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|Lady Patriots get back on track in district play|
Getting back on track in district play after losing a heart-breaking extra-inning contest against Neville, the Franklin Parish Lady Patriot softball team had an undefeated week, beating Delhi Charter, 3-0 and sweeping a district double-header over Carroll, 14-3 and 10-2.
"It was defintely a good week for us," Lady Patriots head coach Brian Gunter said. "We were a little down as of late because we had not been able to come away victorious in some close games. Things started to change this week.
"We had played Delhi Charter earlier in the year and not really played our best; we made several key errors. This time around we had no errors and Kristyn Newman threw a no-hitter. We played well and got the hits when we needed them. Hopefully we can carry this momentum into our return to district this week against Bastrop."
Pounding out 28 hits and scoring 24 runs against an overmatched Carroll squad in the double-header, the FPHS bats got back on track as Sara Elliot had four hits, Kortnie Kelly had two singles and a pair of RBI, Mary Kate Parker had a pair of hits and Chelsea Hackey had a double and two runs driven in.
The offense was just as productive in the next game as Stephanie Beach had four hits and a pair of runs driven in, Charlie Kate Hodges had a double and two RBI, Lyndsey Jones had a two-run single, and Mary Kate Parker had a pair of hits.
"The games against Carroll did come at a perfect time because it allowed our team to get their confidence back," Gunter said. "Particuarly at the plate. Counting our games against Bastrop this week, this marks the end of the first half of district play. We were 0-2 in district play and this sweep got us back to the .500 mark in district play.
"Of course the pitching speed that you face when you play a team like Carroll isn't perhaps on the same level as the rest of your opponents, but we were still able to remain focused and hit the ball quite well."
Relying on the right arm of freshman Kristyn Newman for a majority of their innings in the circle, Gunter said that his young right-hander is starting to come into her own.
"The key thing with Kristyn right now is that she is learning from every game that she pitches in whether it be a win or loss," Gunter said. "She is learning that against some teams you can get by with certain types of pitches and bad locations. However, she is also learning that against some teams that cannot happen if you want to be successful.
"She is coming along quite well and has a very bright future in this program. She is going to be a good one."