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Prep baseball roundup: Franklin County goes 2-0 in tourney

MONTICELLO — After getting off to a sluggish start both on the mound and at the plate, the Franklin County High School Bulldogs rallied from a pair of early deficits to defeat the South Pike High School Eagles 8-5 Thursday morning at the Lawrence County Tournament.

While Franklin County starting pitcher Ethan Verdin struggled in his one inning, South Pike starting pitcher Blake Lantrip was solid. Verdin allowed four runs on two hits and four walks.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs had a hard time putting hits together against Lantrip. They trailed the Eagles 4-1 at the end of the first inning and 5-3 after two innings of play. After a scoreless third inning, the Bulldogs tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the fourth inning.

Thomas Slagle came on in relief of Verdin and held the Eagles to one run despite allowing two hits and walking two batters.

In the top of the fifth inning, Lantrip had a hard time finding the strike zone and Franklin County took advantage of not only that, but a South Pike defense that committed four errors. The Bulldogs ended up scoring four runs in the frame to take an 8-5 lead.

Verdin and Bryce White each had a double to lead Franklin County at the plate.

Hoby Mullins relieved Slagle and ended up being the winning pitcher after the Bulldogs took the lead in the top of the fifth. Mullins pitched three shutout innings while giving up just three hits and striking out four batters.

Lantrip pitched four-plus innings, allowing seven runs on six hits with five walks and four strikeouts before being pulled.

Franklin County ousted lawrence County High School in its second game of the day 16-8.

Cathedral 7, West Lincoln 3

MONTICELLO — Sam Parker had a solid, complete-game performance as the Cathedral Green Wave defeated the West Lincoln Bears 7-3 Thursday afternoon at the Lawrence County Tournament.

Parker allowed three runs on six hits, struck out six and walked three to pick up the win. And it didn’t take long for Cathedral’s bats to back him up. The Green Wave scored one run in the bottom of the first inning and two in the bottom of the second for a 3-0 lead.

The only inning in which Parker was remotely close to getting in trouble was the top of the fourth inning, when West Lincoln scored two runs off him. But Cathedral responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth.

Jacob Jenkins went 2-for-3 and Ty Brown was 2-for-4 for Cathedral (5-1), which hosts Franklin County at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Block 23, Harrisonburg 0

HARRISONBURG, La. — Taylor Perron-Krause threw four innings of shutout ball with nine strikeouts and went 2-for-4 with a triple and four runs batted in as the Block Bears defeated the Harrisonburg Bulldogs 23-0 in five innings Thursday afternoon at the Harrisonburg Tournament for their first win of the season.

The fewest number of runs Block scored in one inning was two in the top of the fourth inning. The most runs the Bears scored was nine in the top of the third. In addition to piling up 13 hits, Block also took advantage of seven Harrisonburg errors.

Kaylin Curry went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, Austin Danzy was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs, and Ronnie Littleton was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs.

Block (1-3) takes on St. Joseph (Plaucheville) at 6 p.m. today at the Harrisonburg Tournament.