Franklin County’s baseball team stayed close to Madison Southern in the early going, but the Eagles controlled the middle innings and won 12-7 Sunday in the first round of the 11th Region Tournament at FCHS.
“It wasn’t our night,” FCHS coach Jeff Wilhoite said. “They put the ball in play, and we made a couple of bad throwing errors, but all in all it wasn’t our night.
“I can’t think of any particular play that set things off. It was just one of those nights.”
Madison Southern (16-14) scored a run in the top of the first inning, but the Flyers responded with two runs in the bottom of the first with a hit batsman, a walk and a two-run double by Stephen Golson.
The lead was short-lived as the Eagles scored three runs in the second inning for a 4-2 advantage.
FCHS (19-14) tied the game with two runs in the third inning as Jacob Lewis and Golson both singled, the Eagles committed an error and there was a hit batsman.
Madison Southern scored three runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth to go ahead 12-4.
Franklin County closed out the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the seventh on a walk, a hit batsman, a single by Alex Campbell and a double by Kobe Click.
Click was the Flyers’ starting pitcher and went three innings, and Cole Hampton pitched the next 1 1/3 innings. Golson, Lewis and Bennett Myers also pitched in relief.
Golson hit a double and single, Clock hit a double, and Campbell, Hampton, Lewis and Tanner Wainscott each singled.
“I’m proud of this senior class,” Wilhoite said. “They’re a gritty group. That’s eight great seniors and eight great families we have to say goodbye to.”
This year’s seniors are Campbell, Click, Golson, Hampton, Jessie Thurman, Branden Semones, Jacob Smith and Chris Curtis.
Madison Southern will play Lafayette Tuesday in the semifinals at Scott County.