The Frankfort Lady Panthers have struggled all season.
But does that mean they’re going to quit? Nope.
“We’re not giving up on them and we’re not letting them give up on themselves,” FHS coach Angie Hutcherson said after her team’s 11-1 five-inning loss to Paris Monday night at Bob Fannin Field. “We’re keeping positive attitudes and that’s all we can do. They’re young and we’re not letting them get down on themselves. It’s not over until it’s over.”
The Lady Panthers (2-11) were expected to compete much harder with the Lady Hounds (8-21), who won an early-season meeting 7-6. But instead, the Lady Panthers lost their fifth straight.
“We’re going to keep practicing and keep working,” Hutcherson said.
Eighth-grader Amanda Morgan threw a complete-game one-hitter for Paris. She struck out 11 and walked two. Morgan also singled and drove in a run.
“If you don’t hit you can’t score,” said Hutcherson, whose team hadn’t scored the last two games. “I don’t know why — we practiced all weekend and hit well in practice. They’re just not keeping their heads on the ball. There’s nothing else we can do; they do it in practice now they just have to do it in the game.”
The Lady Hounds opened up a 9-0 lead through four innings with six of those runs coming via errors or wild pitches. They scored two more runs in the fifth — both coming on wild pitches.
“That’s just what happens,” Hutcherson said. “Once we got a walk on, they would score on wild pitches. We’ve got to get that more focused, our pitching more focused as far as controlling the wild pitches and walks.”
Junior Taylor Addams started in the circle for FHS and gave up six runs on two hits with two strikeouts and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. She moved to first base after twisting her knee a bit going for a grounder, but returned to the circle in the final inning.
Addams hit a two-out single in the fourth for the Lady Panthers’ only hit.
FHS hosts Woodford County in a district doubleheader today starting at 5:30 p.m.