STORY BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON | PHOTOS BY DEB SCALLY PHOTOGRAPHY
The Franklin Rebels softball team nearly hit 20 Wednesday nights as they rained down runs on the hosting Ravenwood Lady Raptors, securing a 19-2 victory.
Franklin displayed hot bats from the start as they jumped out early with five runs in the first inning.
Jean Costello, Carlynn Atamanik, Carli LaRoque, Ellie Anisi and Emme Glover all reached home plate to create an early 5-0 deficit. Ravenwood scored in their at bat as Ashari Leonard, and Camila Wilbanks scored off Avery Wissmars double RBI to make it 5-2 Franklin after the first inning.
Kate Becker scored for Franklin in the second to widen the Rebels lead to 6-2.
To start the third inning, Franklin brought hot bats again as they loaded the bases. Glover scored off an error at home plate making it 7-2. Costello then RBI doubled in two runners to make it 9-2.
Costello scored from 3rd off another error at home plate on the pitch which extended the lead to 10-2. LaRoque kept the hot batting, as she grounded out to first, enabling Atamanik to score from third base. The score was 11-2 Franklin on top off a five-run inning.
Ravenwood started the fourth inning with a pitching change, as starter Wissmar was moved to first base and Tess Henderson was brought to the mound. Wissmar gave up only four hits and had six strikeouts, but also had four errors that led to runs. But, at this point in the game, she also had two RBIs showing off her all around skills on, and off the diamond.
In the fourth inning, Franklin continued the scoring. The bases stayed loaded the entire half of the inning.
Franklin closed out the fourth with three straight outs, and the game was over with a 19-2 victory for Franklin.
Franklin’s Pitcher Tess Henderson ended her evening by pitching four innings, recording 12 first pitch strikes, and recorded six strikeouts. Wissmar pitched three innings for the Raptors, had 13 first pitch strikes, as well as six strikeouts.
Ravenwood’s head coach Allison Brown stated, “I think we came out flat. Hats off to Franklin. They played a great game.
“They’re well-coached. They were prepared, and had a lot of energy, and took advantage of our mistakes. They kept their eyes on everything. We can’t come out flat, and expect a different outcome.”
Franklin’s Head Coach Lyndsey Consiglio had this to offer, “We came in with a purpose and a plan today. We came off a big loss yesterday, so we came in with a good mindset ready at the plate.
“We worked together as a team from the first inning all the way until the last inning. We showed we were ready to play.”
Franklin and Ravenwood’s next action will be April 12 and 13 at the Ravenwood Raptor Classic.