OSCEOLA, Fla. – The Franklin College softball team opened their annual spring break trip on Saturday (Mar. 23), taking on Maine-Farmington and Kalamazoo at the Osceola County Softball Complex.
Powered by their offense, the Grizzlies (4-6) rolled to a 10-1 win over Maine-Farmington in their morning contest. The afternoon session saw Franklin's brief winning streak end at two, as Kalamazoo claimed a 7-4 victory to close out the day.
Game One: Franklin 10 – Maine-Farmington 1 (5 inn.)
Down by a run after one inning of play, the Franklin offense started to roll in their second trip to the plate. With two on and one out, Abby Hickson evened the game up with a single to center that scored Sydney Logsdon. Later in the inning, pinch runner Samantha Cain would come in to score on a fielding error following a Lexi Gaffney single, putting the Grizzlies up for good.
Logsdon would score on a passed ball in the third to add to the lead and Taylor Bounin would collect an RBI later in the inning with a run-scoring double to make it a 5-1 game. The Grizzlies put the game out of reach in the fourth with RBIs from Hickson, Bounin, Danielle Wyse and Monica Collins.
Kayla Selzer (2-3) tossed five strong innings to earn the win, scattering three hits and striking out three without walking a batter. Bounin, Gaffney and Natalie Weber all finished with multiple hits for Franklin in the opener.
Game Two: Kalamazoo 7 – Franklin 4
The Hornets got the early jump on the Grizzlies to open the afternoon, scoring one unearned run in the bottom of the first. The game's deciding frame came one inning later, when three straight hits with the bases loaded resulted in five Kalamazoo runs to make it a 6-0 game.
Shelby Mager got the Grizzlies on the board in the top of the fourth, bringing Samantha Cain home with a double down the left field line. Justice Carmichael was responsible for the final three runs of the game, homering in both the fifth and seventh innings for her first round-trippers of the year and the first multi-home run game of her career. But the Grizzlies would fall just short of the comeback, leaving 12 runners on base in the game.
Alisha Burch (1-3) went the distance for the Grizzlies, allowing nine hits while walking five and striking out five. Collins, Mager, Carmichael, Bounin and Gaffney all collected multiple hits against the Hornets.
Franklin continues their Florida trip on Sunday (Mar. 24) with games against St. Thomas (Minn.) and Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Game one is set for 1:30 p.m.