Franklin County is cruising

Kara Howard leads Lady Flyers in rout of Lady Panthers

By Nate Parsons Published:

Franklin County is playing some pretty good softball right now.

Senior Kara Howard pitched a no-hitter and homered to lead FCHS to a 15-0 four-inning rout of Frankfort in 41st District play Tuesday night at Sally Gaines Field. The game was originally scheduled to be FHS’ first home game, but its field was unplayable.

The Lady Flyers (13-1-1, 2-1), ranked 19th in the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association high school poll, have won seven straight, including the last four by shutout.

“We’re coming together and playing well,” FCHS coach Tracy Spickard said. “We’re starting to string some hits together and starting to come together defensively.

“This is what we want to do this time of year. We’re now in the heart of our season so we want to start coming together, executing and playing well.”

The Lady Panthers (1-7, 0-3) are moving in the opposite direction, having lost their last four games by a combined score of 66-0. That stretch started with a 15-0 three-inning loss to the Lady Flyers a week ago.

“(FCHS) is a great team this year. I look for them to have a great showing in districts and regionals and maybe even state,” FHS coach Angie Hutcherson said. “My girls, I was proud of them. They didn’t give up, they gave great effort tonight and had great spirit. We’re going to end on a positive note tonight and look to continue to build on that.”

Howard struck out seven and didn’t allow a baserunner for FHS. She also hit a three-run homer to left-center field in the third and added two RBI singles.

“She’s the complete package,” Spickard said. “That’s a total game for you.”

After scoring five runs in the first two innings, the Lady Flyers exploded for seven runs in the third. They had seven hits, getting a three-run homer from Howard, RBI doubles from freshman Chandler Kelly and senior Shelby Sanders and RBI singles from sophomore Sydney Wiard and senior Whitney Edwards.

FCHS finished with 16 hits. Kelly finished with three doubles and four RBIs, Sanders had a triple, double, single and two RBIs, while junior Kiana Butler hit two bunt singles and drove in a run and senior Tori Zeigler doubled and singled.

“Several kids in the lineup, top to bottom, are hitting the ball hard and that’s what it takes,” Spickard said.

Junior Taylor Addams pitched all four innings for the Lady Panthers, striking out three and walking three.
“We’ve had a long talk about being positive and being a family,” Hutcherson said. “They’re supporting each other.”

FHS will host Eminence — a team it beat 20-1 — today at 5:30 p.m. FCHS goes to Western Hills for another district game Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

To see more photos from this game, click here.

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