“We’re in the same boat as Wewa, we just have to go on the road,” said coach Scott Collins, after girls capture district runner-up trophy

At Thursday night’s district title game in Bristol, the Lady Seahawks outhit the Wewahitchka Gators, and committed fewer errors.

Only trouble was, Franklin County left 13 runners left on base, four of them stranded at third, and came away with a 2-0 loss, and a district runner-up trophy.

“We hit it right at them,” said coach Scott Collins. “We had a lot of opportunities.”

Because of the loss, the 19-7 Lady Seahawks now have to take a more than four-hour drive to the far northwestern corner of the state, to face district champ Northview in the regional semifinals. That game is at 8 p.m. ET.

“They’ve been ranked in top five the whole season. They haven’t played as tough a scheduled, but they’re going to be a good team,” said Collins. “We’re in the toughest region in the state – Jay, Wewa and Northview are all good, there’s no slouches.

“We’re in the same boat as Wewa, we just have to go on the road,” he said.

In the bottom of the first inning, Gator leadoff hitter junior Cyrina Madrid smacked a triple, and then came home on a sacrifice drive that gave Wewa a 1-0 lead. Then in the third, Madrid blasted a double, stole third and scored on the throw to give her team a second run.

With the exception of her troubles with Madrid, Seahawk freshman Sage Brannan had a solid performance on the mound, giving up just two other singles, and striking out four and walking two in seven innings of work. “Sage pitched a great game,” said Collins.

Franklin County committed just one error, to Wewa’s three, and nailed six hits, two by freshman Brooklyn O’Neal, and one each by seniors Melanie Collins and Alexus Johnson, junior Jaylin Charles and sophomore Abby Johnson, but they couldn’t convert them into trips across home plate.

“It was one of those things,” said the coach. “We could not get a two-out hit.”