New Franklin sophomore Aislinn Himmelberg and junior Sara Montgomery each did their part Tuesday night on the road against the Jamestown Lady Eagles.
While Himmelberg finished the game 3-for-4 with a single, double, home run and five RBIs, Montgomery had two hits with two singles and one RBI to lead the Lady Bulldogs past Jamestown by a score of 13-8.
New Franklin, improving to 14-7 on the season, led Jamestown from the first inning on while pushing across three runs in the first, two again in the second and one in the fourth to make it 6-0. Meanwhile, after giving up two runs in the bottom-half of the fifth, the Lady Bulldogs came back and put up two more runs to go up 8-2. However, in the bottom-half of the sixth, Jamestown rallied back again with four runs to tie the game at 8-all. But even that was short-lived as New Franklin exploded for five runs in the seventh for the victory.
New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said this game was a good old fashion slugfest. "Both teams hit the ball very well," Dowell said. "We did have more mistakes than I wanted but some of those were hard hit balls. Jamestown has a good young team coming. I was worried when they tied it in the sixth, but we responded very well with a big inning in the seventh."
Kalani Pihana picked up the win on the mound for New Franklin while Stephanie Birkmann took the loss for Jamestown. Pihana pitched all seven innings and struck out eight batters while giving up eight runs, six earned, on nine hits and three walks. Birkmann, meanwhile, pitched the entire game for Jamestown and surrendered 13 runs, 12 earned, on 11 hits and five walks while striking out four.
New Franklin also had 11 hits in the game, with Emily Hendrix going 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Kallie Monteer tripled in the game while Abby Prewitt added a single and three RBIs and Derian Dodson, Madi Lyons and Claire Monnig each with one single.
For Jamestown, Mackenzie Strother went 2-for-3 with a single, double and four RBIs. Darian Wolfe was 2-for-4 with a single and a double while Robyn Eschenbrenner added two singles and two RBIs, Birkmann with a single and two RBIs and Mickayla Strother and Alli Muri each with one single.
New Franklin also won the JV game by a score of 5-0.
Claire Monnig picked up the win on the mound for Jamestown by giving up just two hits and two walks in three innings. Monnig also struck out five batters.
Megan Phillips went 1-for-1 in the game with a grand slam home run while Kaitlin Dobson added one single.