Lady Dawgs softball overwashes visiting Blue Waves

by Sean Dunlap

The Franklin County Lady Bulldogs’ varsity fast-pitch softball team claimed back-to-back wins over 7-3A rival Port Gibson on Monday, April 11.

The wins improved FC’s season mark to 9-7 overall and boosted the squad to 6-1 in district competition.

FC 13, PORT GIBSON 1

Franklin County collected five hits and seven walks en route to a 13-1 win over the visiting Lady Blue Waves in the first game of the twin bill played in Meadville.

The Lady Dawgs plated two runs each in the first and second frames before plating nine more in the bottom of the fourth.

Port Gibson’s lone run came in the top of the first.

Shortstop Jhalayah Tillman went 1-for-2 with a double, two runs, an RBI and a walk.

Karlee Wallace, who worked third base and as pitcher, was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.

Sadye Scott, who opened as pitcher and also played at third, was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Catcher Amberly Wallace was 1-for-1 with a run, two RBIs and a walk.

Right fielder Greyonne Queen was also 1-for-1 with a trio of runs, two RBIs and two walks.
Also contributing to the win were first baseman Sophia Miller, who scored a run and drew a walk; left fielder Maddie Moak, who was twice hit by a pitch and scored a run; and center fielder Katherine Romero plated one run, had an RBI and drew a walk.

In addition, second baseman Marianna Thomas walked once and scored a run.

Queen and Romero stole three bases apiece while Moak swiped a pair of bags and Tillman, Karlee Wallace and Amberly Wallace recorded one steal each.

Scott opened the game and worked one inning from the pitching circle where she struck out three Port Gibson batters.

The Lady Blue Waves got one run (earned) off three hits against Scott, whose pitch-to-strike ratio was 58.6 percent.

Karlee Wallace worked the three remaining innings in the game and struck out nine while walking two.

Her pitch-to-strike percentage was 62.5.

Port Gibson committed six of the contest’s seven errors.

FC 22, PORT GIBSON 0

Nine runs scored in both the first and second innings with four more in the third for good measure pushed Franklin County to a 22-0 win in the nightcap against Port Gibson.

Tillman, Scott and senior second baseman Tori Jackson had two hits apiece for FC in the contest.

Credited with one hit each were Amberly Wallace, Moak, right fielder Dashara Hannon, third baseman Kennedy Washington, senior left fielder La’Mechdra Morgan, senior center fielder Hailey Emfinger and JaKya Brown.

FC’s Tillman scored three runs and walked twice, Scott had an RBI and two walks and Jackson dinged a double, scored twice, had two RBIs and drew a walk.

Scott’s courtesy runner, Jessany Harness, crossed home plate three times in the game.

Amberly Wallace clubbed a triple, scored one run, accounted for three RBIs and walked once.

Moak plated a trio of runs and had two walks while Hannon blasted a triple, scored a run and earned two RBIs.

Washington scored twice and walked as many times while also being credited with an RBI.

La’Mechdra Morgan finished with a pair of runs, an RBI, a walk and a strikeout.

Emfinger scored a run, had two RBIs and a walk while Brown came in off the bench and scored one run.

Despite going statistically hitless, Karlee Wallace scored twice on as many walks and had two RBIs.

Lauren McCaa, who played at first and third, scored a run and drew a walk while Indayshia Morgan, who also spent time at first and third, reached base on a walk for the Lady Dawgs.

Tillman and Washington led FC with four stolen bases apiece while Brown and Harness had three each.

Amberly Wallace, Karlee Wallace, Moak and Emfinger accounted for one steal each against Port Gibson.

Karlee Wallace went the three innings distance for the Lady Bulldogs from the pitching circle and struck out six while walking two batters.

While only throwing 54 times in the game, her pitch-to-strike ratio was 70.3 percent.

Port Gibson committed four errors in the second game.

The Lady Dawgs have one district game remaining on their season slate — a contest against Wesson, who downed FC by a 7-3 margin back on March 28.

Post-season play is slated to start next week.