Finish the day with a record of 2-1
New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball coach Ross Dowell said anytime you get two wins in a tournament it’s a good day.
Such was the case Saturday in the Second annual New Franklin Lady Bulldogs Softball Tournament as New Franklin captured the consolation trophy with a record of 2-1.
While the win improved the Lady Bulldogs record to 3-8 overall, Dowell said the girls did some good things and had to gut out the two wins. “We made some adjustments at the plate, our pitching was solid but all of them worked out of some jams,” Dowell said. “Our pitchers also seemed more confident than they were in Week 1.”
As the No. 7 seed in the tournament, the Lady Bulldogs fell in the opening game against Atlanta by a score of 9-2. Meanwhile, after beating Jamestown 11-6 in a loser’s bracket game, New Franklin came back in the consolation game to beat Community R-6 by a score of 6-5.
In the game against Atlanta, the Lady Bulldogs trailed 2-0 after one and 4-1 after three before giving up three more runs in the fourth and two again in the sixth to suffer the loss.
Freshman Alexia Sprick took the loss in the circle for New Franklin by giving up nine runs on 12 hits and four walks while striking out three batters.
Atlanta also out-hit New Franklin 12-5, with Lauren Evans going 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI. Grace Hundley also singled and drove in one run while Shelby Breshears and Madison Matney added one single each.
In the game against Jamestown, the Lady Bulldogs trailed 4-3 after 2 1/2 before rallying back with six runs in the bottom-half of the third and two again in the fourth for the victory.
Sprick picked up the win in relief of starter Annie Benner by giving up two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one batter in one inning pitched.
New Franklin also out-hit Jamestown 11-9, with Kacie White going 2-for-3 with a single, double and one RBI. Shelby Breshears also had two hits with a single and a double while Grace Hundley, Madison Matney and Kayce Hundley added two singles and two RBIs each, Lauren Evans with one single and Sydney Dowell with one RBI.
In the consolation game, New Franklin again trailed early on after giving up one run in the first. Then, after rallying back with four runs in the bottom-half of the third and one in the fifth to go up 5-1, the Lady Bulldogs watched Community R-6 storm back with four runs in the fifth to tie the game at 5-all. However, in the bottom-half of the fifth, New Franklin scored the winning run for a 6-5 victory.
Annie Benner picked up the win in relief for New Franklin by giving up two runs on two hits and three walks.
Kacie White had two doubles and one RBI in the game for the Lady Bulldogs. Madison Matney added a single and a double while Katie Dobson finished the game with two singles and one RBI, Lauren Evans also with two singles, Sydney Dowell with one single and three RBIs, Grace Hundley with one single and one RBI and Shelby Breshears with one single.