MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Franklin County’s Eagles got their first opportunity to face a Class 6 opponent on the diamond this season
The result was not to their liking.
Class 6 Battlefield scored three runs in the top of the third and seven more in its half of the fifth for a 10-0 triumph in the Mingo Bay Classic.
The contest was stopped after five innings because of the run rule.
FCHS (8-2) saw a two-game winning streak stopped with its first shut-out loss of the season.
Battlefield outhit FCHS, 9-5, and played error-free defense, while the Eagles committed the game’s lone error.
FCHS will not play another Class 6 club until it enters the Region B tournament next month. Upon its return from this tournament, FCHS faces Piedmont District heavyweights Tunstall and Halifax County in a pair of home games.
Both FCHS and Battlefield, which are in different regions, would have to qualify for the state tournament for there to be a possible rematch.
Zach Agnos turned in a complete-game performance on the mound for Battlefield. His five-hit shutout featured seven strikeouts and he only walked one batter. He threw 81 pitches, 57 for strikes and induced three ground outs and five fly outs.
FCHS sent only 21 batters to the play in the abbreviated contest.
Will Turner, a senior righthander for FCHS, suffered his first loss of the season. He permitted seven hits and seven runs in four innings of work. He hit two batters.
Turner left the game after throwing 81 pitches.
The Eagles employed Riley Hill and Davis Ferguson in relief.
Hill, a freshman who sees action for the varsity and junior varsity clubs, surrendered one hit, a walk and three runs. He faced three batters and threw 15 pitches. He hit a batter and was charged with a wild pitch.
Ferguson threw 19 pitches to five batters. He allowed a hit, a walk and struck out one.
Carter Cunningham, Peter Benavides (double) and Adam Kuzmicki (double) each collected two hits to pace Battlefield, while Agnos, Jamie Garrison and Jacob Lawler (double) each recorded one.
Cunningham, Benavides and Kuzmicki each drove in two runs.
Tyler Klus has a sacrifice and Cunningham stole a base.
Grayson Chitwood registered two hits for the Eagles, while Michael Williams, Dawson Cooper and Brayden Merrick (double) each had one.
Battlefield left seven runners on base, while FCHS stranded six.