Flyers stay on track

Franklin Co. beats Frankfort; has won 3 of last 4 games

By Linda Younkin Published:

Franklin County’s baseball team got off to a slow start, but the Flyers gradually gained momentum as they defeated Frankfort High 9-0 Tuesday at Charlie Figg Field.

The game was called after six innings when lightning was sighted.

FCHS (8-18) went down in order in the first inning but scored in every inning after that, starting with three runs in the second.

“I’m proud of my guys,” FCHS coach Kevin Goins said. “The first inning we didn’t get very good swings at the ball, but in the second inning we scored a few runs and we took advantage of some mistakes.

“I like where we’re at right now.”

The Flyers scored three runs in the second with a single from Dawson Willis, a sacrifice bunt by Alden Gatewood, a hit batsman and three FHS errors.

Three runs came across in the third inning as Alex McKinney led off with a double, and Willis, Blake Redmon, Gatewood and Ryan Staples all singled.

Frankfort threatened in the bottom of the third when Preston Pearl and DeShawn Newton drew back-to-back walks with one out, but a fly ball to centerfield and a popup to third base ended the inning.

FCHS added a run in the fourth with singles by Willis and Matthew Lee, and the Flyers went ahead 8-0 in the fifth inning with an error and a double by Quenton Brownlee.

In the sixth inning, singles by Willis and Redmon and an error loaded the bases for the Flyers, and a walk to Ben Sands scored the game’s final run.

Frankfort struggled on offense Tuesday. Zack Miller singled with two outs in the sixth inning for the Panthers’ only hit.

“We had one hit, and that came in the sixth inning,” FHS coach Jerrad Robin said. “I thought our defense looked pretty good. Conner Slone played his best defensive game of the year (at shortstop).

“He knocked down everything that was hit to him and made a couple of really tough plays.”

Jeffrey Quire pitched a complete game for Frankfort.

“Jeffrey threw well,” Robin said. “He threw strikes, and that’s what we asked him to do. A few got through here and there, but he threw really well.”

Tanner Walker was FCHS’ starting pitcher and went three innings before being relieved by Staples. Michael Hurt pitched the sixth inning.

Willis singled four times for the Flyers, and Redmon had two singles. McKinney and Brownlee both doubled, and Staples and Lee each had a base hit.

Franklin County went 2-1 last weekend in the Louisville Invitational Tournament, beating Bishop Brossart and Christian County.

With Tuesday’s victory the Flyers have won three of their last four games.

“It’s taken awhile,” Goins said. “We’re not fortunate enough to have nine great athletes at the beginning of the year, where you knew where everyone would play.

“We’ve had to move some people around. It’s like a big jigsaw puzzle and we keep putting the pieces in place, putting people in the right spot, and we’re having some success.”

Frankfort hosts Western Hills today at 5:30 p.m.

Franklin County’s game with Woodford County, scheduled for today, has been postponed but hasn’t been rescheduled yet. The Flyers’ next game is at home Thursday against Harrison County.

To see more photos from this game, click here.

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