An offensive explosion propels the Stephens County Indian baseball team to its second win of the season.
The Indians scored in four of the five innings, including scoring eight runs in the deciding fifth inning, to defeat Franklin County 15-1 in a game called after five innings due to the ten-run rule.
Leading 7-1 in the top of the fifth, the Indians sent twelve men to the plate, getting five hits, four walks, and a balk to score eight runs. The Indians then retired Franklin County 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.
As a team, Stephens County had 14 hits.
Ryan Cleveland led the way, going 3-4 with a three-run homerun, two singles, six total RBIs, and two runs scored. Meanwhile, leadoff hitter Davis McCall reached base all four times he stepped up, getting three hits, two RBIs, and scoring three runs. Two-hole hitter Mason Long also had three hits, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Luke Gibbs and Easton Davis also scored twice for the Indians.
On the mound, Austin Lord pitched a five-inning complete game for Stephens County, allowing just one run on three hits. He struck out eight and walked two in picking up the win.
Franklin County’s Brent Honeywell took the loss, giving up seven runs in three-plus innings.
The Indians are now 2-1 on the season, while Franklin County falls to 3-5.
The two teams are back at it tonight in the second game of their three-game series. First pitch from Carnesville is set for 7 p.m. with airtime on AM 630 WNEG and wnegradio.com set for 6:45 p.m.
In JV baseball, Stephens County defeated Jackson County 15-0 in three innings.