Franklin County picked a good time to start playing some of its best baseball.
Seniors Rylan Rowe, Quenton Brownlee and Alex McKinney each had two hits, as FCHS beat Greenup County 4-3 in the Flyer Nation Invitational Saturday.
“The kids have grown up and that’s the important part of it,” FCHS coach Kevin Goins said. “They’re starting to forget about individual and starting to buy into the team concept that we tried to instill on Day 1.
“They’re seeing their hard work pay off and as a coach it’s the right time for it.”
The Flyers (11-18) have won six straight, including all three in the invitational. They also beat Harrison County 6-2 Thursday and defeated East Jessamine 4-3 Saturday morning.
The Musketeers (12-14) won two of three in the invitational.
“Throughout the year we’ve been close then the bottom would fall off or something would go wrong. But today we fought through it and closed out the games.”
FCHS took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first, getting an RBI single from McKinney and an RBI groundout from junior Dawson Willis.
GCHS tied it the third with a solo homer from senior designated-hitter Jerome Boggs and an RBI single from senior Karson Glancy.
The game remained at 3-all until the fifth when Rowe led off with a single then scored on Willis’ single to right to give FCHS a 4-3 lead.
“They dug deep and when we really needed something to happen 1-through-9 somebody is going to come through,” Goins said.
Senior Michael Hurt got the win in relief for the Flyers, as he pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings with a strikeout.
“Michael Hurt is a strike-throwing machine,” Goins said. “He’s not going to light up a radar gun, but the kid competes.”
Junior Parker Clarke went all six innings on the mound for GCHS. He allowed four runs on eight hits with one strikeout and one walk.
Sophomore lead-off hitter Jared Hunt singled twice for the Musketeers. Boggs finished with the homer and two RBIs.
On Saturday morning, FCHS held on against EJHS.
Sophomore Blake Redmon went 3 for 3 with an RBI, Brownlee hit two doubles and drove in a run and Willis had two RBIs.
Eighth-grader Tanner Walker pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts and four walks.
On Thursday, FCHS scored six runs in the first to beat HCHS.
Redmon had two hits and two RBIs, junior Alden Gatewood also had two hits and an RBI and McKinney doubled and drove in two runs.
Brownlee threw a complete-game two-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk.
FCHS hosts Owen County Monday at 6 p.m.