Softball roundups: Bats come alive too late for Franklin County in 5-3 loss

Published 12:01am Wednesday, September 18, 2013

MEADVILLE — Even though Franklin County had 10 hits in its MHSAA Division 3-A opener against Hazlehurst, the Lady Bulldogs didn’t have much to show for it — at least not in the first six innings.

And by the time they did show something, it was too little, too late as the Lady Indians held on for a 5-3 victory Tuesday afternoon.

Hazlehurst starter Adreanna Rogers held Franklin County scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning and gave up just one run through six innings. By that time, Hazlehurst already built at 4-0 lead. She ended up allowing three runs, all earned, with one walk in seven innings.

“We didn’t start hitting the ball until the seventh inning,” Lady Bulldogs head coach Dana Smith said. “We didn’t adjust in the first six innings, that’s the bottom line. We didn’t hit.”

The Lady Indians scored one run in the top of the second inning, two in the top of the third and one in the top of the fourth before Franklin County finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth.

Even though the Lady Bulldogs committed five errors, only one of the five runs that losing pitcher Shelly Case allowed was unearned. Case also went the distance and gave up 10 hits, struck out three and walked one.

Hazlehurst scored its final run in the top of the seventh inning. Franklin County scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Rogers ended any comeback attempts.

Emilee Wallace went 3-for-3 while Macy Brabham and Emily Smith each had a double to lead the Lady Bulldogs at the plate.

 

Franklin County (3-11, 0-1) next plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Crystal Springs.

WCCA 11, Tensas Academy 3

WOODVILLE — Winning pitcher Hannah Lanehart helped her own cause by going 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Wilkinson County Christian Academy Lady Rams past the Tensas Academy Lady Chiefs in an MAIS District 7-A game Tuesday afternoon.

Lanehart pitched all seven innings and gave three runs on nine hits and three walks to go with six strikeouts. She allowed just one run after the first inning and got more than enough run support.

With Lanehart, Mary Kathryn Doucet, and Rhiannon Nettles leading the way, WCCA scored all of its runs in the first four innings. The Lady Rams went into the bottom of the first inning trailing 2-0, but they made up for that with a three-run rally to take the lead for good.

WCCA would go on to add five runs in the bottom of the second inning to put the game away, one in the bottom of the third and two in the bottom of the fourth. Tensas Academy didn’t score again until the top of the sixth. Both Doucet and Nettles went 3-for-4.

Even though the two teams combined for 25 hits — 16 for the Lady Rams and nine for the Lady Chiefs — none of them went for extra bases. Hannah James, Madison Keyes and Lauren Matthews all went 2-for-4 for the Lady Chiefs.

WCCA finished its season with a 3-12 overall and 2-6 in district play.