The New Franklin baseball team was due to have a big game.
That came Monday night at home against the Smithton Tigers as New Franklin exploded for 12 runs on seven hits for a 12-2 victory.
While the win was the first in six games for New Franklin, head coach Erich Gerding said it was really good to see the players get off to a good start. “In the first, Andy Neal worked from behind the count to get on and then Tysen Dowell dropped down a great bunt to get Andy all the way to third and get a hit,” Gerding said. “Gavin Bishop then got hit, and Crayton Gallatin had a 2-RBI single to get us going.  Gavin gave us another great effort on the mound.  I was really pleased with our attention to the little things on the basepaths this evening and the number of quality at-bats we had.  All in all, it was great to get a win. These guys deserved to get one.”
It also helps when you open the game with three runs, which is exactly what the Bulldogs did against Smithton. However after a scoreless second inning, New Franklin tacked on three more runs to extend the lead to 6-0. Then, after Smithton sent two runs across in its half of the fourth, New Franklin came back and plated four more in the fifth and two in the sixth for the win.
Gavin Bishop picked up the complete game victory for New Franklin with seven strikeouts in six innings. He also gave up just two runs on two hits and two walks.
New Franklin also out-hit Smithton 7-2, with Colten Collyott going 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs. Zac Held also had two hits and one RBI while Bishop doubled and Gallatin and Dowell each had one single. Gallatin also drove in two runs while Jackson Dorson had one run batted in.