Woodford routs FHS

Panthers battle, but can’t keep Jackets offense in check

By Linda Younkin Published:

Frankfort High’s baseball team had a fight on its hands from the start against Woodford County Friday, and the Panthers went six innings before falling to the Yellow Jackets at Charlie Figg Field.

Woodford won 11-1 in a game called after six innings on the mercy rule.

Woodford (2-11) put up five runs in the top of the first inning, handing the Panthers a 5-0 deficit before they had a chance to bat.

“They came in and hit the ball well in the first inning,” FHS coach Jerrad Robin said. “That put us in a hole, and the kids kind of got down.”

The Yellow Jackets scored their runs in the first with singles by Mason Robinette, Eli Boggess, Colin Enlow and Ryan Roark, a double by Blake Hacker and an error.

Woodford extended its lead to 8-0 in the second inning with singles from Travis Bingham, Boggess and Enlow and an error.

Frankfort (6-5) answered with a run in the bottom of the second with singles by Preston Pearl, Russell Lile and Dre Scott and a walk to DeShawn Newton.

In the third inning Woodford picked up two runs to go ahead 10-1, but the Yellow Jackets were shut down until the sixth inning when Bingham hit a lead-off home run.

“I thought we hit the ball better than we have the last three games,” Robin said, “and that’s a plus.

“We just wanted them to put the ball in play. The kids have been taking too big a swing trying to do too much. We want them to make contact and put the ball in play.”

Pearl singled twice, and Lile and Scott each had a base hit.

Jeffrey Quire was Frankfort’s starting pitcher and pitched into the third inning before being relieved by Scott.

Woodford evened its district record at 1-1 with the win. The Yellow Jackets’ hits were a single and home run by Bingham, two singles apiece by Boggess and Enlow, a double by Hacker, and singles by Robinette, Roark and Andy Kever.

Matthew Eldridge pitched for the Yellow Jackets and went 5 1/3 innings with Pete O’Nan coming in to get the last two outs.

­Frankfort, now 0-2 in the district, plays its next game Tuesday at Western Hills.

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