FC softball begins 2023 efforts with 4-2 record
Franklin County High School’s varsity softball team opened its 2023 campaign in a flash by winning its first four games of the season before falling in a pair of tournament games on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The 4-2 Lady Bulldogs are slated to face Enterprise tonight then host West Lincoln on Friday, March 3 and McComb on Tuesday, March 7. The following are recaps from the first six games FCHS has played:
FC 11, Enterprise 9
The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-2 lead and held on for the victory on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
FCHS scored a run in the first, five in the second, one each in the third, fourth and fifth frames and twice in the seventh.
Enterprise scored a pair of runs in the third, four in the fourth and three in the seventh.
Greyonne Queen, Jhalayah Tillman, Indayshia Morgan and Marianna Thomas all scored two runs each while single runs came from Sadye Scott, Katherine Romero and Marlee Tindle.
At the plate, Queen went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double, Tillman was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two doubles, Scott went 1-for-4 with an RBI, Karlee Wallace was 1-for-3, Morgan went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Thomas was 2-for-2 with an RBI. In the pitching circle, Wallace worked seven innings, giving up eight hits and eight runs while walking six and striking out five.
Scott gave up a run off two walks during her stint as pitcher.
FCHS 16, South Pike 1
The Lady Bulldogs had little trouble in rolling to an easy, mercy-rule victory in three innings as Scott tossed a no-hitter on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
FCHS scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first, then pushed across a run in the bottom of the second before scoring five times in the bottom of the third to end the contest.
FCHS collected nine hits and used three South Pike errors to win the contest.
Queen scored three times, as did Tillman and Tindle. Karlee Wallace and Amberly Wallace each scored twice while single runs were scored by Thomas, Romero and Scott.
At the plate, Tillman went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Scott was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Amberly Wallace went 1-for-2, Marlee Tindle was 2-for-2, Romero went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a double and Thomas was 1-for-2 with two RBI.
Scott pitched a gem in the circle, allowing no hits and only the one unearned run while walking three and striking out three in her three innings of work.
FCHS 20, Loyd Star 0
The Lady Bulldogs followed up the rout of South Pike with another rout — this time a three-inning affair against Loyd Star.
FCHS scored five runs in the top of the first, two in the second and 13 in the third to enact the mercy rule.
The Lady Bulldogs collected 12 hits and took advantage of eight Loyd Star errors. Tillman scored four runs, as did Karlee Wallace, to pace the onslaught. Queen, Amberly Wallace, Tindle and Thomas all scored twice while single runs came from Scott, Romero and Morgan.
At the plate, Queen went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a double, Tillman was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two doubles, Scott went 2-for-4 with three RBI, Karlee Wallace was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a double, Amberly Wallace went 2-for-4, Tindle went 1-for-2, Morgan went 1-for-1 and Thomas was 2-for-3 with three RBI.
In the pitching circle, Karlee Wallace worked all three innings, giving up one hit and no runs while striking out six and not allowing a walk.
FCHS 19, Brookhaven 2
The Lady Bulldogs scored nine runs in the second and fourth innings to take another mercy-rule victory on Friday, Feb. 24.
FCHS scored once in the top of the first, nine times in the second and nine times in the fourth while collecting eight hits and taking advantage of nine Brookhaven errors.
The Lady Panthers scored single runs in the third and fourth frames.
Tillman, Karlee Wallace and Romero all scored three runs each while Queen, Scott, Morgan and Thomas each scored twice and single runs came from Tindle and Amberly Wallace. At the plate, Scott went 2-for-3 with four RBI, Karlee Wallace was 1-for-3 with two RBI, Romero went 1-for-3, Tindle was 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBI, Amberly Wallace was 2-for-2 with three RBI and Morgan went 1-for-3.
In the pitching circle, Karlee Wallace worked four innings, giving one up a hit and two runs (one earned) off two walks and eight strikeouts.
Bogue Chitto 10, FCHS 4
In Saturday, Feb. 25 tournament play at Enterprise, Bogue Chitto handed the Lady Bulldogs their first loss of the season.
FCHS scored single runs in the bottom of the first and second, then gave up two runs in the top of the third before scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.
Bogue Chitto exploded for eight runs in the top of the fourth to take the victory. FCHS collected seven hits, but committed five errors that proved to be costly.
Tillman scored twice while Tindle added a run.
Tillman went 2-for-3 with a double while Scott was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Romero was 1-for-2 with an RBI, Tindle was 1-for-2 with an RBI, Morgan went 1-for-2 and Thomas drove in a run.
Karlee Wallace worked four innings in the pitching circle, giving up 10 runs (only three earned) off three hits and five walks while striking out 10.
West Lincoln 4, FCHS 1
In Saturday’s second game in the tournament, West Lincoln scored once in the top of the first and three in the top of the third while allowing FCHS to only score a single run in the bottom of the third.
The Lady Bulldogs could manage only two hits in the game. Thomas scored the lone run of the game for FCHS while Queen and Karlee Wallace had the only hits, with both players hitting doubles.
In the pitching circle, Wallace worked four innings, giving up four runs (two earned) off a hit and eight alms while striking out six.
Tillman pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk.
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