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Gratification it is! FC wins sectional opener in nine

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

BROOKVILLE — Wondering what would happen once they resumed their Class 3A Sectional 29 softball contest against 11th-ranked Greensburg, the fifth-ranked Franklin County Lady Wildcats had to wait a few innings to get their answer on Tuesday evening.

Scoreless in the sixth inning on Monday night, the completion of the sectional semifinal tilt was pushed to Tuesday, due to thunderstorms in the area.

Through the six innings on Monday, Franklin County was held hitless by Greensburg pitcher Rose Morrison, but Wildcat hurler Kamryn McCool was more than up to matching that effort, striking out 10 while allowing only two hits, prior to Wednesday's reunion.

Hannah Hornsby ended the no-hit bid in the team's second at-bat in the seventh on Wednesday slapping a single.

Two innings later, FC ended the shut out bid as well, Gabby Mitchum reaching on a base hit, stealing second, and coming around to score on a single by McCool.

That was all that McCool needed on the mound, as the FC hurler returned to the hill in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the side to preserve the victory, and deliver the Wildcats to Friday's championship contest.

McCool finished with 17 strikeouts, walking none. She surrendered three hits in the game.

Franklin County (23-5) finished with five hits in the game, two of them coming from Camryn Brewer.

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Connersville track girls fall short in state bids

SHELBYVILLE — Four individuals and two relay teams took their shot at gaining a berth at the state track and field championships on Tuesday, competing at the IHSAA regional meet at Shelbyville High School.

Unfortunately for the Lady Spartans, none found the road to advancement, ending their season.

Jessica Beckman had the best finish for the Spartan girls, grabbing 10th in the discus. She was also 16th in the shot put.

Other individual competitors for CHS included Marley Smith (16th, 1600), Laila Fitzgerald (15th, 100 hurdles) and Abbi Jacobs (pole vault).

Two relay teams were in uniform at the meet, the 4x800 team finishing 12th and the 4x400 unit ending up 16th.

Franklin County had seven individuals at the meet, one of them earning a state berth.

Ashlan Hill finished third in the long jump with a distance of 17-7.75, that effort punching her ticket to the state finals. The FC sophomore also competed in the 400.

Others competing for the Lady Wildcats included Lauren Kelley (5th, 1600), Anna Schatzle (5th, pole vault), Grace Noble (7th, 100), Kirsten Voegele (12th, 200 prelims) and Liza Stacy (pole vault). Noble was also ninth in the 200 prelims, and Kelley finished 15th in the 3200.

In the relay's Franklin County's 4x400 team finished fifth.

Lincoln had two individuals compete at the regional, and Union County had one runner and a relay team in action.

For the Lady Golden Eagles, Ryanne Davis (15th, 300; 15th 300 hurdles prelim), and Mackenzie Snyder (15th, 200 prelim) represented the school.

Union County's Kristen Hill (14th, 100 prelim) and the 4x100 relay team (12th) ran for the Lady Patriots.

The boys get their turn tonight, as Franklin Community High School will be the site for their regional.