Prep Softball: Lady Flyers crush Shelby...eventually

Franklin County scores early, but doesn’t put away the game until the sixth inning

By Linda Younkin, Published:

Franklin County’s softball team scored one run in the first inning then waited until the sixth inning to put the game away, beating Shelby County 7-0 Friday at Sally Gaines Field.

“We hit way too many balls in the air,” FCHS coach Tracy Spickard said, “and the ground balls we hit were right at them.”

The Lady Flyers (25-8-1) scored a run in the first inning. Kara Howard led off and reached base on an error. She went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tori Zeigler and scored on a base hit by Sydney Wiard.

FCHS didn’t score again until the sixth inning when it pushed across six runs on four hits and two Shelby County errors.

In the second, fourth and fifth innings, Franklin County went down in order.

 “We were dropping our hands and getting under the ball,” Spickard said, “and it would get hung up in the air. The way the wind was today, it stayed up there long enough for someone to get under it and catch it.”

The Lady Flyers threatened in the third inning, getting the first two batters on base.

In what may have been the highlight of the game, senior Renate Sundvold led off the third inning with a single.

Sundvold, an exchange student from Norway, hadn’t played softball until this spring, and hadn’t had a hit in a junior varsity or varsity game until Friday.

Howard followed with a base hit, and FCHS had runners at first and second with no outs.

A popup in the infield and two fly balls left the runners stranded.

Franklin County capitalized on the same opportunity in the sixth inning, getting the first two runners on base and scoring six runs.

Ziegler led off with a base hit, and Wiard reached on an error. After a fly ball for one out, Whitney Edwards singled to load the bases.

Chandler Kelly hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing Zeigler out at home and keeping the bases loaded.

With two outs, Alyssa Gaines drew a walk to score Jamie Jordan, running for Wiard.

Shelby Brown and Howard both hit two-run singles, and the final run came home on an error.

“In the sixth inning we strung some hits together,” Spickard said, “and we opened it up a little bit.”

Shelby County’s best chance to score came in the fifth inning when the Lady Rockets led off with back-to-back singles. SCHS tried to score a run on another base hit, but Kiana Butler threw the runner out at the plate from left field.

Howard pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and no walks.

Getting hits for the FCHS were Howard with two singles, and Wiard, Brown, Sundvold and Zeigler each with a base hit.

Friday’s game was Senior Night, and FCHS recognized its seniors in a ceremony prior to the game.

This year’s seniors are Howard, Zeigler, Gaines, Edwards, Shelby Sanders and Sundvold.

Franklin County’s next game is Monday in the 41st District Tournament when it takes on Frankfort High at 5:30 p.m. at Bob Fannin Field in Capitol View Park.

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