Photo by STEVEN MARSH Franklin County’s Jake Pendleton (No. 6) touches home plate as Halifax County’s catcher dives back to the dish in an attempt to make a tag.
By From STAFF REPORTS
At W.W. Naff Jr. Field Friday, not as great adventure, but a slugfest took place between rivals Halifax County and Franklin County.
The two teams combined for 26 hits, 26 runs and and five errors and the marathon, seven-inning contest featured six, multiple-run frames – three by each team.
In the end, the Eagles (10-1) were four runs better, 15-11.
With the win, Franklin County avenges its lone defeat this season.
There were four lead changes in the first four frames – two by each team.
The Comets crafted the initial lead, 4-0, courtesy of a four-run second frame, a rally that was trumped by the Eagles’ five-run third.
Trailing 5-4, Halifax captured its last lead by tallying four runs in the fourth. Franklin County, however, answered by manufacturing seven runs in the bottom of the frame.
Trailing 12-8, the Comets were able to close the gap to one run, 12-11, after a two-run fifth and a one-run rally in the sixth.
The Eagles secured the victory with a three-run sixth.
Riley Hill paced the Eagles with four hits – all singles – in five plated appearances.
One of five Franklin County players to collected multiple hits, Hill scored three runs, drove in two and stole a base.
Hill started on the mound and also saw action at second and third base.
Franklin County’s five-run third was highlighted by Brayden Walmsley’s grand-slam home run. He was 2 of 2 with five RBIs and walked three times.
In the Eagles’ seven-run fourth, Jake Pendleton drove in two runs when he pounded a first-pitch offering for a double and Eli Davis plated a run with a first-pitch single.
Also in the frame, Joseph Bennett and Luke Pasley each drew a bases-loaded walk and Hill notched a single on 2-1 pitch to bring two runners home.
On the mound, Hill worked 3 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, three walks and six runs, four of which were earned, while striking out two. He threw 73 pitches, 43 of which were strikes, to 20 batters. He hit a batter and was charged with a wild pitch.
Pasley claimed the victory. He permitted six hits and five runs, one of which was earned, in 2 2/3 innings of work. Pasley threw 47 pitches, 30 of which were strikes, to 16 batters.
John Michael Holley closed the game in the seventh. He threw 20 pitches, 12 of which were strikes, to 20 batters. He struck out two and walked one.
The trio combined to retire four batters by ground out and 12 by flyout.
Jaxon Lloyd started for the Comets and surrendered five runs and six hits, while striking out seven in three innings. He threw 80 pitches, 47 for strikes, to 18 batters. He was charged with a wild pitch.
But reliever Evan Clark was tagged with the loss. In 2/3 of an inning, he yielded seven runs on five hits, while striking out two.
Clark threw 43 pitch, 19 of which were strikes, to 11 batters. He was charged with a wild pitch.
Halifax’s pitching trio combined to retire two batters on ground outs and four on fly outs.
Leo Noblin worked 2 1/3 innings of relief and allowed four hits and three runs, none of which were earned. He struck out two and walked three.
Noblin threw 54 pitches, 29 of which were strikes, to 14 batters.
Noblin paced the Comets with three hits, including a triple, and Jackson Newton, who drove in three runs, registered two hits.
Also with hits were Kyle Barker (double, RBI), Lloyd (two RBIs), Gavin Colwell (double, RBI), Kamron Tuberville, Anthony Conner (RBI) and Shea Carey (RBI).
Barker had a sacrifice, Lloyd had a sacrifice fly and Carey and Colwell each stole a base.
Pendleton finished with three hits, including his double, and two RBIs.
Jared Wright belted two doubles and drove in a run and Pasley hit a double and stole a base and Davis collected two hits.
Also with hits were Holley and Walmsley.
Franklin County left 10 runners on base, while Halifax stranded eight.