Franklin-Simpson completed another successful week with a couple of positive wins and a loss to undefeated Warren East. The reason it was "good" is that they are one of the top two teams in the State, normally defeating teams via run-rule. The Lady Cats held the Lady Raiders high-powered offense to just six runs, three of which didn't come until the final inning. Despite losing, the Lady Cats gained well-earned confidence that will be helpful the remainder of the season. The improved hitting continues and the pitching remains strong. Fielding, which has been a struggle has begun showing improvement as well, despite occasional relapses.
FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 13, TODD COUNTY 0
Todd County proved no match for the Lady Cats in their District matchup at home. Franklin-Simpson dropped five runs in the first inning. Control problems plagued the Lady Rebels as walks were issued to Haley Fowler, Gracie Arnemann, and Kaysten Thomas. Madison Davis and Danielle Coats both doubled as the Cats took early control. The onslaught continued in the bottom of the second. Fowler walked again and Davis, Arnemann, Kaeleigh Tuck, Maddie Utley, and Destiny Lowhorn each singled, along with another Coats double leading to six more Lady Cat runs. They added one more in the third and another in the fourth, coasting to a 13-0 five inning run-rule win. Cat pitcher Davis had complete control in the circle, tossing a one hitter, missing a perfect game by just one pitch, as she walked none while striking out seven. Utley was the team offensive leader, going two for three, scoring twice while collecting four RBI'S. Armemann and Coats each had two RBI's. Davis and Lowhorn each had one.
FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 9, METCALFE COUNTY 4
The Metcalf County Lady Hornets came to town, hoping to snag a win, but the Lady Cats had other ideas. Metcalf scored early with a run in the first, but Franklin-Simpson had an answer in the last of the second. Kaeleigh Tuck opened the inning with a single to left. Adasia Partinger ran for Tuck and promptly stole second base, then took third on Maddie Utley's ground out to third. Lexi Holleman reached on an error, allowing Partinger to score. Danielle Coats stepped up and drilled a double to left, Holleman advancing to third, who then scored on a sacrifice from Destiny Lowhorn. Katie Hunter drew a walk. Meanwhile, Lowhorn was busy stealing second and third, then scored on a wild pitch. That brought up the leadoff batter Haley Fowler who slapped a double to center, sending Hunter home with another Lady Cat run. When the dust had settled it was 5-1 Cats. The Lady Hornets rallied in the fifth, scoring three times to pull within one. In the last of the fifth Gracie Arnemann got all of a fastball, sending it soaring over the rightfield fence for a solo home run. Franklin-Simpson added three more in the sixth while pitcher Madison Davis shut down Metcalf in order in the final inning, striking out the final two batters, giving her nine K's for the game.
WARREN EAST 6, FRANKLIN-SIMPSON 0
Danielle Coats took the circle for the Lady Cats, pitching an outstanding game against the Lady Raiders, giving up just four earned runs, scattering nine hits while striking out four against a team that averages over ten runs per game. Offensively, the Cats could manage just three hits against Katie Gardner, the top rated pitcher in the State. Those hits came from Maggie McBrayer, Gracie Arnemann, and Madison Davis. Defensively, Franklin-Simpson turned in some defensive gems, including catcher Kaeleigh Tuck who cut down a Lady Raider trying to steal second base. Davis, playing left field, cut off a lined smash into the gap in left-center, spun around and fired a laser to second base, eliminating the batter who was trying to stretch a single into a double. Haley Fowler had another stellar game at second base, proving herself to be one of the Lady Cats finest fielders.
The Lady Cats have played quite well since returning from the Florida Beach Bash, going 8-3 during that stretch. They head towards the end of the season with confidence and their eye on a spot in the regional tournament.
Tough games lie ahead, but the Ladies have been responding well to the challenges. This should be an exciting finish.
Until next time, "see you at the ballpark."