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Franklin tops Indy again, set to battle for district title

Franklin’s Katie Moseley scattered five hits, struck out three and allowed no walks to lead the Lady Rebels to a 7-0 shutout of Independence and guarantee the school its first regional softball berth in a decade.

“She shut them down last night,” said head coach Marshall Winkler, “and I knew she could do it again. She just works hard and the team knows we can depend on her.”

Moseley did not pitch in the team’s two regular season losses to the Lady Eagles, but asked for the ball in the tournament.

“I wanted it so badly,” she said, especially after winning the first tournament contest against the Lady Eagles less than 24 hours earlier. “That was such an emotional win. I knew if we had to play Independence again, we would be ready.”

Moseley got immediate offensive help when Libby Sugg launched her 10th home run, a solo shot in the top of the first inning before Claire Easterling opened the scoring flood gates, starting the second inning with a double. She scored on Meagan Bell’s sacrifice fly and was followed across the plate by Keaton Woodliff, Moseley, Emily Binnicker and Amy Mitchell before the inning ended with Franklin up 6-0.

The Lady Rebels got their last run when Bell crossed the plate a second time after Binnicker walked with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth.

Independence struggled for most of the game. All district shortstop Jessica Twaddle appeared slowed after a diving attempt on Franklin’s first at bat of the game.  The Lady Eagles were coming off an emotional 5-4 extra inning victory over Centennial in the day’s first game to eliminate the Lady Cougars in the bottom of the seventh and may have been emotionally spent.

Independence looked to mount a last gasp charge in the bottom of the seventh, when Victoria Hope drilled a one-out double and Bay-Lee Lampley followed with a sharp single. Lexi Aguilar next fired a rope down the first base line that was snagged by Franklin, catching Lampley headed to second for a double play to end the game.

Franklin wound up in the loser bracket finals by falling to Ravenwood 10-0 in the first game of the day, before shaking off the loss to face Independence.

The team celebrated not only a berth in the championship game and a berth in the regional tournament, but achieving another season-long goal: shaving off Winkler’s trademark mustache.

“They said before the season that if we made the regions they were going to shave my mustache,” Winkler said with a chuckle and a bit of fear in his eyes. “I agreed, so Friday I guess it comes off.”

When asked if she was more excited about A) making the regionals or B) seeing the mustache come off, the sophomore catcher answered with a question.

“Can I choose ‘C-both of the above’?”


Posted on: 5/9/2013


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