Cambridge City Lincoln Runs Away With Early Lead To Defeat Franklin County JV
Franklin County’s Junior Vartsity fell behind early and couldn’t come back in an 18-5 loss to Cambridge City Lincoln on Monday. Cambridge City Lincoln scored ten runs in the first inning and the Wildcats were never able to recover. The defeat takes Franklin County’s record to 3-11 on the season.
The Wildcats did gain the league early when the scored in the top of the first inning. The run game on a big hit by sophomore Laura Hildebrand with one out. She crushed a hard line drive into right field that looked like in would be a routine single, but as the Lincoln fielder approached the ball, it struck a rock and shot off in the opposite direction. Hildebrand would round the bases before the ball would get back into the infield to give the Wildcats the 1-0 lead in the first.
Then Lincoln answered with a huge inning. In the bottom of the first the Golden Eagles scored ten runs on a walk by L Duffin, a passed ball during P Roberson’s at bat, a walk by A Harris, a double by T Gregory, a single by S Dungan, a single by K Hall, and a walk by Roberson.
Franklin County’s biggest offensive output came in the top of the fourth inning. Sarah Bare got things started with a lead off walk. Next Izzy Hoff had a single to right field to give the Wildcats runners on first and second with no one out. Both runners advanced the next at bat on a wild pitch to give the Wildcats runners on second and third with no outs. Then J. Patton was able to record back-to-back strikeouts and it looked like Franklin County might come up empty in the inning. Then with two outs, Makaylee Woods had a clutch single on a 3-1 count, scoring both runners.
J Patton led the Cambridge City Lincoln to victory in the circle. She allowed three hits and four runs over four innings, striking out seven.
Karlie Hahn took the loss for Franklin County. She surrendered seven runs on zero hits, three walks, and four hit batters over one-third of an inning.
Hildebrand, Hahn, Woods, and Hoff each managed one hit to lead the Wildcats.
Cambridge City collected seven hits on the day. Dungan and Hall each racked up multiple hits for the Golden Eagles.
The Wildcats Junior Varsity will be back in action on Monday night as they take on the East Central Trojans. First pitch is scheduled to immediately follow the varsity game, which begins at 5 pm.