The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball team didn’t go down without a fight over the weekend while competing in the La Plata Tournament.
After beating North Shelby 22-5 in the opening round, the Lady Bulldogs fell in the semifinal round against a good La Plata team 10-2. Meanwhile, in the third place game, New Franklin dropped a 13-3 decision against Montgomery County.
While the loss dropped New Franklin to 4-12 on the season, head coach Ross Dowell said overall the girls had some really good things happen but still need to clean up the errors and base on balls.
In the opening game against North Shelby, the Lady Bulldogs scored early and often while putting up seven runs in each of the first-two innings and eight again in the third to win by the mercy rule.
Dowell said his team did some good things in this game. “We had pretty tough conditions to start the game with 42 degrees and rain,” Dowell said. “Alexia Sprick had a hard time getting loose but got better and pitched pretty good.”
Sprick pitched all three innings for the Lady Bulldogs to pick up the win and gave up five runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one batter.
New Franklin also out-hit North Shelby 6-4, with Haley Washburn and Sprick each going 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs. Lauren Evans also had two singles and one RBI.
In the game against La Plata, Dowell said if you replay the first inning this would have been a different game.
“We got their lead off out and then three straight errors and four straight walks,” Dowell said. “You’re not going to win games doing these things.”
La Plata led New Franklin 7-1 after the first inning and then outscored the Lady Bulldogs 3-1 in the fourth.
Annie Benner took the loss in the circle for New Franklin by giving up seven runs on four hits and five walks in 1/3 inning pitched. Lindsay Brown then came in and pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief and allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out one batter.
La Plata also out-hit New Franklin 3-2.
Abby Maupin and Alexia Sprick each had one single in the game for the Lady Bulldogs.
In the third place game, New Franklin led Montgomery County 3-2 after 3 1/2 but then surrendered 11 runs in the bottom half of the fourth to suffer the loss.
Dowell said this was a great game until the bottom of the fourth.
“We fought hard to take a lead and then the wheels feel off in the fourth with eight walks, six hits and one error,” Dowell said. “We just fell apart.”
Alexia Sprick took the loss for New Franklin by giving up eight runs on two hits and three walks in three innings. Sprick also struck out two batters. Brown then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed five runs on four hits and five walks.
As for the hitting in the game for the Lady Bulldogs, Abby Maupin went 2-for-2 with two singles while Lauren Evans, Madelyn Chaney, Kayce Hundley, Lindsay Brown and Alexia Sprick each had one single.