Cable 12 Will Air All Four Lady Eagles' Softball Games Throughout The Week
Story and Pictures By: Steve Marsh,The Franklin News-Post (Cable 12 Media Partner)
Franklin County's varsity softball team finished 2-2 in the sixth annual Battle of the Bases showcase which completed a two-day run Saturday at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School softball complex.
Both of the Eagles' setbacks came on Saturday and were to Group 6A South Region Conference 3 rivals: a 5-0 shut-out loss to Cosby and a 10-8 defeat to Thomas Dale.FCHS (2-2) opened the event and its 2015 season with a 10-0 victory over Blacksburg in a game that was stopped after five innings because of the slaughter rule.
Also on Friday, the Eagles pounded Albemarle 19-9 in a contest that was halted after five innings because of the slaughter rule.•In the victory over Blacksburg, FCHS scored all of its runs in two frames: six runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.In the fourth, the Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate and scored all of their runs with two outs.
The highlight of the inning was Ashley Keith's grad-slam home run. She was FCHS's ninth batter of the frame.Scoring ahead of Keith's blast were Ni Ni Dillard, Olivia Scalf and Madison David.Logan Barbour led off the inning with a double and she scored on a two-out single by Sara Brown.
Scalf and Dillard also collected hits in the frame. Dillard's single brought Brown home.David drew a walk to load the bases and set the stage of Keith's grand slam.Barbour opened the sixth with a single and advanced on a base hit by Amber Mills.Also, the Eagles benefited from two Bruins errors and a bunt single by Scalf.Blacksburg managed three hits -- all singles -- off winning pitcher Casey Burton.Burton's complete-game shutout featured four strikeouts. She walked on batter.•In the 10-run victory over Albemarle, FCHS sent 21 batters to the plate in the first two innings: 11 in the first and 10 in the second.
The Eagles manufactured 13 runs in those two frames: seven in the first and six in the second.Barbour and Lauren Weidig drove in runs with base hits in the first inning.In the second, FCHS took advantage of a double by Mackenzie Chitwood, a single by Barbour, a base hit by Weidig, an RBI double by Brown and a two-run double by Scalf.
In the third, FCHS generated a run courtesy of singles by Weidig, Mills and Scalf.Mills drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single. In the fifth, Barbour drove in two runs with a double and later scored the Eagles' final run.FCHS employed three pitchers: Burton, Madison Brown and Carla Hall.Albemarle finished the game with eight hits, including three by lead-off batter Brooke McAllister.
The Patriots tallied four runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and three in the fifth.Cosby defeated FCHS for the third time in three games played.Each of Cosby's wins is by shutout, each by a 5-0 count.The Titans and the Eagles met in last year's showcase and also faced off in the inaugural Conference 3 tournament championship game.Cosby is a season removed from a 24-1 finish.
That one loss came in the Group 6A state championship game to South County.Cosby scored twice in the second inning,once in the third and twice in the fourth.Keith collected two hits to pace the Eagles, while Chitwood (double), Weidig (double) and Mills each registered a hit.FCHS opens Piedmont District play Tuesday against George Washington-Danville.Game time in Danville is 5 p.m.
The Eagles' next home game is Friday against district rival Magna Vista at 5 p.m.
Editor's Note: Due to the high volume of game footage, exact times for showings on air have not yet been determined, but they will air. As times are established, we will let you know.