The Franklin High School varsity baseball team snapped an extended losing streak Monday when the Panthers travelled to Bryson City to take on the Swain County Maroon Devils. In what proved to be a shootout, the Panthers eventually sealed a much needed win, 19-8.
The team hoped to continue their winning ways Tuesday when they hosted the Pisgah Bears. The game saw Franklin hold the lead for most of the game after the second inning. It looked as though they would hold on for the win, but things changed in the seventh when the Bears put up three runs to tie the game at 7-7. The Bears held the Panthers scoreless and were able to push the game into extra innings. In the tenth, Pisgah pulled ahead, 8-7, giving Franklin one chance to respond. The Panthers were not able to do so as the win slipped away.
The team plays again Friday when they travel to Sylva to take on the Smoky Mountain Mustangs.
The Lady Panthers varsity softball team endured a two-game losing streak during the last week of play. Last Friday, they took on the Brevard Blue Devils. After each team put up a run in the first inning, Brevard took control of the contest by posting five more before the Panthers could score again in the sixth. Though the three runs they added put them within striking distance, neither team scored in the closing innings making the final score, 6-4, with Brevard taking the win.
On Monday, the team looked to rebound with a win against the North Henderson Knights. The score remained 3-0 with the advantage going to the Knights through four innings, but in the fifth, the Knights started to make things happen as they put up four more runs. In the next inning, the Panthers responded by putting up three of their own, but they were never able to gain the traction needed to contend with North Henderson, losing, 9-3.
FHS had a chance to get back in the win column yesterday when they hosted the Pisgah Bears at Macon Middle School.
The FHS women's varsity soccer team remained undefeated when they played Pisgah at home Tuesday. The game started out slowly as both teams got their bearings, but the Lady Panthers again showed their dominance when they took control of the bout and sealed another victory, 6-1. The team is ranked number one in the conference with the lone blemish on their record coming from a tie.
They will travel today (Thursday) to take on the Smoky Mountain Mustangs.
The FHS boys tennis team has been on a tear this season, but the team saw their undefeated streak come to an end against Brevard Monday afternoon. The team lost 7-2.
#1- Alberto Gonzalez vs Joe Roberts W-6-1,6-3
#2- Chris Richards vs Andy McCall L-7-5, 3-6 (4-10)
#3- Blake Randall vs Logan Dye L- 6-7(4-7), 0-6
#4- John Karcher vs Chris Wilson L-6-1, 6-0
#5- Brendon Karcher vs Jack Williams L-6-0, 6-0
#6- Andrew Karcher vs Tucker Foster L-3-6, 2-6
#1- 1 & w vs 1 & 3 W-8-6
#2- 3 & 6 vs 2 & 4 L- 0-8
#3- 5 & Zack Deptola vs 5 & Daniel Taylor L-0-8
The team returned to the win column Tuesday when they travelled to East Henderson to take on a much improved Eagles team. They won 5-4.
#1- A. Gonzalez vs W. Jarvis W- 6-0, 6-0
#2- C. Richards vs E. Stanford W-6-4, 6-0
#3- B. Randall vs J. Trip L-6-3, 7-5
#4- J. Karcher vs R. Torres L- 2-6, 6-3 (6-10)
#5- B. Karcher vs J. Solano L- 1-6, 1-6
#6- A. Karcher vs L Green W- 6-0, 7-5
#1- 1 & 3 vs 1 & 2 W-8-0
#2- 2 & 4 vs 3 & 4 W- 9-8 (7-2)
#3- 6 & Z. Deptola vs 5 & 6 L-8-2
The team will look to build another streak when they take on the West Henderson Falcons at home Thursday.
Photos by: Travis Tallent and Maria Tallent