The Franklin County Seahawks had a good week, winning three in a row, over West Gadsden, John Paul II and Aucilla Christian, and they’re now headed for an extended road trip.
“Hitting’s coming around but it’s not where it needs to be,” said Coach Aaron Bodin. “Defense and pitching is what’s carried us. The pitching’s been solid coach. Coach (Gene) McLeod is doing a good job with our staff.
“Now we’ve got seven on the road and I’m looking to bring it,” he said. “So they can learn how to play well on the road and play with intensity.”
Eastpoint’s Mike Thornburg, father of Boston Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg, tossed out the first pitch Thursday night, March 9 at home, as the week’s action got underway with a 13-1, five-inning downing of West Gadsden.
The Panthers got their lone run in the top of the second, tying the game, but it was all Hawk ball after that, as Franklin County plated two in the bottom of the inning, three more in the third and seven in the fourth to complete the defeat.
Sophomore Ethan Riley went 3 for 4, driving in a pair of runs, while sophomore Chris Newell was 1 for 3, with two RBI. Sophomore Tonnor Segree went 1 for 2, and scored two runs, while junior Landen Abel was 2 for 2, driving in two, and scoring three runs. Junior Chance white was 1 for 2, and crossed the plate twice.
Sophomore Micah McLeod allowed one hit and one earned run over five innings, striking out 12 and walking two. “He did what was expected,” said Bodin.
Against John Paul at home Saturday afternoon, the Seahawks pulled out a 7-6 win in the bottom of the seventh by scoring three runs.
Newell started, and gave up two runs each in the third, fifth and sixth innings, three of the six earned, while allowing only four hits. “Chris did pretty good, he shut ‘em down,” said Bodin.
After scoring three in the first and one in the second, the Seahawks entered the final stanza down 6-4.
After McLeod walked, and stole second, Newell walked. Segree, who secured the win in two innings of relief, then struck out for the third time that game.
Junior Dalyn Sheridan then smacked a triple, which scored two to tie the game. Abel walked and stole second, and junior Christian Amison walked, setting the stage for junior Chance White to hit a walk-off single that plated Sheridan.
“We executed defensively late, and a couple guys stepped up and had good at-bats,” said Bodin.
The coach was not without a critique of his team’s play, noting that negatives included base running errors, and a failure to score with bases loaded.
“It’s all simple stuff, mistakes that shouldn’t be happening at this point,” he said.
On Tuesday night at Aucilla Christian, the team won 8-1, as Segree allowed just three hits and one earned run, while striking out seven over six innings. In the seventh, Newell didn’t allow any hits and struck out one.
Aucilla got their run in the bottom of the fifth, but that was it. After three scoreless innings, the Hawks scored a pair in the fourth and sixth, and got for more in the top of the seventh.
McLeod went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs while Segree got back in the groove by going 2 for 4. Sheridan and Abel were each 2 for 4 with one run batted in, while Amison went 1 for 2.
After the game, played in the cold and wet, the team presented the signed game ball to the one fan in the stands, Sheridan’s grandmother.
The team played Wednesday night in a make-up game at Wewahitchka, and will be at Godby Saturday afternoon. After that it’s a road trip to take on Wakulla Christian, John Paul II, and North Bay Haven, for starters.