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Franklin Co. splits in Sat. tourney

MCCOMB — Franklin County’s slow-pitch softball team finally got its season under way Saturday by splitting its two games at the McComb Classic, falling to Bogue Chitto 3-2 in 10 innings before rallying for a 3-2 win over West Lincoln.

However, had the Lady Bulldogs lost to the Lady Bears Saturday afternoon and went 0-2, head coach Dana Smith would not have counted these as official games.

The first game of the day, which started in the late morning (11:45 a.m., to be exact) and went into the early afternoon, was a pitcher’s duel between Bogue Chitto’s McGehee and Franklin County’s Mildred Starks.

Neither team scored a run until the 10th inning. With the international rule in effect at that part of the game, the Lady Bobcats started with a runner on second. That runner scored on an error in the outfield and the second run scored on a throwing error to home plate.

In the bottom of the 10th, Destiney Dedeaux started on second base and scored on a base hit by Tammy Alexander to make it a 2-1 game. However, the Lady Bulldogs were unable to keep the game going.

Franklin County trailed West Lincoln 1-0 at the end of the first inning before scoring two runs in the top of the second to take the lead. But the Lady Bears answered with one run of their own in the top of the fourth inning to tie the score at 2-2.

The Lady Bulldogs scored one run in the top of the seventh to retake the lead and Starks pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh to preserve the win.

“Defensively, I was satisfied. Offensively, we’ve got some work to do. We knew that going into today,” Smith said.

As for how Starks’ performance on the mound, Smith said, “She did well for her first day. She only pitched four practices. She didn’t have a walk all day. So she did well.”

Franklin County (1-1) hosts Brookhaven on Tuesday. The junior varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m.