Prairie View 11, Franklin Academy 3
WINNSBORO — Unleashing a 15-hit barrage, Prairie View rolled to an 11-3 conquest of Franklin Academy in the first game of an MAIS District 5-2A double header Thursday afternoon.
Leading from start to finish, the Spartans broke loose for four in the top of the first.
Layton Rainbolt was awarded a free base after being hit by the second pitch of the game, stole second, took third on an error and completed the course on a passed ball.
With one away, Hayes Crockett walked and circled the bases on Blake Ray's double to center. Ray swiped third and scored on Mason Rogers' groundout. Next up, Jacob Farrar worked the count full before swatting a home run over the center field fence as the Spartans went up 4-0.
Franklin cut into the deficit with two in the home half of the first.
Noah Madden and Colton Williams walked to put two runners aboard with one out. Allen Newman singled home a run, Caleb Hill drew a base on balls and Hunter Dear-Long poked an RBI single to bring the Cougars within 4-2. Prairie View left fielder Gage Riles then shagged a fly ball to start an inning-ending double play.
Reeling off seven unanswered runs, the Spartans (14-3, 6-1) picked up two in the second, one in the fourth, fifth and sixth and two more in the seventh.
Tanner Caldwell singled up the middle with one away, stole the next two bases and jogged home on Crockett's double. Ray bunted Crockett over to third, setting up Rogers' RBI single to left.
Rogers drove in his third run of the day in the fourth when his two-out single plated Ray, who singled and stole second.
Riles and Connor Ouellette strung together back-to-back, two-out singles in the fifth, with Riles eventually crossing home on an error.
Caldwell started the sixth with a base hit and later scored on Ray's sac fly to center.
Farrar led off the seventh with a base hit, moved to second on JaMarco Edmonds' groundout, went to third on Riles' base hit and continued home on an error. Ouellette's RBI double upped the Spartans' lead to 11-2.
Newman doubled home Wesley Gwin, who walked, with one out in the FA seventh to wrap up the scoring.
Caldwell gave up two runs on four hits, struck out three and walked four in four innings for the win. Cade Murphy yielded just one hit through the final three innings for the save.
Riles went 3-for-4 to lead Prairie View at the plate. Farrar homered and singled, Ray and Ouellette doubled and singled, Caldwell and Rogers both whacked two singles, and Rainbolt and Crockett doubled.
Newman provided the majority of the Cougars' offense with a double and two singles, with base hits by Hill and Dear-Long.
Losing pitcher was Dear-Long with McCurley in relief.