Franklin survives extra-inning elimination game
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
photo by Reed Galin / email@example.com
Franklin kept their hopes alive for a spot in the Region 6-AAA baseball tournament, beating Independence 1-0 in an elimination game May 7. It was the Rebels’ second contest of the day, having fallen to Centennial 7-3 earlier in the afternoon.
Forced into the eighth inning, junior Nick Hutchins hit a two-out line drive to center field that a diving outfielder could not catch, driving in Austin McPeek for the night’s only run.
Both squads had opportunities to push runs across the plate in regulation, but quality pitching and timely fielding kept the game scoreless until the last batter.
Indy’s Luke Jones hit a one-out double in the second inning before being stranded as the following two hitters struck out and flied to center field. The Eagles’ other chance came in the fourth as their first two batters got on base before two of the next three hit into fielder’s choices and one struck out.
Rebel pitcher Matt Hargraves was stellar on the mound, scattering four hits while striking out eight and allowing just one walk in eight frames of work.
Franklin had the best opportunity for a run in regulation as Jones, Indy’s starter, was forced off the mound midway through Hutchins' at-bat in the fourth with the bases loaded due to an apparent injury. Ace Brandon Guske came on in relief and got out of the jam unscathed.
Jones had allowed just two hits and a single walk prior to being relieved. Guske finished the game with four strikeouts and three hits allowed.
The win advanced the Rebels in the losers’ bracket to face Brentwood.
Ravenwood beat the Bruins 10-6 in Tuesday’s afternoon game on Wilson Pike, forcing the tournament’s No. 1 seed to the losers’ bracket. Brentwood, who is already guaranteed a spot in the region tournament, got a scare from No. 6 seed Hillsboro but rebounded for a 5-4 win.
Neither Page nor Summit will play for the District 12-AA tournament title as both lost the second game of doubleheaders Tuesday night.
The Patriots fell 6-1 to Spring Hill while the Spartans were beat by Marshall County 5-2.
Page defeated Giles County 8-4 in the day’s early match as pitcher Trey Moyer got the victory.
Summit, tied 4-4 with Giles County in the fifth inning, pushed across two runs for the 6-4 victory prior to their elimination loss.
Posted on: 5/8/2013