Franklin Co. beats Tylertown

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 31, 2009

BUDE — For a moment the Tylertown Chiefs had the Franklin County Bulldogs right where they wanted them, but a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh ended the Chiefs’ upset bid as the Bulldogs scored the game-winning run in a 3-2 victory.

“We just hung in there and battled tonight,” Franklin County coach Brent Calcote said. “It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.”

Franklin County (10-4, 9-0) overcame a 2-1 deficit in the fourth inning to win the game, which began Friday night before being post-poned in the third inning by severe thunderstorms.

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Tylertown shortstop Johnny McKenzie produced a game-turning RBI double in the third to tie the game before Laron Holmes plated a single in the fourth to put the Chiefs in control 2-1.

Errors by Tylertown allowed the Bulldogs to battle back in the last two frames. Franklin County sophomore Milton Griffin scored on a pass ball in the sixth, while sophomore shortstop Austin McFarland drew a walk in the seventh to send in Calvin Johnson from third.

“We didn’t hit the ball well tonight,” Calcote said. “We’ve got to do a better job with that.”

Christian Johnston led the Bulldogs with two singles, while Griffin had a double.

On the mound, DeHendret Collins gained the win, striking out 11 and walking two with three hits.

For Tylertown, Jawon Jackson absorbed the loss, despite striking out five.

The Bulldogs play at 5 p.m. today against North Pike.