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N. Pike whips Franklin; Bulldogs rally past Wesson

BUDE – North Pike’s Kendrick Hodges and Revis Butler may be twoof the state’s top baseball prospects. On Saturday each showed whyby putting on an air show against the Franklin County Bulldogs in a15-3 Jaguar win.

Both Butler and Hodges offered towering home runs in the victory.In the early action, FCHS beat Wesson 8-4, thanks to some standoutpitching from sophomore Hunter Rushing.

N. Pike 15, Franklin 3

The Jaguars scored five runs early, three coming off a towering3-run homer from Hodges. The blast traveled an estimated 390 feetover the FC center field wall before landing.

Butler, who is an MLB prospect, tallied a left field shot in thethird inning to give North Pike a commanding 10-1 lead after threeinnings of play. North Pike added five runs in the fifth to end thegame with the 10-run mercy rule.

Coached by George Lott III, North Pike got a solid pitchingperformance from Jacob Fleming in the five inning game. Flemingstruck out six.

For the Bulldogs, junior Kin Mullins absorbed the loss. JustinSmallwood led FCHS at the plate with a double.

Franklin Co. 8, Wesson 4

Franklin County (1-1), coached by Brent Calcote, got RBI hits fromMullins and Shelton to break open a close game in the sixthinning.

Wesson led 5-4 after four innings of play, before the Bulldogsmounted a rally. Gage Wilson led the Cobras at the plate with adouble and a single.

On the mound, Wilson suffered the loss.

For the Bulldogs, Mullins led all batters with a triple and asingle. Shelton added two singles.

Sophomore Hunter Rushing notched the win, going three innings andstriking out four batters.

Franklin County plays in the Brookhaven Classic Friday andSaturday. The Bulldogs play the Class 5A Panthers at 6:30 p.m.Friday.