Franklin County picks up important softball win

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 5, 2008

MEADVILLE — Morgan Knapp came up big when her Franklin County Lady Bulldogs needed her the most Thursday night with a game ending throw to win the game and hits to pace her team to a dramatic 4-2 victory over Tylertown in fast-pitch softball play.

The Lady Bulldogs (13-6, 3-2) must win out in the district race with games against Columbia and at Tylertown remaining in order to make the playoffs.

“We played well tonight,” said Franklin County coach Dana Smith. “I am proud of my girls. We were patient at the plate.”

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Knapp, a sophomore outfielder had two of Franklin County’s three hits. Sophomore shortstop Kacey Smith had the other, with a RBI double.

“We are trying to take it one game at a time,” Smith said. “We have to stay focused.”

Tylertown mounted a late seventh inning rally, highlighted by a throwing error that scored the visitors a run and perhaps a second if it wasn’t for Knapp’s on target throw to catcher Taylor Stewart for the final out.

Franklin County senior pitcher Melissa McFarland secured the win for the Lady Bulldogs, striking out nine in going the distance.

Jasmine Clements suffered the loss for Tylertown.

Franklin County plays at Columbia Saturday beginning at 1. The Lady Dawgs play host to Columbia Monday for Senior Night beginning at 5:30. Franklin County travels to Tylertown Tuesday for the final regular season game of the season.

“We’ve got to win out to make the playoffs,” Smith said. “We’ve just got to stay focused and play our game.”