New Franklin rolls past Smithton, Jamestown

In the fourth inning against Smithton, New Franklin unleashed its bats.

Trailing 2-1 at the time, the Bulldogs scored 10 runs in the inning. New Franklin would add eight more runs in the sixth inning to win 20-3 on Tuesday.

New Franklin head coach Erich Gerding said Levi Bishop crushed a pitch over the left-field fence in the fourth inning that would have been a home run in a Major League ballpark. Instead, it was ruled a ground-rule double, but Gerding said the blast gave the Bulldogs a big lift.

“It was refreshing to see us hit the ball well and have so many guys chip in,” Gerding said.

Blake Carleton, Austin Wetrich and Matt Anderton each had multi-hit games. Anderton finished with a single, a triple and two RBIs, while Carleton had a single, a double and two RBIs and Wetrich finished with two singles and two RBIs.

Alex Holem picked up the victory on the mound, giving up three runs in five innings of work. He also walked five and struck out seven batters.

New Franklin (15-3) traveled to Jamestown on Wednesday to complete a game that was started and suspended on March 27. Tyler Hull struck out 13 batters and allowed just two hits in an 11-2 win on the road.

The Bulldogs had four home runs in the game. Bishop hit two of the home runs and Carleton and Zach Evans each hit a home run. Bishop hit a solo home run to lead off the second inning and Carleton hit a three-run blast later in the frame to give New Franklin an early 5-0 lead.

T.J. Schapira also had a four-hit game, all singles, and drove in a run.

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