MIDLOTHIAN – James River-Midlothian used a seven-run fourth-inning rally to bring an end to Franklin County’s baseball season, 11-4, in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 Region B tournament.
The Eagles (14-7) end their season with back-to-back losses and three setbacks in their last four games.
FCHS started the season 6-0, was 8-1 through nine games, 9-2 through 11 games, 10-3 through 13 games and 12-4 through 16 games.
Ten seniors, many of who were in their third varsity campaigns, saw their high-school careers come to an end with the loss.
James River-Midlothian advances to the tournament semifinals with the win.
Also advancing are seed Nos. 4 (Colonial Forge), 7 (Riverbend) and 8 (Clover Hill).
This marks the second year in row that the No. 8 seed in the eight-team, single-elimination tournament has advanced to the semifinals. A year ago, FCHS was the No. 8 seed.
Tuesday’s semifinal-round winners move on to Thursday’s finals and earn berths in the Class 6 state tournament.
Playing only its second Class 6 opponent this season, FCHS led 2-0 and 2-1 and trailed 4-2 and 4-3 before absorbing the Rapids’ seven-run haymaker.
The Eagles scored their final run in the top of the seventh.
James River-Midlothian outhit FCHS, 12-8, and benefited from four Eagles’ errors, while committing just one defensive miscue.
Seven players accounted for the Rapids’ hits, four of whom collected multiphe hits: one with three and three others each with two.
James River-Midlothian belted five extra-base hits: four doubles and a home run.
FCHS batters faced two James River-Midlothian pitchers and struck out 10 times.
Cameron Mullins, the Eagles’ starting pitcher, was charged with the loss. He surrendered eight hits and five runs in three innings of work. He struck out one and walked one.
Mullins threw 63 pitches, 36 of which were strikes, to 18 batters.
Will Turner worked three innings of relief and allowed four hits, two walks and six runs, three of which were earned. He struck out four.
Turner threw 63 pitches, 39 of which were strikes, to 16 batters.
Colton Kent belted a two-run home run in the first inning and Michael Williams smacked a double; those were the Eagles’ only extra-base hits.
Williams and Grayson Chitwood each had two hits, while Mullins, Kent, Easton Forbes and Hunter Cannaday each had one.
Mullins also drove in two runs, Cannaday had a sacrifice and Williams stole a base.
Cannaday, Chitwood, Mullins and Luke Pasley each committed an error.
FCHS stranded six runners on base, while James River-Midlothian left five runners aboard.