Franklin County Grabs Late Lead to Survivie Against Rushville
Rushville gave the Wildcats all the could handle on Tuesday night as the Lions grabbed the lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. However, Franklin County was able to score one in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game and one run in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good and the game by a final score of 3-2. With the win Franklin County has now won ten straight games with a record of 17-3 (9-2 EIAC). Rushville falls to 0-11 on the year (0-7 EIAC).
The pitching was strong on both sides as Kendall McCool and S. Brumfield were able to keep hitters off balance all night. McCool struck out eight, while Brumfield sat down two both in complete game fashion.
Franklin County got their scoring started in the bottom of the third when Gabby Mitchum led off the inning with a lead off walk. After a fly out, Mitchum would steal on a 2-1 pitch to Kamryn McCool which she smacked into deep left center field. Mitchum would hustle all the way around the bases and slide in just ahead of the tag of the catcher to make it a 1-0 game.
Both teams would remain quite on the offensive side of the ball until Rushville came to bat in the top of the fifth. In the fifth Rushville would string back-to-back-to-back hits to score two runs in the inning. Clemmons and Muir would single, then be brought in by Hamilton’s 2 RBI double to centerfield making the score 2-1.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Franklin County would come back to tie things up at two. Franklin County would end up loading the bases with one out, but was only able to manage one run as Camryn Brewer would score on a wild pitch during Hannah Hornsby’s at bat tying the game at 2.
Franklin County would regain the lead in the bottom of the sixth with a good selfless inning of softball. Kendall McCool would lead off the inning with a single to right field, and it would be followed by a single to left field by Tessa Harper to give the Wildcats runners on first and second with nobody out. Next Sidney Wilber would lay down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third setting up Abby Orschell for an RBI opportunity and the junior would not dissappoint. Abby Orschell smacked a 2-0 pitch into deep center field that would score the runner on third to give the Wildcats the 3-2 lead.
That would be all run support Franklin County would need as McCool slammed the door shut on the Lions in the seventh, sitting them down one-two-three to end the game.
McCool went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out eight and walking zero.
Brumfield took the loss for Rushville. She pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out two.
Franklin County Wildcats scatterd seven hits throughout the game. Kamryn McCool and Tessa Harper were perfect at the plate this evening. McCool went 3-for-3 at the plate with two singles and a double, while Harper had two singles and a walk to lead the Franklin County offense. With her RBI single in the third inning, McCool tied the career RBI mark of 104 set by Franklin County Softball great Brooke Otto.
The Franklin County defense also had another good game as the Wildcats didn’t commit a single error in the field.
Rushville had seven hits in the game also, as M Kuhn, K Hamilton, and B Muir all managed multiple hits for Rushville.
This sets up a big EIAC match-up with South Dearborn (12-7; 8-2 EIAC) on Thursday evening. Both South Dearborn and Franklin County have two conference losses and are looking to stay in the conference race trailing East Central who remains perfect in conference (18-2; 11-0 EIAC). First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 pm.