Frankfort falls to Nelson

Lady Panthers lose 8th straight; still working to get better

By Nate Parsons Published:

As the regular season comes to a close, Frankfort is still trying to get better.

FHS gave up three five-run innings in a 17-1 five-inning loss to Thomas Nelson Thursday night at Bob Fannin Field.

The loss was the eighth straight for the Lady Panthers (2-15), who have been outscored 127-19 during that time.

“All in all, our hitting’s getting better, our fielding’s getting better,” FHS coach Angie Hutcherson. “I feel pretty good about where we are right now.

“Mind-wise, they’re good, they’re not giving up and still fighting.”

The Lady Generals (4-20-1) scored five runs in the second, fourth and fifth, batting through the order in each inning to snap a seven-game skid. They only had five hits in those three innings and 10 of those 15 runs came with two outs.

“Right now I’m just putting people in positions and working them out to get ready for districts,” said Hutcherson, whose team will play state-ranked Franklin County in the 41st District Tournament Monday night. “I’m not really worrying about score right now, just getting ready for districts.”

Freshman Alexis Hutchins pitched all five innings for TNHS, giving up one run on three hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

Freshman Michelle Mattingly had two singles and an RBI for the Lady Generals. Junior Olivia Rogers singled and drove in three runs and sophomores Tiffany Roberts (RBI triple), Taryn Roby (RBI single) and Jessica Robey (RBI single) each drove in runs.

Junior Taylor Addams started and finished in the circle for FHS. She allowed six runs on two hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

“We’re still working on pitching,” said Hutcherson, whose three pitchers allowed 11 walks and eight runs to score off wild pitches. “We looked a little bit better tonight, but we still need to make some adjustments.”

Seventh-grader T.T. Barnett had two singles out of the lead-off spot for the Lady Panthers. Senior Rachel Palmgren also singled to lead off the second and later scored on a wild pitch.

“We still need to hit some more,” Hutcherson said. “We’re putting the ball on the bat at least.”

FHS faces Nelson County at 6 p.m. today in its final home game.

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