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|Patriots to meet Chiefs Thursday|
The Franklin Parish Patriots (15-15) will be back in action Thursday at 6 p.m. when they host the district leading West Ouachita Chiefs in Winnsboro. West Ouachita is currently the top-ranked team in Class 4A by the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association. The Chiefs have won 20 out of their last 23 games overall. As of late, Franklin Parish has also found their winning ways as winners of seven out of their last nine contests. The Patriots are coming off a 2-1 victory over the Neville Tigers in Winnsboro on Saturday afternoon. The Patriots improved their district record to 5-4 with the victory on Saturday. Kameron Harper leads the Patriots at the plate with a .379 batting average. Harper has two doubles and driven in five RBIs this season.
Chris Austin is second in batting average for the Patriots at this point in the season. Austin is hitting .361 and has recorded 12 RBIs this season.
Trent Williams is leading the Patriots in RBIs right now with 30 and Brian Moroni has recorded 21 RBIs this season.
Mason Liles is the top pitcher on the Patriot staff right now with a 4-2 record and a 3.18 earned run average.
Michael Parks is 3-2 on the mound for the Patriots and has the second-best ERA on the team at 4.24 Parks has been a consistently solid pitcher with good control over his high school career. Parks has recorded 28 strikeouts this season.
Against the Chiefs, the Patriots will need good pitching and solid defense to stay in contention. The Chiefs have averaged 11.8 runs per game over their last 10 outings.
While the offense has been scoring a lot of runs, the West Ouachita defense has given up seven runs per game in their last six district contests. This could be a chance for the Patriots to continue hitting the ball in play and getting a lot of runs on the board. Mark Hatten is expected to start on the mound either Thursday or Saturday for West Ouachita.
Hatten has consistently been one of the best pitchers in Louisiana this season and could be a major challenge for the Patriots over the weekend.