Lancers withstand Eagles' seventh-inning rally, win 6-4

Franklin County senior right-hander Presley Washburn prepares to release a pitch during a starting assignment against Patrick County in the quarterfinals of the Piedmont District softball tournament. Washburn was charged with the loss in the Eagles’ 6-4 setback to Manchester in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 Region B tournament Thursday. She finished the season with a 5-8 record and was 19-18 with two saves during a three-year varsity career.

MIDLOTHIAN — Manchester jumped out to a four-run lead after three innings, then withstood a two-run rally by Franklin County in the top of the seventh as the Lancers edged the Eagles 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 Region B softball tournament.

With the win, Manchester moves into Tuesday’s semifinals.

The loss, its second in a row, ends FCHS’s season.

The Eagles (11-13) played 10 games this season that were decided by two runs or fewer and they were 4-6 in those games.

FCHS led 1-0 after half-an-inning of play.

Manchester rallied to tie the score in its half of the first, then the Lancers built a 5-1 lead after manufacturing three runs in the second inning and one in the third.

The Eagles scored once in the top of the fourth, but the Lancers matched that run in the bottom of the fifth.

FCHS outhit Manchester, 10-7, but the Eagles committed two errors to the Lancers’ one.

Senior right-hander Presley Washburn was charged with the loss despite a complete-game showing inside the pitching circle.

Of the seven hits Washburn yielded, five were singles and two were home runs. Also, she permitted three walks and six runs, five of which were earned, while striking out two.

Karle Cundiff paced the Eagles with two hits, while Washburn, Logan Pasely (double), Alex Prillaman (home run), Breanna Weaver, Sierra Johnson, Courtney Bryant, Katelyn Craghead and Rachel Barnhart each had one.

FCHS belted 21 home runs this season: eight each by Bryant and Cundiff, two by Washburn and one each by Prillaman, Laken Adkins and Katelyn Craghead.

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