BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Franklin softball team looked to extend their winning streak on Saturday (Apr. 13) afternoon with two conference road games against the Bluffton Beavers.
The middle of the Franklin (12-12, 5-3 HCAC) lineup dealt significant damage to Beaver (6-22, 1-5 HCAC) pitching all afternoon long as the Grizzlies extended their winning streak to four with wins by scores of 7-4 and 9-1, respectively.
Franklin's Natalie Weber and Sydney Logsdon drove in five runs each from the third and fourth spots in the lineup. Justice Carmichael and Danielle Wyse both homered in game two, giving the Grizzlies a boost in their final games ahead of an eight-game homestand.
Game One: Franklin 7 – Bluffton 4
Appearing in the clean-up spot for the third consecutive game, Logsdon got the Grizzlies on the board in the top of the first with a one-out double into the left field corner, scoring Lexi Gaffney and Weber. One inning later, Weber padded the Franklin lead with a clutch piece of hitting with a two-out, bases-clearing double off the wall in center field to make it a 5-0 game.
Monica Collins joined in on the fun with an RBI single in the top of the fourth and Weber plated her fourth run of the game two batters later with a single through the right to make it a 7-0 game. The Beavers broke through with runs in each of their final three trips to the plate, but their comeback effort would fall just short.
Kayla Selzer (6-7) tossed five innings in the circle, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with one strikeout. Wyse came in to start the sixth and fanned two over the final two innings.
Game Two: Franklin 9 – Bluffton 1 (5 inn.)
The top of the Franklin order continued to torment Bluffton pitching early in game two. Collins and Lexi Gaffney reached with singles to open the game and Collins would score the game first run on an RBI single by Weber. Logsdon followed with a sacrifice fly to make it a two-run game and later in the inning, Carmichael plated a run with a single.
Logsdon brought home another run in the top of the second, tripling into the right field corner with two outs, scoring Weber all the way from first. One batter later, Shelby Mager threw caution to the wind to score Logsdon with a squeeze bunt that went for a single to make it a 5-0 game.
Bluffton broke the shutout with a home run in their half of the fourth, but Franklin would respond in the fifth when Wyse led off the inning with a home run and Carmichael added two more with her team-leading third long ball of the year. Logsdon capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly later in the inning, giving her three RBI in a game for the first time in her young career.
It was more than enough run support for Alisha Burch (5-5), who turned in another quality start that saw her strike out five and allow just four hits in a complete game effort.
Franklin looks to keep their winning streak going when they open an eight-game homestand on Sunday (Apr. 14) afternoon. The Grizzlies welcome Anderson University to Behrens Field for two games set to begin at 3:00 p.m.