Franklin Co. girls rally for win

Published 5:00 am Friday, September 12, 2008

MEADVILLE – Led by a game-winning double from Morgan Knapp, theFranklin County Lady Bulldogs collected a clutch come from behind4-3 victory over Richland Thursday night in slowpitch softballaction.

FC (10-2, 6-0) moved into first place in the Region 7-3Astandings with the win. The Lady Bulldogs trailed 3-2 going intothe bottom of the seventh before plating three consecutive hits toload the bases for Knapp’s big swing.

“I’m proud of the girls,” said FC head coach Dana Smith, who isanchored by her husband Mickey Smith as an assistant. “We nevergave up. Our girls fought for this one.”

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Kacey Smith, FC’s junior shortstop provided a spark as well,going 3-for3 with three singles at the plate and turning in somefancy defensive maneuvers as well. The Lady Bulldogs infieldrecorded no errors in the contest.

“Kacey really hit well tonight and Morgan is a tough one, shewas one deck after we tied the game,” said Coach Smith. “Shestepped it up a notch.”

Knapp, a junior outfielder went 3-for-3, collecting two singlesand the decisive extra-base hit.

Mildred Starks collected the victory on the mound for FranklinCounty in relief of Desiree Buie.

Vintrice Briggs, the Lady Bulldogs speedy outfielder collectedan RBI double and a single. Senior playmaker Courtney Reid platedtwo singles.

Reaching base safely for the FCHS, was Taylor Stewart, LatoryaGriffin, Vandrianna Norman, and Buie.

“We’ve got four district games remaining,” said Smith. “Our goalis to be undefeated in district. We’ve just got to take it one gameat a time.”

FC resumes play Monday night, playing host to Brookhavenbeginning at 5.