The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball team produced a season-high five home runs but fell on the road against the Salisbury Panthers Monday night by a score of 13-12.
The Lady Bulldogs, dropping to 8-2 on the season, trailed Salisbury 4-0 after the first inning, 7-4 after two and 9-4 after four before rallying back with six runs in the top-half of the fifth to go up 10-9.
But even that was short-lived as Salisbury plated three more runs in the bottom-half of the fifth to go ahead by a score of 12-10. Then, after New Franklin rallied back again with one run in each of the sixth and seventh innings of play to tie the game at 12-all, the Lady Panthers scored what turned out to be the winning run in the bottom-half of the seventh for the victory.
New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said his team hit the ball very well with five home runs. However, he said they were sleep walking on defense. “We had trouble fielding and throwing,” Dowell said. “Some of it had to do with their speed, but I really didn’t feel like we played with much fire.”
Senior Kalani Pihana took the loss in the circle for New Franklin. In seven innings, Pihana struck out five batters and gave up 13 runs, 10 earned, on 12 hits and three walks.
Henke, meanwhile, picked up the win for Salisbury. While bettering Pihana’s strikeouts with eight, Henke also gave up 12 runs, 10 earned, on 12 hits and four walks. She also went 3-for-4 in the game with a single, double, home run and five RBIs.
For New Franklin, junior Aislinn Himmelberg went 3-for-4 with three home runs and five RBIs.
Abby Prewitt was 3-for-5 with a single, double, home run and three RBIs while Aly Hundley added a single, home run and one RBI, Megan Phillips with a two-RBI single and Claire Monnig and Valerie Schlotzhauer each with one single.