Published 6:01 am Friday, March 29, 2013


continues winning

Franklinton’s Demons made it 12 straight wins Tuesday, needing just five innings to beat Hammond 12-1 in a district road game.

It was the second-straight game Franklinton has won by the 10-run rule. They outscored the two opponents by a combined 32-5.

The Demons’ last loss was 2-1 against Ponchatoula on a walk-off homer in the Gateway Ford Classic, hosted by Ponchatoula Feb. 28.

The countdown to coach Jeff Tageant’s 400th-career win continued. He stood at 397 victories at press time. If Franklinton continues its winning ways, Tageant would go for No. 400 when the Demons take to the road to face Pearl River Thursday.

Franklinton led 2-1 after the first inning but took control with seven runs in the second. Morgan Angelo came up with the bases loaded and hit a two-run single to center, but the ball went through the fielder’s legs and everybody came around the tally.

Tanner Jenkins went 3-for-3. Kevin Simmons recorded an RBI double. Johnathan Crain went 1-for-2 with an RBI and got hit twice. Josh Magee, Austin Armand and Jared Varnado all tallied one hit.

Winning pitcher Will McCullough turned in a solid performance. McCullough threw the first four innings, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Angelo pitched the fifth, striking out the side with a walk and a hit batsman.

Franklinton (13-5) was 4-0 in district at press time.

Bogalusa comes up short

Bogalusa’s Lumberjacks suffered a 5-4 setback to Independence at home Tuesday.

Independence took a 2-0 lead through one inning and had a 5-2 advantage after five. Bogalusa put up a run in the sixth and seventh to close the gap, but the Lumberjacks could not pull off the victory.

Despite the loss, pitcher Ashed Levi was tough on the mound, going the distance and allowing just two earned runs with just two hits and six strikeouts. At the plate, he recorded a hit and a run batted in.

Fred Brooks and Eli Hatcher singled and recorded an RBI for the Lumberjacks. Vinson Mixon also posted a hit for Bogalusa.

Ben’s Ford gets lopsided victory

Ben’s Ford captured its fourth straight victory, blanking Lamar, 15-0, in just three innings Tuesday.

Ben’s Ford (8-5), which was 5-0 in District 8-5A play at press time, had been putting up runs in bunches, outscoring its opponents 62-6 during the winning streak.

The Eagles led 3-0 after the first inning before scoring 10 second-inning runs to go up 13-0.

They added two more in the third with Cole Edwards driving in the final run, as the game was called with two outs.

Edwards also recorded two hits. On the mound, Edwards was the winning pitcher, throwing the three innings and allowing one hit with two strikeouts. He was just one over the minimum.

Destin Pittman went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in, and he scored three times.

Brian Hines finished with two hits and four RBIs. Josh Crain and Shelby Culpepper both posted a hit and drove in two. Jordan Thomas, Daniel Pittman and Cody Stewart all logged one hit with an RBI.