Franklin County’s varsity boy’s baseball team, udner the direction of Kevin Cox, is off to a fairly good start, establishing that they can contend for a district title.
In the pre-season, Feb. 17, the Seahawks tied the Tiger Sharks 7-7 in Port. St Joe.
“The players of the game for game 1 would have to be junior Tonnor Segree who came on in relief and pitched three shutout innings and had a double and run scored. Junior Christopher Newell also went 2 for 4 at the plate with a double and three RBI. Proud of our guys the way we battled back from a 5-0 deficit in the first.”
In the second game of the day, North Bay Haven won 7-3, after a couple errors in the first inning opened the door for North Bay Haven to score five in the first..
Sophomore Javon Pride pitched three solid innings, only giving up one run.
In the away opener Feb. 20, Franklin County downed John Paul II 5-3.
Newell went four innings, striking out fivem walking four, and giving up five hits and two earned runs.
The save went to Segree, who fanned four, walked two and gave up a pair of hits.
Highlight at the plate went to the number one and two hitters, Pride and junior Ethan Riley who both had two hits. Riley batted in two runs, and Pride one.
“This game could have been an easy win had we hit well with runners in scoring position,” Cox said. “We left a lot of runners on base. But proud that we came out in game 1 and got the win.”
At the home opener Feb. 27, Franklin County fell 5-2 to Liberty County.
Newell took the loss, striking out five and walking two as he gave up seven hits, and four runs, three of them earned. Pride came in in relief, striking out one and walking two, while giving up one earned run on two hits.
We had one bad inning and gave up three runs,” said Cox. “The Bulldogs hit a two run homer in the second inning and then we gave them an extra run with a throwing error.
“We just did not take advantage of the opportunities to score runs when we had them. Pitched well enough to win but did not get the big hits needed to win the close games,” said Cox. “I’m proud of the way we competed but have to get more quality at-bats when the runners are in scoring position.”
Iat Bozeman March 3, the Seahawls fell 6-3, with junior Micah McLeod taking the loss, as he struck out seven and walked four, and gave up four runs, two of them earned. Segree, in relief, struck out two, walked two, and gave up a pair of earned runs.
“Again we pitched well enough to win but had our worse game yet at the plate,” said Cox. “Bozeman may be the most solid all-around team in the district but we still had our chance to tie the game in the seventh. We made a couple costly errors in the game that allowed them to have a comfortable lead and just could never get that big hit to score runs.”
Cox said McLeod was player of the game, for his hurling for four strong innings. Pride had two hits and two runs batted in.
At North Bay Haven March 5, the Seahawks avenged an earlier loss with an 8-4 win.
Segree got the win by striking out five and walking three in four innings, giving up two hits, and two earned runs.
Senior Dalyn Sheridan struck out two and walked three over two innings, giving up a hit. Pride struck out one and walked tow in one inning of work.
“Our most complete game yet,” said Cox. “We finally hit the ball with runners in scoring position. If we can muster up timely hits like this and score six runs a game, our pitching is good enough for us to win a lot of ballgames.
The top four batters, Pride, Riley, Newell and McLeod all came up with big hits to score runs, Cox said. Backup catcher freshman Josh Odom who filled the DH role in this game collected two hits and Dalyn Sheridan pitched two shutout innings.
“This was the first game of the year where we played up to our capability,” Cox said. “Tonnor Segree also showed how good he can be on the mound throwing four strong innings.”
On Friday, the Hawks downed Wewa 5-1 at home, with Newell getting the win, striking out nine and walking two while giving up one earned run on five hits. Segree in relief got his second save of the season, striking out four, walking three and giving up just one hit.
“This was a game where our pitching carried us again. Newell and Segree were really solid on the mound and although we did not swing the bats well, we scored enough to win comfortably with the way we pitched,” said Cox. “We will have to get back in the cage and learn to take more quality at-bats. “
Riley had one hit and batted in a run.