Early lead holds up in gem from McCool
The Franklin County varsity softball team got the 2018 season started off the right way on Thursday, April 5, picking up a road victory at Rising Sun. Lady Wildcat senior, Kendall McCool, dominated inside the circle, pitching a complete game shutout. McCool allowed just five hits, leading FC to a 3-0 win.
Franklin County missed an opportunity to score in the top of the first inning. Two Lady 'Cats reached base, but neither were able to score. One inning later, FC was able to come up with some two-out magic for the first score of the game.
Kloe Bolos worked a base-on-balls with one out. After a strikeout, Gabby Mitchum knocked the sixth pitch of her at-bat to left field for an RBI double.
In the third inning, FC managed another two-out score. Maggie Wendel reached base with one out on a single to center. With two outs, the Lady Wildcats got back-to-back hits from Hannah Hornsby and Sidney Wilbur. Wendel scored on Wilbur's hit, giving the Lady Wildcats a 2-0 advantage.
Franklin County maintained its two-run advantage until the fourth inning. Mitchum came to bat with another chance to help her team, and the senior did not disappoint. A hard knock to the outfield resulted in another double for Mitchum. For the third time, the Lady 'Cats came through with two outs, as Camryn Brewer lined an RBI double to the outfield to score Mitchum and give FC a 3-0 lead.
Rising Sun rarely mounted a threat against FC, but the home team's best and last chance came in the home half of the sixth. A one-out double, followed by an intentional walk, put two Lady Shiner runners on base. McCool responded by striking out the next two batters, however, ending the threat.
McCool polished off the game in the seventh, completing the shutout. The senior finished the game with 14 strikeouts to get the first win of 2018. Sydney Pitts took the loss for Rising Sun, striking out seven and giving up 11 hits.
Franklin County's following contest at Northeastern was canceled due to weather. On Saturday, April 7, the Lady Wildcats traveled to Jac-Cen-Del High school for a morning battle against the Lady Eagles.
The reserve Lady Wildcats also won their first game of the season, defeating Rising Sun by a score of 13-5. Due to cold temperatures in the late evening, the contest was called after just three innings.
Franklin County was able to get all of its offense on six timely hits and eight walks, along with two hits batters.
Sarah Bare got the win for FC, giving up two hits in two innings while striking out four batters. Karlie Hahn pitched an inning of relief, giving up one run.