The final week of the regular season saw the Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats split four games that were filled with drama, excitement and forever moments. The game that meant the most without a doubt was the home contest against Bowling Green.
It would be the final home game ever played on Lady Cat field for the four seniors including Katie Hunter, Destiny Lowhorn, Danielle Coats and Madison Davis. They all stepped up and contributed to a game that will always be remembered -- a game those seniors wanted so desperately to win.
Hunter would steal a base and then score on the final play of the game. Lowhorn would make an incredible play on a ball drilled down the third base line. Coats would smash a walk-off game winner and Davis would launch a first inning, mile high home run over the centerfield fence, then step into the circle and shoot down the Purples by tossing a no-no. The hitters slammed the ball all over the field. Fielders played like all stars and the pitching was literary unhittable as they romped to a 10-0 win.
If one was to conjure up a storybook tale with a perfect ending, this would be the story. The scene in the dugout after the game was filled with laughter, tears, and comfort. These Lady Cats had done something very special, something to punctuate their high school careers, and something that can never be taken away.
In the other games, losses to Allen County and South Warren were not welcome, but against Warren Central the bats came alive as they put together a run-rule blowout 21-1 victory. The week also saw the Lady Cats smash four home runs.
ALLEN COUNTY 8, FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 4
Earlier in the season the Lady Cats traveled to Allen County and came away with a road win. The Lady Patriots visited Franklin-Simpson last week hoping to return the favor and that's just what they did. The first inning saw them rack up four runs, serving notice of what was to come. In the bottom of the inning the Cats fought back, cashing in for two runs of their own. Maggie McBrayer led off with a solo blast over the centerfield fence. Madison Davis then sliced a single to right that slid under the fielders glove, allowing Davis to travel all the way to third. Gracie Arnemann promptly singled to left, sending Davis home. Allen County added three more in the top of the fourth, extending their lead to 7-2. In the last of the fifth, the Lady Cats struck again. Arnemann opened with a double. Kaeleigh Tuck stepped up and sent a towering fly ball to left field that sailed over the fence for a two-run homerun. That would, however, be the extent of the Cats scoring for the day. Allen County added a final run in the sixth. Franklin-Simpson had plenty of chances, collecting thirteen hits, but left too many runners on base. Haley Fowler and Tuck each had three hits. Arnemann, Davis, and McBrayer had two a piece.
FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 10, BOWLING GREEN 0
This game belonged to the Lady Cats from the beginning. Ten runs on eleven hits, to go along with excellent fielding, propelled Franklin-Simpson to victory. Madison Davis kept the Purples in check with another masterful no-hitter. Maddie Utley led the hit parade with three. Maggie McBrayer and Danielle Coats had two each. Coats had three RBI's; Utley and Gracie Arnemann each had a pair. McBrayer and Davis each had one.
SOUTH WARREN 15, FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 4
South Warren had things well in hand at home, scoring in every inning on the way to a six inning run-rule win. The Lady Cats did make some noise in the fourth inning. Haley Fowler reached first on an error, then advanced to second on a ground out. Destiny Lowhorn singled, sending Fowler to third. With two outs, Maggie McBrayer walked to load the bases. Madison Davis promptly drilled a double to right, clearing the bases. Gracie Arnemann then doubled home Davis. That would prove to be the extent of the Cats offense.
FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 22, WARREN CENTRAL 1
The Lady Cats ended the regular season with their most prolific output of the year, disposing of Warren Central with a three inning run-rule victory. Extra base hits came from Kaeleigh Tuck, (homerun) Madison Davis, (two doubles), and Maggie McBrayer, ( double). Destiny Lowhorn banged out three hits. McBrayer, Davis, Haley Fowler, Danielle Coats, and Shelby Caudill had two each. RBI's came from Tuck who had four; Davis, Lowhorn, and Caudill had three each. Daniel Coats and Hanna Arthur combined to do the pitching, allowing just one run on two hits, striking out eight.
Franklin-Simpson ended the regular season with a record of 18-16, bettering last year's regular season mark of 14-22. The Lady Cats will lose four Seniors, but have a young group of players that continue to improve and who should be able to help continue their winning ways. Next up is the District Tournament at Logan County and hopefully from there, the Regional Tournament, which is held on the Western Kentucky University field. Until next time, "see you at the ballpark."