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Franklin stops Centennial for third seed

Franklin freshman pitcher Maddy Sherwood says she loves pressure. Franklin head softball coach Marshall Winkler decided to give her all she wanted, starting the first year hurler in a crucial game against cross-town rival Centennial with a high seeding for next week’s district tournament on the line.


Sherwood responded with a complete game 10-4 victory on the road, scattering six hits and striking out 10 while surrendering only one walk. The win places Franklin in the third seed for the tournament.


“As a pitcher there is always a lot of pressure,” Sherwood said after notching her ninth win of the season, “so you get used to that. I like the pressure.”


Sophomore Emily Binnicker took a great deal of the pressure away, opening the game with a hard shot to center that got past the Centennial defender. Libby Sugg’s sacrifice fly two batters later allowed Binnicker to draw first blood in the contest. She followed that with two more hits, going 3-for-5 on the day with two doubles and three RBI.


“This game was really important to us,” Binnicker said after the contest.  “Centennial is our rival and we needed to win by three to get the seeding.”


The Lady Cougars scratched out two runs in the bottom of the third inning when Elizabeth Fowler led off with a single and Ebony Fromme beat out a bunt. The throw to first ended in right field, with Fowler scoring and Fromme on third. A Kendall Carder sacrifice fly to right scored Fromme to cut the lead to 3-2.


Franklin responded, getting three runs in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice bunt from Meagon Bell, an RBI single from Binnicker and a crushing run-scoring double from Sugg. The Lady Rebels added two more in both the fifth and sixth inning.


The win continued a long running tradition between the two teams - over the last eight seasons the pair has typically split regular season contests, with the visitors normally gaining a win. Centennial won the first game this year at Franklin 10-8.


According to Winkler, he’d like to move the Cougar field west just a few miles.


“I can’t explain it, but we always seem to hit the ball well here. I told the kids I’d like to move this field over to Cheek (Park, the Rebels home field).

“This is a big, big win for us. Now we need to close out with a win against Brentwood on Thursday and get ready for next week.”


Both teams have one district game remaining. Centennial celebrates Senior Night Wednesday afternoon by hosting Hillsboro and Franklin travels to Brentwood on Thursday.

Posted on: 5/1/2013


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