Franklin County’s junior varsity baseball team concluded its 2019 campaign Friday with a pair of Piedmont District victories: 9-0 over Bassett and 10-9 over Magna Vista at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.
The Eagles (7-1 in the Piedmont District, 13-3 overall) end their season, their first under the guidance of head coach Brandon Barbour and their last in the Piedmont District — next spring FCHS moves to the Blue Ridge District — with a three-game winning streak.
Two, five-inning games were played.
FCHS saw a streak of 10 shut-out innings end in the second frame of the victory over Magna Vista.
The Eagles swept the Bengals and the Warriors this season, earning one win from each by shutout.
In the triumph over Bassett, FCHS starter Mason Sheesley tossed a one-hit shutout.
Sheesley’s complete-game effort was supported by a pair of multiple-run rallies, nine hits, error-free defense and a double play.
Sheesley struck out nine and walked three. He surrendered Bassett’s lone hit with one out in the top of the second inning.
Bassett committed three errors.
The Eagles manufactured three runs in the bottom of the first. The key hit was an RBI single by John Michael Holley.
In the third, FCHS tallied six runs.
Base hits by Jared Wright, Ethan Davis, Luke Pasley and Riley Hill and a triple by Brayden Walmsley were the featured hits.
Holley (double), Walmsley (double, triple) and Hill each collected two hits to pace the Eagles, while Pasley, Wright and Davis each had one.
Bassett used two pitchers.
In the second game, FCHS led 6-0 after the first inning, 6-1 after the second frame and 7-4 after the third stanza.
Magna Vista erased those deficits courtesy of a five-run fourth that produced a 9-7 lead.
FCHS countered with a three-run fourth, then held the Warriors at bay in the top of the fifth.
The Eagles outhit the Warriors, 11-9, and each team committed three errors.
Walmsley, the last of four pitchers employed by the Eagles, struck out the side in order in the top of the fifth to earn the save.
Ethan Davis, who worked 1/3 of an inning, was the winner. He faced three batters and yielded a hit, a walk and an unearned run.
Joseph Bennett started for FCHS and worked two innings. He allowed a hit, a walk and a run, which was earned.
Colby McGhee threw 1 2/3 innings of relief and permitted seven hits, a walk and seven runs, five of which were earned, while striking out one.
Magna Vista employed two pitchers.
Seven players accounted for Magna Vista’s nine hits.
Pasley gave the Eagles their initial lead when he belted a solo home run in the bottom of the first.
Hill (double) led the Eagles with three hits, while Isaiah Ayers collected two and Pasley, Wright, Holley (double), Grayson Montgomery (double), Hayden Firebaugh (triple) and Sheesley each registered one.