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April 23, 2014

Frankton hits early, often in win over Anderson

FRANKTON — Frankton pounded out 11 hits in handing Anderson its second softball loss in as many nights.

The Eagles ended the game after five innings by a 12-2 count.

"We came out and got six hits in the first two ninnings," said Frankton coach Jeremy Parker. "Our hitting is coming around. We're getting better."

One of the players who contributed in many ways to the Eagles' victory was senior catcher Lexi Gray. She had a double and a triple and scored twice.

"I think the whole team worked hard in the off-season with their hitting," said Gray. "The whole team is hitting the ball hard."

Gray also caught Anderson's Avery Raper off first base in the third inning.

"I like to pick off runners," said Gray. "Kylee (first baseman Irwin) and Ashtyn (second baseman Rastetter) do a good job of getting behind the runner and making a hard tag. It is ironic because the girl I picked off is a good friend of mine."

Irwin also had a double and a triple in the game. Her double chased in two runs and ended the game in the fifth. Rastetter had a pair of singles, drove in a run and scored one.

Anderson has to be feeling unlucky, not to mention worn down. The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first against Eagles starting pitcher Kyleigh Garner. Donjanae Chamberlain and Natania VanSickle walked and Alexandra Poor beat out an infield single to plate a run.

Anderson starting pitcher Sydney Schmitt was right around the plate all day but that was to the liking of the Frankton hitters.

"Frankton hit everything Sydney had to throw," said Indians coach Doug Holder.

Then suddenly, after striking out Rastetter to open the fourth, Schmitt bent over in the circle and seemed incapable of straightening up. "I had Haley Helton warming up (prior to the injury) and she had just told me she didn't feel comfortable throwing," said Holder. "Sydney suffered a lower back injury. Then I had no choice but to go to Helton to try and get an out or two."

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