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|Franklin pre-majors win in district 5 play|
Franklin Parish removed any anticipated drama from the Dixie Pre-Majors District 5 Tournament championship game right off the bat.
Spraying out 15 hits, Franklin bolted out to a 15-1 third-inning lead and coasted to a 15-5 victory over Morehouse last Thursday night at Baron Ballpark.
Both teams advance to the State Tournament, which starts Saturday, July 11 at Independence.
After splitting two competitive games — Franklin won 5-3 on Saturday, with Morehouse winning a 7-4 decision on Tuesday — the championship game had the makings of a barnburner.
Instead, Franklin came out with its bats sizzling.
David Leake and Chris Austin led off the game with consecutive singles, Kyron Neuroth walked and J.T. James singled to give the visitors an early 2-0 cushion. Franklin doubled its lead to 4-0 on Tyler Roberts' RBI groundout and base hits by Josh Sikes and Greg Parks.
Morehouse scratched for a run in the bottom of the first when Jeremy Eldridge led off with a base hit and scored on James Letlow's two-out single.
Neuroth held Morehouse in check until the host team struck for four in the bottom of the fifth. By then, the game had gotten out of hand.
Leake started off the second with a base hit and swiped second. Four consecutive batters reached with two away. James was safe on a misplay, Roberts singled home a run, Sikes reached via error and Parks laced an RBI single to put Franklin in command 8-1.
Keeping the pressure on, Franklin rolled a seven in the third to put the game out of reach.
Andy Hazel led off with an infield single and Nathan Gallup served up a base hit to left.
Back to the top of the order, Leake walked to load the bases. Chris Austin followed with a three-run triple to right.
After Austin crossed home on a wild pitch to empty the bases, Neuroth and James singled. Roberts doubled two more runs across and advanced to third on a throwing error. Roberts eventually scored on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 15-1.
Morehouse picked up four in the bottom of the fifth on a pair of bases loaded walks and O'Shea Montgomery's RBI single, but it wasn't enough to extend the game.
Neuroth went the route for the win, scattering six hits.
Austin led the Franklin onslaught, going 3-for-4 with a triple. Roberts drove in four runs with a double and a single, Leake went 2-for-3 and scored three runs, James singled twice and scored thrice, Parks went 2-for-2 and Neuroth, Sikes, Hazel and Nathan Gallup singled.
Letlow was a bright spot offensively for Morehouse, going 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs.
Eldridge, Xavier Robinson, Dakota Hawkins and Montgomery singled.
Yancy May, the first of four Morehouse pitchers, was dealt the setback.