After some early inning struggles, Franklin County’s bats came alive and carried the Wildcats past the Talawanda Braves by a score of 13-3.
The first few innings were dominated by the pitchers inside the circle for each team. Michaela Ferman and Ashley Earwick both had good starts to the game for their respective teams.
Talawanda struck first in the bottom of the first inning where they led off the inning with a walk by K. Barger. She eventually made it to second on a wild pitch, and then scored on a double to right field by K. Haven to give the Braves an early 1-0 lead.
Neither team did much offensively until the top of the third inning when the Wildcat bats got hot. In the top of the third inning, Franklin County sent twelve batters to the plate and collected seven hits in the inning. After the long inning, the Wildcats had an 8-1 lead which they would not relinquish.
Talawanda would score two more runs in the later innings, but the Wildcats would also add insurance runs of their own adding 1 run in the fourth inning, 3 runs in the fifth inning, and 1 run in the sixth inning to give the Wildcats the tens runs the needed for the ten run rule to take effect.
Winning pitcher for the Wildcats was Michaela Ferman. She pitched a complete game, going six innings, allowing four hits, three runs, all earned, and striking out eight. Kay Kay moves to 1-0 on the season.
Losing pitcher for the Braves was Ashley Earwick. She pitched six innings and struck out eight.
Wildcats were led in hitting by three different players with three hits. Abby Orschell had three singles and a walk with one RBI. Camryn Brewer had a single and two doubles with three RBIs. Laura Hildebrand had two singles and a double with two RBIs.
Franklin County (1-0) will be back in action on Wednesday, April 3rd when the Wildcats will take on the Bulldogs from Centerville High School (0-0). Come out and catch a glimpse of the Wildcats in their home opener!