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|Eagles capture Battle of the Bases crown|
Franklin County sophomore catcher Mackenzie Chitwood (12) is mobbed by her teammates as she touches home plate after belting a two-run home run with one out in the last of the third inning of the Eagles’ 9-1 victory over Mountain View Saturday in the fourth annual Battle of the Bases softball showcase at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School softball complex. Chitwood, who earned honorable mention All-Group AAA accolades as a freshman, hit two solo home runs in a 6-0 Eagles’ victory over Northwest Region foe C.D. Hylton later on Saturday. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
Monday, March 18, 2013
For the first time in event's four-year history, Franklin County's varsity softball team has captured the championship of the annual Battle of the Bases showcase.
In claiming the crown of the eight-team event, the Eagles (4-2), who lost their first two games of the 2013 season, defeated Group AAA Northwest Region rivals Colonial Forge, Stafford, Mountain View and C.D. Hylton in consecutive days Friday and Saturday at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School softball complex.
FCHS and Group AA Jefferson Forest each finished 4-0, but the Eagles surrendered fewer runs than the Cavaliers (four versus seven).
With FCHS's 11-1 rout of Colonial Forge in its first game Friday, the Eagles avenge last year's 5-3 setback in the first round of the Northwest Regionals.
Later Friday, the Eagles bested Stafford, 6-2.
On Saturday, FCHS defeated Mountain View, 9-1, and blanked Hylton, 3-0.
Sophomore catcher Mackenzie Chitwood belted a two-run home run in the triumph over Mountain View and a pair of solo shots in the victory over Hylton.
Also, Ashley Keith hit a home run in the win over Hylton.
In the win over Colonial Forge, Hali Saul collected four hits, drove in a run and was the winning pitcher.
Against Stafford, Chitwood and Becky France each had a double.
Saul was the winning pitcher in the Stafford and Hylton games. She struck out a combined 10 hitters in the wins over Colonial Forge and Stafford.
Against Mountain View Kameron Cundiff, making her first varsity start, tossed a complete-game three-hitter.
FCHS returns to action against Salem Wednesday. Game time is 5 p.m. at the James I Moyer Sports Complex.