One hit will rarely result in a win, but New Franklin found a way around that Tuesday night against Tuscumbia.
Levi Bishop had the team’s only hit, while Alex Holem drove in New Franklin’s only run in the bottom of the first inning. Zach Evans and Jerrod Riley combined for a three-hit shutout, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 victory.
“Thank goodness Zach showed up on the mound, and Jerrod did a great job too,” New Franklin head coach Erich Gerding said. “Our infield defense was spectacular.”
Tyler Hull made two big plays at third base in the fourth inning to help overshadow a sluggish offensive night for the Bulldogs. Evans struck out four batters in five innings to get the win. Riley earned the save, striking out three.
On Wednesday, New Franklin recorded its third-straight win by shutout, blanking Northwest Hughesville 11-0 in five innings.
Tyler Hull had the complete-game victory, recording 12 of the Bulldogs’ 15 outs via strikeout. He also had a single, a double and three RBIs.
Alex Holem went 3-for-3 with one single, two doubles and one RBI. Riley and Austin Wetrich each had two hits and two RBIs.
After taking a 2-0 lead through two innings, New Franklin scored five in the third and four in the fifth inning.
New Franklin (8-1) will play in the Cairo Tournament on Saturday. Cairo faces Higbee at 9 a.m. and New Franklin plays Salisbury at 11 a.m. in the opening-round games. The third-place game is at 1 p.m. and the championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Glasgow boys win team track title at MSD Invitational
The Glasgow girls finished in second place with 93 points, followed by third-place New Franklin with 82 points.
The Glasgow boys’ 4×100-meter relay, which consisted of Tyler Fehling, Alex Mathews, Austin Speiser and Anthony Weydert, had a winning time of 47.73 seconds. The Yellowjackets’ other win came in the 4×400-meter relay. Landon Brand, Hayden Hackman, Blake Hackman and Kyler Monnig won in a time of 3:45.40.
Reagan Fuemmeler won the girls’ triple jump for the Lady Jackets with a distance of 32’-10.5”. She also took second in the 100-meter hurdles.
The New Franklin girls won four events at Thursday’s meet. The 4×800-meter relay team of Molly Lyons, Kaitlin Dobson, Abi Schapira and Madi Lyons had a time of 11:04.14. The 4×100-meter relay team of Madison Maupin, Nicole Sandner, Saundra Perkins and Sara Montgomery also won in a time of 55.45 seconds.
The 1,600-meter sprint medley, a unique event at the MSD Invitational, was also won by New Franklin. The medley consists of two 200s, a 400 and an 800 leg. Perkins, Sandner, Maupin and Montgomery clocked a winning time of 2:04.27.
Madi Lyons earned New Franklin’s only individual win with a time of 2:40.87 in the 800-meters.
Harrisburg beats Eugene, falls to Tolton
Charles Roller had the complete-game victory at Eugene, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. The senior right-hander, who signed with Central Methodist, only needed to throw 85 pitches.
The Bulldogs scored four runs in the fourth inning, all with two outs.
Harrisburg (3-2) had five different players with one hit apiece against Tolton.