Franklin County’s baseball team had its seven-game winning streak snapped Wednesday, when Woodford County scored four runs in the seventh inning for a 7-5 victory at FCHS.
The win secures the No. 2 seed for the Yellow Jackets in the upcoming 41st District Tournament. FCHS will be the No. 3 seed.
Woodford County (6-16) scored a run in the top of the first inning with singles from Eli Boggess and Travis Bingham.
The Flyers responded with three runs in the bottom of the first and kept the lead until the seventh inning.
“We left a lot out there,” FCHS coach Kevin Goins said. “At times during this winning streak we’ve jumped on teams early, and we did that again today, but we didn’t capitalize on some opportunities.
“We were fortunate in the fifth inning to get a popup when they tried a suicide squeeze bunt with runners on second and third.”
Franklin County (12-19) scored three runs in the first with singles from Rylan Rowe and Blake Redmon, and doubles from Quenton Brownlee and Dawson Willis.
FCHS extended its lead to 4-1 in the second inning when Michael Clark led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Staples, took third on a groundout by Rowe and scored on a wild pitch.
The Yellow Jackets got a run back in the third with a single by Morgan Sheets and a double by Boggess.
Both teams scored runs in the fourth inning, and those proved to be the last runs until the seventh inning.
Woodford scored in the fourth on a walk to Andy Kever and singles by Nate Beavers and Sheets, making the score 4-3, but FCHS struck back in the bottom of the inning.
Staples led off with a walk. He went to second when Rowe grounded out to first and took third on an error on a throw to second.
Brownlee was intentionally walked, and after a popup at first for the second out, Willis singled to drive in Staples and give FCHS a 5-3 lead.
The Yellow Jackets threatened in the fifth inning when Boggess led off with a double. Bingham followed with a single, sending Boggess to third, and Bingham took second on a throwing error.
With runners at second and third and no outs, Blake Hacker popped up a bunt that was caught by FCHS catcher Willis, and Boggess was doubled off third for the second out.
A fly ball ended the threat.
Woodford scored four runs in the seventh inning to go ahead 7-5 on singles by Boggess, Hacker and Kever, a triple by Bingham and an error.
The Flyers went down in order in the seventh inning.
“We have some guys scuffling, struggling a little bit,” Goins said, “and it’s poor, pitiful me.
“We went away from some of the things that got us on that winning streak. I get frustrated, they get frustrated, but then you realize they’re teenagers.”
Willis led FCHS’ hitters with a double and two singles. Brownlee hit a double and single, and Alden Gatewood, Clark, Rowe and Redmon each had a base hit.
Tanner Walker was the Flyers’ starting pitcher, going four innings, and Redmon finished the game in relief.
Boggess and Bingham both went 4-for-4 for Woodford — Boggess with two singles and two doubles, and Bingham with three singles and a triple.
Sheets singled twice, and Hacker, Kever and Beavers all singled.
FCHS plays again Friday in the Fayette County Invitational. The Flyers play at Lafayette Friday, and they have games Saturday against Barren County and Conner. Those games will also be played at Lafayette.
Franklin County’s Michael Hurt celebrated Senior Night Monday with a no-hit, 8-3 victory over Owen County.
Hurt struck out four and didn’t give up a walk.
Owen County scored its three runs in the fifth inning as the Flyers committed four errors.
FCHS took a 2-0 lead in the second inning with an error, a single by Gatewood and a double by Ben Sands.
The Flyers extended their advantage to 4-0 in the third inning with a hit batsman, a walk and a double by Willis.
After the Rebels pulled within a run at 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning, FCHS responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning with an error, a double by Willis and singles by Hurt and Sands.
Franklin County closed out the scoring in the sixth inning with a single from Rowe and a double by Alex McKinney.
Sands went 3-for-3 for FCHS with a double and two singles. Willis doubled twice, and Gatewood, Hurt and Rowe each had a base hit.
FCHS’ seniors were honored in a pre-game ceremony. They are Brownlee, Hurt, McKinney, Matthew Lee, Rowe, Sands and Amir Owens.