for Frankfort High’s baseball team except hitting, and that cost the Panthers as they fell to Burgin 4-2 at Charlie Figg Field.
“That Robbins kid pitched a whale of a game,” FHS coach Anthony Russell said of Burgin’s Jared Robbins. “I think he had 11 strikeouts, and that’s the second game in a row we’ve had double-digit strikeouts.
Robbins, a junior, went the distance on the mound for the Bulldogs, now 4-17. He allowed just five hits, which were scattered through the seven innings.
There was just one inning where the Panthers (13-15) had more than one hit, and that was the fifth when they scored both their runs.
“Our defense played pretty well, and our pitching wasn’t bad,” Russell said. “It was his (Robbins) game tonight. We struggled with hitting the ball.”
Burgin scored a run in the first with a single by Robbins and two errors. The Bulldogs added a run in the third when Robbins hit a two-out single and scored on a base hit by Mason Myers.
The score stayed 2-0 until the top of the fifth when Burgin added two more runs.
Zach Curtsinger led off with an infield single, and Robbins and Hunter Harrison both doubled to drive in runs.
That made the score 4-0, but FHS got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Dré Scott reached base on an error with two outs and scored on a double by Dennis Martin. Collin Harris followed with a double to score Martin and make the score 4-2.
That’s as close as the Panthers got as they went down in order the last two innings.
Frankfort’s hits were Martin and Harris each with a double and single, and Ben Griffin with a single.
A.J. Bramble was the Panthers’ starting pitcher and went three innings before being relieved by Jeffrey Quire. Scott pitched the last two innings.
Robbins led Burgin’s hitters with two doubles and a single.
Monday was senior night for FHS, and seniors Martin, Bramble, Jordan Dean and Zach Perry were honored before the game.
“I hate for our seniors to go out with a loss to Burgin,” Russell said, “but we have another home game to redeem ourselves.”
The Panthers play at home Thursday against Owen County.