New Franklin picks up sweep
The New Franklin softball and baseball teams took different paths Thursday night in CAC action against the Sturgeon Bulldogs.
While the Lady Bulldogs’ path was much easier, as they won 13-0 in five innings, the New Franklin baseball team had to work harder for its win with the winning run crossing the plate in the top half of the seventh for a 12-10 victory.
At 7-8 overall and 4-2 in the CAC, the Lady Bulldogs left doubt against Sturgeon by scoring one run in the first, six again in the second and three in each of the third and fourth innings of play for the victory.
New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said Sturgeon had some starters missing so the score is deceiving because of that. “We really had to work hard at the plate and some of us made some adjustments, but some of us did not,” Dowell said. “We were solid defensively behind Alexia Sprick. Besides Monday’s game against Community, we played really well this week.”
Alexia Sprick picked up the win in the circle for New Franklin by giving up just three hits while striking out five batters in five innings. McMorris took the loss for Sturgeon by surrendering 13 runs on eight hits and 10 walks.
New Franklin also out-hit Sturgeon 8-3, with Sprick going 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs. Abby Maupin and Kayce Hundley doubled and drove in one run while Sophia Held added a single and two RBIs, Izy Matney and Carly Dorson each with one single and one RBIand Addy Salmon with one RBI.
For Sturgeon, Yoder went 2-for-2 with two singles while Bailey had one hit.
As for the New Franklin baseball team, they didn’t get started until the fourth inning against Sturgeon.
The Bulldogs opened the game with one run in the bottom half of the first while New Franklin rallied back to tie the game at 1-all in the fourth. But even that was short-lived as Sturgeon plated two in the bottom half of the fourth to go up 3-1. Then after New Franklin added three more in the fifth to make it 4-3, Sturgeon rallied with two in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead at 5-4. However, in the sixth inning, New Franklin outscored Sturgeon 3-2 to tie the game at 7-all. Meanwhile, in the seventh, the Bulldogs scored what turned out to be the winning run after holding Sturgeon scoreless in its half of the inning.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said the Bulldogs grinded out another one.
“I’m very proud of these guys,” Gerding said. “Great effort all around. Very difficult to pick out one specific at bat or hit because it was a collective effort throughout the entire game by all of our guys. And credit Sturgeon for coming back and coming back as well. We got a big 2-out RBI single from Connor Wilmsmeyer in the seventh to bring home Clayton Wilmsmeyer, who led off with a double. Caleb Hull started and pitched the seventh.”
Keaton Eads picked up the win in relief for the Bulldogs while Bolles took the loss for Sturgeon. Caleb Hull started the game and pitched the first-five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters. Eads then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed two runs on one hit and three walks while striking out four batters.
New Franklin also out-hit Sturgeon 12-10, with Tanner Bishop going 3-for-4 with two singles, one double and three RBIs. Clayton Wilmsmeyer and Keaton Eads were each 2-for-4 with a single, double and one RBI while Sam Marshall added two singles, Tysen Dowell and Connor Wilmsmeyer each with one single and one RBI and Owen Armentrout with one single.
For Sturgeon, Brooks went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.