The New Franklin Bulldogs baseball team will play for another day in the Class 2 District 7 Tournament at New Bloomfield.
In a No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup to see who will face top-seeded Russellville, the Bulldogs finished one run better than the Falcons with a walk off ingle in the bottom-half of the seventh for a 6-5 vcitory.
New Franklin, 7-10 on the season, will now face Russellville in the semifinal round today in New Bloomfield starting at 5 p.m.
In the only other game on Friday, No. 3 Harrisburg throttled Calvary Lutheran 17-0. Harrisburg will play No. 2 New Bloomfield in the other semifinal game at 7:30.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said he was really proud of the teams heart and resiliency.
“It was great to see us put some runs up early,” Gerding said. “We were really one hit away from breaking it open on a few different occasions. Even though Fayette scored only one in the fourth, Gavin (Bishop) really labored. But Andy (Neal) did a good job coming in and then Gavin finished the seventh.”
New Franklin also took the early lead against Fayette after putting up three runs in the bottom half of the second. However after a scoreless third, Fayette rallied back with one in the fourth and two in the sixth to tie the game at 3-all. Then, after New Franklin tacked on another run in the bottom half of the sixth to go up 4-3, Fayette came back and plated two in the seventh to regain the lead at 5-4. But in the bottom of the seventh, the Bulldogs scored two runs for the win.
Bishop picked up the win on the mound for New Franklin while Jack Kindle took the loss for Fayette. Bishop pitched 4 2/3 innings and struck out eight batters while giving up two runs on six hits and two walks. Neal then came in and pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two batters.
Koy Harris led the hitting attack for New Franklin with two singles and two RBIs. Colten Collyott had two singles and one RBI while Avery Lauer, Crayton Gallatin and Lucas Storjohann added one single each and Tysen Dowell with one RBI.