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|Franklin Parish accomplished much in 2009|
The Franklin Parish Patriots (15-17) saw their baseball season come to an end in the first round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 4A playoffs last week following a 12-2 loss at Tioga High School.
Tioga (26-5) went to work early on the Franklin Parish pitching staff and were able to build an early lead to which the Patriots were not able to recover.
The offense was not there for Franklin Parish in the first round match-up. What had become a staple for the Patriots was shut down by great pitching and defense out of Tioga.
The Patriots averaged 10.66 runs per game over their final six regular season contests, but were unable to find any holes to hit through in the Tioga defense consistently enough to stay competitive.
The 2009 campaign saw the Patriots finish third in the competitive district 2-4A behind 4A powerhouses Neville and West Ouachita.
The offense was a big staple of this Patriot team and made noise from the first game to the last.
Franklin Parish had nine games in 2009 season where they scored 10 or more runs. One of the best wins of the season was on April 4 when the Patriots beat district rival Neville by a score of 5-2.
Five Patriots will graduate this month as Christian Eaton, Jonathan Eaton, Drew McCarty, Jordan Temple, and Nikhil Patel all played their final games for the Patriots last week.
Jonathan Eaton led the Patriots at the plate this season with a .436 batting average. Eaton recorded five doubles and three triples to go along with 18 RBI.
Jonathan's brother, Christian Eaton, was not far behind with a .392 batting average and a team-leading 28 RBI for Franklin Parish.
Christian Eaton also tied Jordan Temple for the team-lead in home runs during the 2009 season with three long balls.
Temple was defiantly the ace of the pitching staff this season with solid numbers from beginning to end for his senior season.
Temple was 7-3 on the mound with a 3.61 earned run average and 43 strikeouts compared to just 11 walks.
Patel led the team in ERA with an incredible 0.55 mark in 12.6 innings of work. Tyler Roberts' ERA was almost as impressive at 1.81 over 11.6 innings pitched.
Temple also logged the most innings for the Patriots on the mound with over 54 innings pitched this season.
Michael Parks and Michael Whitley each pitched 33.3 innings this season. Whitley finished with a 2.10 ERA while Parks came in at 3.15.
May 12 will mark the baseball banquet for the Patriots as they honor their senior members and the accomplishments of the season.
The event will be held at Brown's Landing and begin at 5:30 p.m. May 12. for more information, visit the team website, www.fphsbaseball.com.