The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats celebrated their season with their awards banquet last week at the Arling at Kenny Perry's Country Creek Golf Course.
The Wildcats battled numerous injuries throughout the season. Despite all that, they finished their season with an overall record of 20-19 and won the 2019 13th District Baseball tournament Championship with victories over the Todd County Central Rebels and the Logan County Cougars to win their second district tournament title in three seasons.
The team also had some impressive wins this season such as a 3-2 victory over Louisville St. Xavier, who was ranked number one in the state at that time. That was the first time ever that this program defeated a team that was ranked number one in Kentucky. They also had a come from behind win over East Robertson (TN) when they trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning with two outs with a walk-off 4-3 victory. Plus, two victories at Logan County, 1-0 as they allowed one hit to share the district regular season championship and an 11-4 district tournament championship victory. They also won two out of three games in the PBR Kentucky/Tennessee challenge and won a couple of games at the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, SC.
"For me and the coaching staff, it was a rewarding season for us," Wildcats head coach Kyle Gammons said. "We got the most out of our guys. It was tough, very rewarding at times but I enjoyed the ride with those guys. The season would have went a little better. 12 of our losses were two runs or less. Our record did not reflect how good we were. The season didn't end like we wanted it to but we never quit, kept playing and very proud of these guys."
The team finished with an overall district record of 7-1. For the second season in a row, they shared the district regular season title with Logan County and
The Wildcats honored their six seniors: Jacob Adams, Hunter Crafton, Jacob Curtis,Cole Heinze, Zach Sliger and Preston Strode.
Gammons and his coaching staff: Greg Harvey, Bert Jones and Wes Marklin are already in the process of preparing for next season with even more opportunities for the younger players to see more playing time on the varsity level next season along with the inaugural edition of a Class 2-A Tournament that will take place during the season.
"Very excited for the young guys to have the opportunity to play and contribute," Gammons said. "We are going to lay a lot of teams, maybe not as many games we played this season but we are going to have some games that will test them and get them ready for the postseason. And the addition of the Class 2-A Tournament will be beneficial for us."