Prairie View 10, Franklin Academy 3
WINNSBORO — Securing its second straight district championship, Prairie View finished out a series sweep over Franklin Academy with a 10-3 win in the second half of Thursday night's double header.
Prairie View (15-3, 7-1 MAIS District 5-2A) went ahead to stay in the second when Jacob Farrar banged a leadoff double to right-center, and Gage Riles was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a double steal before Farrar stole home for the Spartans' first run.
Layton Rainbolt's RBI single drove in JaMarco Edmonds, who walked and stole the next two bags, as Prairie View went ahead 2-0 in the third.
Connor Ouellette singled to left with one down in the fourth. One out later, Edmonds, Rainbolt, Caldwell and Hayes Crockett laced four consecutive singles as the visitors forged ahead 5-0.
Franklin got on the board with two in the fourth.
Colton Williams and Allen Newman opened the frame with successive singles. With two down, Gavin Whittington's base hit to left plated both runners, drawing the Cougars within 5-2.
Prairie View created some distance from there with two in the fifth and sixth and one more in the seventh.
Walks by Ray and Farrar led to Riles' two-run single in the fifth.
Caldwell singled, Crockett was hit by a pitch and Ray advanced the runners with a groundout to the right side, putting two runners in scoring position with only one away in the sixth. Farrar singled Caldwell across and Crockett stole home on the front end of a double steal to make it 9-2.
Cade Murphy opened the Prairie View half of the seventh with a base hit to left, swiped second, advanced a station on a passed ball and tallied on Cadlwell's base hit.
FA added an unearned run in the seventh on a pair of two-out errors and two walks before Rainbolt got himself out of the inning with a game-ending punchout.
Mason Rogers pitched 4.1 innings for the win, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out seven and walking zero. Rainbolt took the hill for the final 2.2 innings, allowing a run on one hit with four strikeouts and four walks.
Caldwell was the Spartans' offensive catalyst with four singles and a walk in five plate appearances. Crockett and Farrar doubled and singled, Rainbolt collected two singles, with base hits off the bats of Riles, Ouellette, Murphy and Edmonds.
FA received a double and a single from Williams and singles from Noah Madden, Gwin, Newman, Hunter Dear-Long and Whittington.
Dear-Long, the first of four Cougars' pitchers, absorbed the loss on the bump.