BY JOEY MILLER
It was suspected that Logan County had amassed a group of very talented hitters, hoping to take back the district title they lost to Franklin-Simpson last season.
After the Lady Cats loss at home to the Lady Cougars last week, the talent of the opposing team was confirmed as fact. Logan is for real and the Lady Cats have work to do if they are to repeat. A trip to Bowling Green also turned out to be unkind. After falling behind, the ladies fought back to tie the game, only to fall in extra innings. Weather also became an issue, washing out scheduled games against Monroe County and Portland, Tennessee.
LOGAN COUNTY 12, FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 4
The game was actually very close through four innings, with Logan holding just a 4-3 advantage. The Lady Cats pushed home two runs in the first and another in the second. Unfortunately, Franklin-Simpson would manage only one other run on the night, which came in the last of the seventh. The Cougar strategy was to pitch around Madison Davis, walking her in the first inning and then issuing intentional walks to her the next two times up. The undoing of the Lady Cats however, has become a common theme. Errors. Six was the count against Logan. Kaeleigh Tuck had two hits, as did Lexi Holleman. Sherrika Kitchens added another.
BOWLING GREEN 8, FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 7
The game began well enough for the Lady Cats. With one out, Madison Davis singled, Gracie Arnemann doubled and Kaeleigh Tuck singled, scoring Davis for a 1-0 lead. Over the next four innings, however, they could muster just two hits and one more run. The Lady Purples start was a bit more productive. Two in the first, three in the second, and two more in the third gave them a comfortable lead 7-2 through five innings. Davis, who started the game at second base, was asked to take over in the circle with one out in the bottom of the third and was able to stop the bleeding, finishing the game without allowing an earned run. At that point, Franklin-Simpson could have just handed over the game, but instead they chose to fight back. In the top of the sixth, Addy Boyd opened with a single, as well did Maggie McBrayer. Shelby Caudill then walked, loading the bases. Raegan Coffee lifted a fly ball to left field for an out, but it was deep enough for the runner on third to tag up and score. Davis was next up and she promptly drilled a double to left center bringing home two more runs. Arnemann then joined in on the fun, ripping a line drive triple into the right field corner for another Lady Cat score. Tuck then singled to left, driving home Arnemann. When the dust had settled, Franklin-Simpson had tied the game at seven apiece. Regulation ended with the game still tied and the umpires put the game into an international tie-breaker for the eighth inning. That rule puts a runner on second base to start the inning. The Lady Cats were unable to push their runner across, but Bowling Green was, notching a hard fought win.
The Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats continue on a roller coaster season. Just when they get some momentum on their side, they seem to slip back. Plenty of time remains for them to put up a successful season, but the time has come to make a move. A few more wins, a favorable bounce here and there, better defense and timely hitting makes up the formula needed to bring this thing home.
Until next time, "see you at the ballpark."