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Franklin County wins trio of 1-run games on way to Showcase title

By Linda Younkin Published:

Franklin County’s softball team went with small ball to score two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and edge Anderson County 2-1 in the championship game of the Capital City Showcase Saturday night at Lakeview Park.

FCHS’ Kara Howard led off the FCHS portion of the sixth inning with a single, and Tori Zeigler followed with a bunt that went for a single and sent Howard to second.

A sacrifice bunt by Sydney Wiard advanced the runners.

Shelby Sanders laid down a bunt and Anderson threw home to get Howard, who slid under the tagged and was called safe, scoring the Lady Flyers’ first run and tying the game at 1-1.

While Whitney Edwards was at bat, Sanders got caught in a rundown that allowed Zeigler to come home from third with the go-ahead run.

A groundout and a fly ball ended the inning with Sanders on third.

The Lady Bearcats took a 1-0 lead in in the top of the sixth inning as Corrin Robinson led off with a double. She went to third on a sacrifice fly by Bailey Curry and scored on an error.

Anderson’s Marissa Walker led off the top of the seventh with a single, but the next three batters went down in order.

Howard was the winning pitcher and pitched every game of the tournament. Allyson Moore pitched for Anderson.

Howard hit two singles, and Zeigler and Chandler Kelly each had a base hit.

Anderson’s hits were a double by Robinson and singles by Alissa Vest, Walker and Katelyn Harrod.

The Lady Bearcats went undefeated in pool play, beating Henry County 9-2, Bourbon County 11-4 and Boyle County 4-3.

They reached the championship game with an 8-2 win over Shelby County and a 13-0 shutout over Boone County in the semifinals.

Woodford Co. 0

Two days after dropping a one-run (5-4) decision to Woodford County, the Lady Flyers returned the favor in the semifinals Saturday.

Woodford squandered a golden opportunity in the first inning, loading the bases with one out and not getting a run home, while the Lady Flyers took advantage of theirs.

With the bases loaded in the first, the Lady Yellow Jackets hit two balls into foul territory on the right side of the infield. FCHS first baseman Kelly caught one for the second out of the inning, and catcher Wiard’s catch was the third out.

FCHS’ run came in the fourth inning when Sanders led off with a double and took third on a groundout by Edwards.

Woodford tried to pick off Sanders at third, but the throw went into left field and Sanders scored on the error for the game’s only run.

Franklin County’s hits were Sanders’ double and singles by Zeigler, Edwards and Kiana Butler.

FCHS 9, Collins 5
Franklin County opened the single-elimination portion of the tournament with a win over Collins.

The Lady Titans scored two runs in the first inning, but Franklin County rallied with six runs in the second inning on doubles by Edwards, Kelly and Wiard, a base hit by Butler, a walk and an error.

Collins added two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth, cutting the Lady Flyers’ lead to one at 6-5, but FCHS added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth with singles by Edwards and Kelly and a sacrifice bunt from Alyssa Gaines.

Butler reached base on an error in the sixth inning, and Howard followed with a home run to make the final score 9-5.

Getting hits for Franklin County were Edwards and Kelly each with a double and single, Howard with a home run and two singles, Wiard with a double, and Butler and Zeigler each with a single.

Pool play
Spencer Co. 0

Howard was the winning pitcher and hit a home run in Saturday afternoon’s game.

Wiard had three hits, two singles and a double, and Sanders hit a double and single. Zeigler singled twice, Kelly hit a triple, and Butler had a base hit.

North Hardin 0

Sanders went 3-for-3 with three singles in Saturday morning’s game. Zeigler and Lindsey Axon each hit a double, and Howard, Wiard, Gaines and Butler all singled.

FCHS 3, Boone Co. 2
Friday’s game went one extra inning using the international tiebreaker.

With the international tiebreaker, each team begins its half of the extra inning with a runner on second base.

Boone County, which scored a run in the seventh to tie the game, went down in order in the eighth inning.

FCHS started its half of the eighth with Butler on second base, and she scored the winning run on a triple by Howard.


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