After splitting the first-two games in the North Callaway Tournament over the weekend, the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball team knew the opportunity was there to beat seventh-seeded Bowling Green in the consolation finals.


However a five-run first inning all but sealed the victory for Bowling Green as the Lady Bobcats would later comeback to outscore New Franklin 11-2 for the rest of the game for a convincing 16-2 victory.


After splitting the first-two games in the North Callaway Tournament over the weekend, the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball team knew the opportunity was there to beat seventh-seeded Bowling Green in the consolation finals.

However a five-run first inning all but sealed the victory for Bowling Green as the Lady Bobcats would later comeback to outscore New Franklin 11-2 for the rest of the game for a convincing 16-2 victory.

While the loss to Bowling Green dropped New Franklin to 5-9 overall, head coach Ross Dowell said his team walked over from Field 2 to Field 1 and did not show up to play. “Bowling Green jumped out on us and we never responded,”?Dowell said. “We did not play with much heart or energy. It was kind of disappointing to end the day this way. Overall, we could have played better in Game 3 but saw some improvement in our hitting. We still need to cut down on walks and errors, both physical and mental.”

Bowling Green took the lead for good against New Franklin by exploding for five runs in the first-two innings. Then, after plating three more runs in the third, Bowling Green came back and added one in the fourth and two in the fifth to make it 16-0. Meanwhile, in the bottom-half of the fifth, New Franklin rallied back with two runs to avoid the shutout.

Megan Phillips took the loss on the mound for New Franklin by giving up eight runs, six earned, on six hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings. Phillips also struck out one batter. Claire Monnig then came in and pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief and allowed eight runs, six earned, on seven hits and five walks while striking out five.

Bowling Green also out-hit New Franklin 13-5.

Aly Hundley, Kallie Monteer, Megan Phillips, Sara Montgomery and Aislinn Himmelberg each had one single in the game for the Lady Bulldogs.

In the opening game against New Bloomfield, the Lady Bulldogs again got off to a slow start by giving up two runs in the third and three again in the fourth. Then, after New Franklin plated two runs in the bottom-half of the fourth to cut the lead to three at 5-2, New Bloomfield came back and tacked on another run in the fifth. However after a scoreless sixth, New Franklin made it interesting by sending two more runs across in the bottom-half of the seventh before losing by a score of 6-4.

Dowell said his team played very well but the fourth inning the Lady Bulldogs had dumb mistakes physically and mentally. “We could not buy any luck with six hits and eight line drive outs,” Dowell said. “This was a game that nothing went our way.”

Megan Phillips took the loss on the mound for New Franklin by giving up six runs, four earned, on eight hits and three walks while striking out three batters in six innings. Claire Monnig then came in and pitched one inning in relief and walked one while striking out one.

New Bloomfield also out-hit New Franklin 8-6 in the game.

Collecting hits in the game for the Lady Bulldogs were Sara Montgomery with a single, double and one RBI. Kallie Monteer also doubled while Abby Prewitt had a single and one RBI and Kalani Pihana with one single.

The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs had a little better luck in the semifinal round against Montgomery County while leading from start to finish for a 9-1 victory.

Dowell said the team played very well this game. “Everyone got into the game,” Dowell said. “Defensively, we did a good job. Offensively, again we hit the ball well and scored nine runs on eight hits but also left nine people on base.”

The Lady Bulldogs definitely left little doubt against Montgomery County while pushing across one run in the first, three again in the second and on in the third to go up by a score of 5-1. Meanwhile, after a scoreless fourth, New Franklin came back and added four more runs to seal the victory.

Kalani Pihana picked up the win on the mound for New Franklin while Claire Monnig recorded the save. In five innings, Pihana gave up one run, unearned, on four hits and three walks while striking out two. Claire Monnig then came in and pitched one inning in relief and struck out one batter.

New Franklin also out-hit Montgomery County 8-4, with Megan Phillips going 2-for-4 with a single, double and three RBIs. Aly Hundley was 2-for-4 with a single, double and one RBI while Kalani Pihana added two singles and one RBI, Sara Montgomery with one double and Kallie Monteer with one single and two RBIs.
The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball team will play next on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Glasgow starting at 5 p.m.