Franklinton softball defeated in the playoffs

Published 12:32 pm Friday, May 6, 2022

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Franklinton was defeated by Cecilia, 11-3, in the bi-district round of the Class 4A state playoffs on the road on April 18.

Isabella Causey hit a home run, drove in three runs and scored a run in a two-hit day.

Caylin Turnage singled and scored a run.

Skylar Branch, Ashley Smith and Shayanne Burris all had a hit.

K.K. Schexnider scored a run.

Franklinton had four senior players this year that included Kaleigh Provost, Schexnider, Smith and Causey.

Franklinton coach Leslie McGhee talked about each one of them.

“Kaleigh is a four year member of the Lady Demons,” McGhee said. “Kaleigh is one of my seniors that was very committed to her team and always showed up to do what she could to support her teammates. Her dedication to this team the last four years is outstanding.”

McGhee spoke about Schexnider.

“’KKay,’ as we like to call her, has been a proven leader and athlete for our team. Her dedication and hardwork makes her who she is today,” McGhee said.

McGhee said that Smith played at different positions.

“She is one of the toughest human beings I have ever known,” McGhee said. “She has been moved from her position in her four years here and was always willing to learn the new position, with no questions asked. She definitely has a bright future if she continues with her outstanding work ethics.”

McGhee said that Causey is the most improved player of the years in the last four years.

“Her dedication to get better in the offeason has been impeccable. Her hardwork throughout the four years has not gone unnoticed,” McGhee said.

McGhee also wanted to recognize her five senior managers in Ashlynn Luper, Madison Kemp, Dunyla Anders, Carli Smith and Ariah Murray.

“Without them behind the scenes, there would be no concession, no pressbox and no scoreboard. Thank you for your dedication to the team and making everything run smoothly,” McGhee said.

No. 25 Franklinton went 7-20 this year.

Eighth-seeded Cecilia (14-16) reached the quarterfinals before being defeated by eventual state champion and top seeded North Desoto (34-5), 11-1.