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Herring Twins lift Franklin Co. over Brookhaven 7-3

Cliff and Clint Herring made the plays, as the Franklin CountyBulldogs kept up their winning ways by completing a season sweep ofthe Brookhaven Panthers Saturday afternoon with a 7-3 victory onMoyer Field.

The Bulldogs used their Herring combination of identical twinbrothers Cliff and Clint to overwhelm the Panthers with severalclutch hits. Coach Randy Spring used several players in differentpositions as the Panthers continue to experiment with their lineupafter a shaky start this season.

“Brookhaven’s a good team,” said Bulldog head coach Ed Zumbro,Jr. “We made the plays and got the hits. Overall, it was just areal good win.”

The Bulldogs (15-5) set the tone of the game early and often bytaking a commanding 3-0 lead, off a key 2-run double by CliffHerring. Then Clint Herring added another run in the second to makethe score 4-0 in favor of the Dawgs.

“I knew I had to come back and prove a point,” said Bulldogleftfielder Cliff Herring after the game. “I just wanted my chanceat the ball and I took it.”

Herring finished with a team-leading double and single, whilehis brother Clint added a single and a stolen base. The Bulldogsheld a 5-0 advantage after three and half innings, beforeBrookhaven started a rally of sorts.

The Panthers used a pair of singles by Grant McDonnieal andScotty Smith to cut Franklin’s lead to 5-2 before entering thefifth. After that, it was all Franklin. The Bulldogs used a pair ofruns in the sixth and seventh to end the game in an uproar ofcelebration. That was followed by a quick trip to the bus to playtheir next game in Bude Saturday night against Clinton.

“It was a great win for us,” added Zumbro. “But we’ve got to goand play again in less than an hour. I just hope we’re ready forthat kind of work.”

As for the winning pitcher, Bulldog junior Colby Beach picked upthe win with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Suffering the loss for the Panthers was Reggie Smith with fourstrikeouts and four walks.

At the plate, Brookhaven was led by senior first baseman KernHoff with a double and a single.

Racking up three stolen bases apiece for the Dawgs were freshmenrunners Jasper O’Quinn and James King.