Frankfort High’s baseball team started Tuesday’s game well, scoring two runs in its first at-bat at Western Hills.
But WHHS took over after that, taking a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the first inning on its way to a 12-2 victory over the Panthers.
The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning on the mercy rule.
The Wolverines, 7-9 overall and undefeated in district play at 3-0, pounded out nine hits and took advantage of miscues by Frankfort’s defense.
“We made some base-running errors,” WHHS coach Eric Grubb said, “and they made some errors. It wasn’t a very pretty game.”
But it was a game the Wolverines needed after being off since Thursday.
“We were able to get some guys in the game and get our pitchers some innings,” Grubb said, “getting some work in to get ready for another district game.”
Today the Wolverines play at Franklin County while FHS continues district play at Woodford County.
Frankfort took its 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Connor Slone was hit by a pitch and scored on a triple by McKinley Stonewall, who scored the Panthers’ second run on an error.
Stonewall’s triple turned out to be the Panthers’ only hit.
WHHS wasted little time taking control of the game. In the bottom of the first Jesse Howard hit a two-run triple, Seth Roush drove in a run with a base hit and Kyle Stevens singled. There was one hit batsman and Frankfort committed two errors.
“We had a good start in the first inning, scoring a couple runs,” FHS coach Jerrad Robin said, “but errors came back to get us. The scoreboard said we had nine, but I think there may have been more than nine.
“I thought our pitchers threw pretty well, but we didn’t make the routine plays behind them.”
WHHS added a run in the second inning with a single by Roush, an error and an RBI double from Zack Barker, and two more runs came across in the third with two walks, a single by Cameron Barton and two errors.
Howard doubled to lead off the WHHS half of the fourth inning, took third on a wild pitch and scored when Thomas Bennett grounded out.
The Wolverines closed out the scoring with a run in sixth inning. Stevens led off with a single, went to second on an error, third on a wild pitch and scored on another error.
“We’ve been pretty sound defensively,” Robin said. “With Jared (Stephens) being out we’ve had to switch some people around to positions they don’t normally play, but you still have to be able to catch a fly ball.”
Stephens, who had been starting at second base for FHS, has been out with an injury since last week.
FHS (6-6, 0-3) finished the game with 10 errors.
Western Hills, which had a game canceled last Friday, played an intersquad scrimmage Saturday.
“It allowed some guys to get some ground balls, to get some swings in. We tried to simulate some live situations, but you just can’t simulate a game against an opponent you don’t see every day.”
WHHS had three players with two hits — Howard with a double and triple, and Roush and Stevens with two singles. The team’s other hits were a double by Barker and base hits from Kyle Fisher and Barton.
Roush was the Wolverines’ starting pitcher and went two innings, and Fisher, Barker, Parker Jackson and Logan Etherington each pitched an inning in relief.
Dre Scott started on the mound for Frankfort and pitched two innings, and Charles Pearl finished the game in relief.
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