Franklinton pounds out 12 hits in league victory over Lakeshore

Published 7:00 am Friday, April 8, 2016

MANDEVILLE — Franklinton had everything working Tuesday in a 9-3 victory over Lakeshore in District 8-4A play on the road.

The Demons’ offense pounded out 12 hits and Mack McElveen threw a complete game on the mound.

McElveen allowed three runs — all in the seventh inning — on five hits with six strikeouts, a walk and two hit batters.

Franklinton’s No. 2-6 hitters in the lineup came up big all game. They combined to go 11-for-18 (.611) with seven RBIs and seven runs scored.

“After Tuesday, we took off all week, sort of let them rejuvenate a little bit,” Franklinton coach Jeff Tageant said. “We came yesterday and we got in the (batting cages and every kid got 15 T-swings, 15 soft-toss swings, 15 front-toss swings and we worked a little oppo batting practice and then we hit straight on and then we got on the field and it seemed to work today.”

“The thing is confidence. We started hitting with a little confidence and with our pitching, we could be a pretty good club,” Tageant said.

Defensively, the team made one solid play after another and committed just one error.

“With Mack McElveen on the mound, we did real good behind him,” Franklinton shortstop Collin Dominguez said. “We swung the bats really well. He threw well. We just put runs up and got a lot of people on base.”

Dominguez went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Franklinton broke a scoreless game in the third with three runs. J.J. Jackson reached on an error before Jamarian Crain put down a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. Wyatt Verret, who recorded two hits and scored two runs, singled to put runners on the corners. C.J. Estave, who was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, sent Jackson home with the game’s first run on a single to centerfield.

McElveen, who reached base in all four-plate appearances and finished with three hits and two RBIs, was hit to fill the bases. Dominguez stepped up and made it 3-0 with a two-run single to center. Verret and courtesy runner Jared Jenkins came around to score.

“He threw me a meaty fastball and I drove it the other way,” Dominguez said. “I scored one. The kid overthrew the cutoff man, saw it, the other run scored and then I just got to second base.”

After a scoreless fourth, the Demons got things rolling again in the fifth. Verret and Estave singled to right center and Estave alertly moved to second on the throw to third. Verret beat the throw at third, putting runners at second-and-third with nobody out. McElveen blooped an RBI single to right over a drawn-in infield, plating Verret. Jenkins tried to score, but was out on a nice throw from Lakeshore right fielder Brandt Christoffer to catcher Jacob Singletary.

Dominguez reached on an error and then Zack Bell, who posted a hit, a walk and was hit by a pitch, sent courtesy runner Austin Miller home with an RBI single to make it 5-0.

The Demons upped the lead to 9-0 with a four-run seventh. Verret began the frame by reaching on an error. Estave put a ball in the left centerfield gap. Verret scored from first base to make it 6-0. McElveen then sent an RBI single to right that plated Jenkins for a 7-0 lead. Dominguez reached on an infield single to deep shortstop and Bell was hit to fill the bases. Pinch hitter Ty McGhee picked up an RBI after lifting a sacrifice fly to center that sent Miller to the plate and the final run scored on an RBI groundout by Hunter Maxwell.

Franklinton evens its overall record at 8-8. The Demons are 1-2 in district play.