FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin softball team wrapped up a six-game homestand on Tuesday (Apr. 23) afternoon, welcoming the Transylvania Pioneers to Behrens Field for two big conference meetings.
The Grizzlies (15-15, 7-5 HCAC) came up on the wrong end of a 2-0 pitcher's duel in game one. Game two saw Franklin push the Pioneers (18-10, 8-2 HCAC) to extra innings before falling, 8-5.
Game One: Transylvania 2 – Franklin 0
Both starting pitchers did a great job keeping the offenses in check, as the two teams combined for just four hits through the first four innings of play. But three straight one-out hits in the top of the fifth led to the Pioneers' first run and a fourth base knock later in the inning added an insurance run for the guests.
That proved to be all the run support the Pioneers' Kameron Bowling needed, as she held the Grizzlies to just one base runner over the final three innings. Kayla Selzer (7-8) pitched well for the Grizzlies, scattering eight hits over six innings of work before turning the circle over to Danielle Wyse for the seventh inning.
Game Two: Transylvania 8 – Franklin 5 (8 inn.)
The Pioneers came out swinging in the night cap, plating a pair of runs in their first trip to the plate. Franklin had an answer for their foes, evening things up in the bottom of the second thanks to a two-run single from Shelby Mager.
One inning later, Franklin took their first lead of the day when Sydney Logsdon smacked a single into the outfield, scoring Lexi Gaffney from second to make it a 3-2 game. However, that's where the lead would stay as two other Franklin base-runners were gunned down trying to score in the third.
Franklin held on to the lead until the top of the sixth inning when Transy rallied with two outs to score three times and hold a 5-3 edge. In the bottom of the inning, Mager delivered again with two outs, bringing in pinch-runner Samantha Cain to cut the lead in half.
Down to their final out in the seventh, Natalie Weber gave the Grizzlies new life when she smacked a solo shot over the center field wall, her fourth long ball of the year. But the Pioneers cashed in for three runs in the eighth, which would be enough cushion to hold on for the win.
Alisha Burch (6-6) tossed a complete game for the Grizzlies, allowing six earned runs and striking out a pair.
Franklin hits the road for their final regular season contests away from Behrens Field on Saturday (Apr. 27), heading to Defiance, Ohio for two games against the Defiance Yellow Jackets. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.