Tunstall scored the game’s first seven runs and the Trojans ended it by rallying for five more for a 12-7 Piedmont District varsity softball triumph over Franklin County at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Softball Complex.
The Trojans, who defeated the Eagles for the second time this season, led from wire-to-wire. They manufactured one run in the second inning, three runs each in the third and fourth frames, two in the sixth and three in the seventh.
FCHS (4-4 in the Piedmont District, 6-7 overall) tallied its first run in the first inning before scoring twice in the sixth and four times in the seventh.
Tunstall outhit FCHS, 14-9, and benefited from three Eagles’ errors, while committing two defensive blunders.
Katelyn Craghead collected three hits in three plate appearances with two doubles.
Karle Cundiff belted a home run and drove in three runs, while Baylee Greer recorded a hit and plated three runs.
Also with hits were Logan Pasley, Sierra Johnson, Courtney Bryant and Rachel Barnhart.
Of Tunstall’s 14 hits, two were doubles and one was a home run.
Presley Washburn started inside the pitching circle for the Eagles and was charged with the loss.
Washburn lasted 2 2/3 innings. She yielded six hits, two walks and four runs, two of which were earned. She struck out one.
Greer worked 4 1/3 innings of relief and permitted eight hits, three walks and eight runs, all of which were earned. She struck out one.
FCHS plays back-to-back home games this weekend.
Today, the Eagles host Piedmont District rival Halifax County. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, FCHS entertains William Byrd in a non-league contest at 3 p.m.
CIRCLING THE BASES: Karle Cundiff belted a two-run home run and Courtney Bryant smacked a solo shot Wednesday to account for the Eagles’ runs in a 9-3 non-district loss to William Byrd (8-3) in Vinton.
Lexi Powell paced the Terriers with three hits and an RBI, while Sydney Burton and Erin Cortemanche each collected two hits.