Frankfort has been no stranger to playing in close games so far this season.
Junior Connor Kelly pitched six solid innings and junior Jared Stephens hit a big two-run single to help FHS rally for a 3-2 win over Sayre Thursday night at Charlie Figg Field.
All the Panthers (2-1)games this season have been decided by one run.
“I don’t necessarily like it as much as I think these guys do,” FHS coach Jerrad Robin said. “We show the toughness in staying in every single game — that’s one of the goals that we set. When I met with the seniors, we came up with some goals that we wanted to do and one of them was be competitive in every game. So far we’ve done a really good job of doing that.”
Kelly started and picked up the win for FHS, giving up just two runs and six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Senior Dre Scott pitched a perfect seventh.
“He did a great job. Both outings he’s started he’s come in and thrown a lot of strikes and that’s what we’ve asked him to do,” Robin said. “In high school baseball if you throw strikes usually the defense can make the plays behind you.”
After the Spartans (1-1) scored two runs on three hits in the top of the fifth, the Panthers answered in the bottom half of the inning.
Sophomore DeShawn Newton was hit by a pitch, Scott singled to center and Kelly reached on an error to load the bases. Stephens then followed with a two-run single and junior Jeff Quire hit a two-out RBI single two batters later.
“Those two guys, their bats are big in our lineup,” Robin said of Stephens and Quire. “And I think as the year goes on they’re going to come on more and more.”
Sophomore Mike Flora took the loss in relief for SHS after allowing a run in 1 2/3 innings.
Scott had two singles for the Panthers. Sophomore Mason Stockham singled twice for the Spartans.
FHS plays at Eminence today at 5:30 p.m.