FRANKTON — It took the Frankton four innings to take advantage of the gifts Daleville was giving out on the baseball diamond Wednesday night — and the Eagles did so in a big way.
They batted around and plated seven runs in the home half of the fourth inning en route to a 13-3, six-inning victory over the Broncos.
“We just needed a big spark plug like that,” Frankton’s Brycen Downs said. “It is incredible. It boosted us 100 percent. It is a complete turnaround.”
Frankton (4-6) coach Brad Douglas said he could see his team was lacking confidence trailing by three runs.
“I explained to them that this is the third inning, we’ve got to have confidence we are going to score runs,” the first year coach said. “After that I saw a different look in their eyes.”
His mid-game speech showed dividends in the Eagles next at bat.
With one run in and a runner on second base and one out, Downs lined a single to center scoring Conner Love to pull the Eagles within one run at 3-2. Then with two outs, Daleville’s (7-5) starting pitcher Elliott Jackson walked back-to-back batters to load the bases.
“Just never giving up an at bat,” Downs said was the philosophy as the plate. “Going deep in the count and making the pitchers throw a lot of balls (is the key).”
Logan Weins the hit a towering pop up to the shortstop who kept drifting to his left as the gusty winds took control of the ball. He was unable to corral it and two runs scored to give the Eagles a 4-3 lead.
“That was my three hitter with bases loaded,” Douglas said. “He hit a lazy pop up. We will call that home field advantage. You never know which direction the wind is going to come.”