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|Franklin wins Dixie pre-majors|
Franklin Parish dominated Morehouse, 12-2 Wednesday night in the Dixie Pre-Majors District 5 Tournament championship game. Zach Hughes went 3-for-3 from the No. 9 spot in the batting order to back the four-hit pitching of Christian Eaton.
Franklin regrouped after a tough 6-5, 11-innings loss to Morehouse in game one on Saturday. Franklin then beat Northeast 3-1 Tuesday to complete round robin play.
Franklin edged Northeast 4-3 in Wednesday?s first game. Morehouse drew a bye into the finals,
All three teams will play in the state tournament, Saturday, July 12 in Independence.
Trailing 2-0 in Wednesday night's game, Morehouse drew even in the top of the fifth.
Cole Cantrell worked a leadoff walk and scored standing up as Bay Bay Carney tripled to deep right field. Fighting off a 1-2 pitch, Aaron Powell came through with a clutch two-out, game-tying hit right.
The wheels would soon fall off for Morehouse as Franklin put up a pair of five-spots to enforce the 10-run rule.
Caleb Kratzer opened the fifth with a base hit, pilfered second, moved to third on a wild pitch and completed the circuit on Jacob Roark's single just inside the third base line.
Roark scurried to second on a wild pitch, was awarded third on a balk and scored Franklin's fourth run when Jon Truman James' one-out blooper fell just beyond the grasp of Morehouse second baseman Cole Cantrell for a base hit.
Next up, Trent Williams singled sharply up the middle.
One out later, Hughes scorched a run-scoring double to left and Christian Eaton drove in two more with a base hit to left, putting Franklin up 7-2.
Franklin put the game in the books with five more in the sixth.
Leading off, Kratzer reached via error. Roark then blasted a triple to right-center and scored on a wild pitch.
With two outs and the bases empty, Williams and Roberts walked and Hughes singled to load the bases.
Back to the top of the batting order, Eaton reached on a mishandled fly ball to center field, enabling all three base runners to score.
Franklin grabbed an early 2-0 lead with single tallies in the first two frames.
Kratzer singled and eventually scored when Jonathan Eaton reached on a wayward throw - the first of three Morehouse errors.
Roberts beat out a one-out infield single in the second and later scored on another infield hit by Christian Eaton.
Bouncing back from a rocky outing in which he surrendered four runs in two-thirds of an inning in Saturday?s game against Morehouse, Christian Eaton was dealing Wednesday night. He struck out 10, walked three and held Morehouse to four hits.
Hughes led Franklin's 14-hit assault with a double and two singles, Roark tripled and singled, Christian Eaton, Kratzer and James singled twice and Dustin Barefield, Williams and Tyler Roberts collected base hits.
Carney tripled for Morehouse, with base hits by Powell, James Letlow and Dylan McGraw.
McGraw, the second of three Morehouse pitchers, took the loss. The right-hander stayed in the game despite injuring his left shoulder while attempting to make a diving catch in the fourth inning.