Flyers get revenge

Brownlee pitching lifts Franklin Co. over Western Hills, snaps losing streak

By Nate Parsons Published:

Franklin County didn’t forget about that one-run loss to Western Hills a week ago.

Senior Quenton Brownlee tossed a complete-game gem, as FCHS beat WHHS 2-0 in 41st District play Wednesday night at FCHS.

“It’s nice to get the win against Western Hills,” said FCHS coach Kevin Goins, whose team lost 3-2 to WHHS six days earlier. “We told them they were going to come in with all the confidence in the world that they think they’re better than us. ... They’re a quality team, but we stepped up to the challenge.”

The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Flyers (5-17, 2-2).

“This is definitely a confidence builder,” Goins said.

Brownlee scattered four hits and struck out seven with two walks. He only allowed two hits over the final six innings.

“The last three outings he’s been a different guy. His last three outings have been excellent and he’s gotten better with each one,” Goins said.

“And today we had to have him.”

The Wolverines (7-10, 3-1) struggled to hit Brownlee all night, recording all of their hits with two outs.

“We just couldn’t put any hits together,” said WHHS coach Eric Grubb, whose team had won five of seven. “We didn’t do anything with less than two outs. If you try to win tight ballgames like this one right here and you don’t get any hits with less than two outs, it takes you out of the game as far as being aggressive.”

FCHS took a 1-0 lead in the fourth after freshman Ryan Staples’ single scored sophomore Blake Redmon, who was hit by a pitch. Then in the fifth, Brownlee singled and scored on senior Matthew Lee’s groundout to make it 2-0.

“We did enough to eke out a couple runs,” said Goins, whose team had just six hits. “By no means was it a super effort by us.”

Sophomore Parker Jackson picked up the loss for WHHS, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing one run on five hits with one strikeout and one walk.

“Pitching-wise, we threw great,” Grubb said. “Parker Jackson’s first start ever — very nice, very proud of him.”

Brownlee and senior lead-off hitter Rylan Rowe each had two singles for the Flyers.

Senior Zack Barker had two singles and sophomore Jesse Howard tripled for the Wolverines.

“We’ve had some tough losses this year,” Grubb said, “so I expect them to handle it like they always did and come out the next day and play.”

FCHS takes on DeSales Friday at 6 p.m. in the Louisville Invitational Tournament, while WHHS is at Owen County for a doubleheader with Henry County Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m.

To see more photos from the game, click here.

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