Behind a strong performance from a core group of girls who have finished just short of a championship the past three years, Franklin County dominated the Middle School Championship this year, finishing with a perfect record of 12-0 in their conference.
The girls also play a JV schedule which ran their record to a 15-0 season. "Super proud of this group of girls, they've been focused from Day 1 this year on achieving our goal,” said Coach Brock Johnson.
Tuesday’s championship game here at home was Tuesday against Hosford, after the girls shut out Altha 12-0 the previous day. In that semifinal, eighth grader Leslie Escobar smacked a three-run homer.
The final would be a lot like the first game as Franklin County jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after the first inning. With the way Franklin's ace pitcher Sage Brannan was throwing, that would be all they would need, as Franklin ended up on the winning side again with a final of 10-0 in a run-rule shortened game.
Brannan had a great day on the mound, pitching four innings of no-hit ball while striking out 10. Brannan was also 2 for-2 at the plate. Also contributing on offense were Brooklyn O'Neal with three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases, Abby Johnson two runs batted in, Ariel Andrews 2 for-2 with a pair of RBIs, and Ava McAnally 2 for 3 with three runs batted in.
"These girls can be really special if they just stay the course,” said Johnson. “They're already very competitive and hate losing, which is a good thing. They take to coaching really well, considering how much we demand of them. Just really proud of them.”
The young Lady Seahawks outscored their opponents 200 to 27 this season. "The county should be very proud of these girls and our softball program as a whole, including varsity,” said Johnson. All of the girls have worked a lot of years to get where they are now, they love playing in front of a large home crowd. Come out and show your support.”