Hits come early and often for Franklinton

Published 9:27 am Friday, June 13, 2014

Franklinton’s bats were on fire throughout the lineup Wednesday, as the Demons pounded out 23 hits in a 17-12 victory over Thomas Pump (Slidell High based) in Northshore Summer Baseball League action.

Thirteen players recorded at least one hit for FHS (3-0-1) and the team finished with 15 RBIs. Ten of Franklinton’s hits occurred with two outs.

The teams combined for 29 runs on 34 hits.

Trevor Jenkins and Morgan Angelo, who were in the top two spots of the order respectively, provided a strong 1-2 punch for the Demons at the top of the lineup.

The two combined to go 7-for-9 with four runs batted in.

Jenkins finished 3-for-5 with a run batted in, three runs scored and was hit by a pitch. Angelo was 4-for-4 with a walk and he tallied four times.

“It makes it pretty easy as a coach to coach aggressively because you know you’re not going to be few and far between with baserunners when those guys are getting on at the rate they’re getting on,” FHS coach Nate Murray said. “The kids want to play in an aggressive nature. They want to be aggressive on the bases and they want to be aggressive at the plate.”

Franklinton led 6-2 after three, but Thomas Pump responded by scoring two in the third and then added five in the fifth to take its first lead at 9-7.

But the sign of a good team is responding from a tough inning. The Demons did and did so in a huge way.

Franklinton scored 10 runs in the sixth inning to take control of the game.

Jenkins opened the frame with a single to right, finding the hole between the first-and-second basemen. Angelo then dropped a bunt down third and beat out the throw C.J. Estave, who was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, attempted to move the runners up, but did more than that when his bunt was bobbled by the pitcher to load the bases.

After Estave’s bunt, the inning’s scoring began and didn’t let up.

“It was like somebody flipped the switch for us. We turned it up another level and just took off with it,” Angelo said.

Johnathan Crain, who had two hits in three at bats, drew an RBI walk to make it 9-8, as Jenkins scored. Landon Magee, who was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in, then tied the game 9-9 when his blooper over first landed safely in right field with Angelo tallying.

After the first out, Colin Dominguez, who had a single earlier, was hit with the bases loaded for an RBI, putting FHS in front 10-9.

Trevor Davis reached on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop, as Dominguez beat the throw to second with Crain scoring the 11th run. Logan Jordan, who posted two hits, coaxed a base on balls. Cameron Dominguez, who reached on a fielder’s choice force out at home, crossed the plate and it was 12-9. Mack McElveen legged out an RBI infield single in his only at bat with Colin Dominguez scoring to extend the margin to four. Jenkins tallied his second hit of the frame with an RBI single, plating Davis to make it 14-9.

Angelo continued the inning by hitting a two-run double to right field. Jordan and McElveen came around to score and Crain capped the 10-run rally with an infield single to shortstop, plating Jenkins.

The Demons had answered Thomas Pump’s five-run inning with 10 of their own and led 17-9 through six.

“It really speaks volumes about the team and how we can bond together and come together and score runs like that,” Jenkins said. “It’s all due to coaching and repetition at practice and stuff. It’s not just us coming out here and playing ball. There’s more to it, behind the scenes stuff like taking cuts in the cage, coach always being on us about our swing, staying through the ball, small ball, bunting and moving runners up.”

After FHS went scoreless in the seventh, Thomas Pump tallied three runs in the seventh to get the game a little closer, but the 17-9 lead was never in jeopardy as Franklinton captured the 17-12 win.

Davis finished with a two hits and an RBI, while J.J. Jackson, Jamarian Crain and Austin Miller had a hit each and Cameron Dominguez drove in a run.

Franklinton’s home game against St. Paul’s ended in a 4-4 tie.

Josh Magee singled and walked, while Landon Magee and Estave walked.

Angelo singled and doubled. Johnathan Crain singled, while McElveen doubled. Jenkins singled twice and walked. Cameron Dominguez doubled and walked and Justin Alford walked.