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.