Flyers aren't giving up despite struggles

Franklin County goes 1-2 in Capital City Classic

By Nate Parsons Published:

Midway through the season, Franklin County is still trying to get something going.

FCHS wrapped up its Capital City Classic Saturday with an 11-5 loss to Boone County. FCHS fell to Henry Clay 6-2 in the morning after beating Somerset 5-3 Friday night.

“By no means are we throwing in the towel,” said FCHS coach Kevin Goins, whose team has yet to win back-to-back games this season.

“We have more talent than a 4-16 team and we’re smart enough to know that. ... We have to be team first and individual stuff second.”

The Flyers (4-16) led 2-1 before the Rebels (11-2) put together two four-run innings to build a 9-2 lead and go on to win their ninth straight.

After sophomores Blake Redmon (RBI single) and Ben Bennett (RBI fielder’s choice) helped FCHS take a 2-1 lead in the second, BCHS came right back the next inning to score four and never trail again.

Senior Austin Johnson hit a two-run single that scored junior Artie Santomo, who led off with a single, and senior Trey Ganns, who walked. Senior Trey Martin then hit an RBI single and junior Blake Roedersheimer followed with an RBI groundout two batters later to make it 5-2.

The lead then became 9-2 in the sixth after another four-run inning — sparked again by a two-run single from Johnson — for the Rebels.

“Today was a little discouraging,” said Goins, whose team had six errors and stranded 12 baserunners. “We had some guys that got away from the team aspect, they got away from situational hitting and just getting in the box and just wailing away. We’re not that talented, we can’t play that way.”

Johnson went five innings for BCHS and allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts. He also went 3 for 3 at the plate with a triple and five RBIs.

Senior lefty Ben Sands took the loss in relief for FCHS. He gave up four runs on four hits with a walk, failing to record an out.

“We’re short-handed on arms on the mound, so it’s just kind of a piece it together and do what we can,” said Goins, whose team used four pitchers in the game.

Roedersheimer had a double, a single and an RBI, while Santomo singled twice for the Rebels. Senior lead-off hitter Rylan Rowe doubled and singled for the Flyers.

FCHS split its first two games in the Capital City Classic, winning 5-3 over SHS (12-9) Friday night before losing 6-2 to HCHS (11-6) Saturday morning.

In the first game, eighth-grader Isaac Dotson recorded the win, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out one and walked three.

Senior Quenton Brownlee went 3 for 3 with a triple, while junior Dawson Willis and freshman Ryan Staples went 2 for 3. Willis had a double and three RBIs.

In the second game, the Flyers never led and trailed 5-0.

Senior Alex McKinney started on the mound and gave up five runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He also went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double.

Willis and senior Matthew Lee each singled and drove in a run.

FCHS is at Woodford County for district play Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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