Franklin County hasn’t exactly fared well against some of the top teams in the state this season.
And it was more of the same Wednesday night, as FCHS fell to Anderson County 7-2 in a battle of top-20 teams at Sally Gaines Field.
The Lady Flyers (22-7-1), who are ranked 16th in the latest Kentucky Softball Coaches Association high school poll, are just 3-8 against state-ranked teams this season, having been outscored 79-34 in those games.
“We’ve been in a little bit of a slump here over the last couple of weeks, but we can play with anybody in the state, I have no doubt of that,” said FCHS coach Tracy Spickard, whose team has lost four of seven overall. “We’ve beat some top teams in the state. ... The potential is there, the capability is there, we just have to play focused softball for seven innings.”
The 18th-ranked Lady Bearcats (20-6) have won 16 of their last 18, with one of those losses coming when these two teams met earlier in the season.
“It was a disappointing effort overall. I was pleased with the way that we showed some fight in the end, we didn’t quit,” Spickard said.
Anderson County scored all seven of its runs in the fourth to open up a 7-0 lead, taking advantage of six hits and poor defensive plays.
“You couple those two things (hits and errors) together and that’s going to make for a bad inning,” Spickard said.
Sophomore Kaci Currens got the scoring started with a two-run double. Junior Marissa Walker hit an RBI fielder’s choice and sophomore Autumn Beasley followed with an RBI double. Junior lead-off hitter Corrin Robinson hit an RBI single before two more runs came off errors.
“You can’t give up that big inning,” Spickard said. “If we prevent that inning then it’s a whole different game.”
Sophomore Mia Aldridge scattered five hits over seven innings for the Lady Bearcats. She didn’t allow a hit until one out in the third and she struck out four and walked five.
“We’ve got to get back to hitting the ball hard consistently,” Spickard said. “We had very few hard hit balls tonight in the grass.”
Senior Kara Howard went all seven innings for FCHS. She allowed only three hits outside of the big inning and she struck out six.
Howard also hit a two-out, two-run triple in the fifth and a two-out single to load the bases in the seventh for the Lady Flyers.
FCHS will compete in the Kentucky Prep 5-Star Showcase in London at North Laurel High School this weekend beginning with North Laurel Friday at 7 p.m.