A pair of shutouts last week helped raise the Franklin County Seahawks varsity baseball team to a record of 12-3.
And to top it off, Friday night’s home crowd had a chance to celebrate the five seniors who are helping to propel the team to a stellar season under coach Kevin Cox.
Flanked by their parents, and graced with flowers and special; plaques, the five seniors – Garrison Cook, Blakely Curry, Gage Boone, Wil Varnes and Larry Winchester – were announced prior to the Vernon game Friday night, as part of Senior Night festivities.
Boone on Monday had earned a three-hit shutout Monday at Rutherford, as the Seahawks topped the Rams 10-0.
Franklin County got on the board in the top of the first inning when junior Chase Crum doubled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run.
Already ahead by five, with singles runs in the fourth and fifth, and two in the sixth, the Seahawks scored five runs in the seventh inning. Batters contributing to the big inning included junior Mason Moses, sophomore Cody Abercrombie and Cook, each sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
The righthander Boone raised his record to 3-1, and lowered his earned run average to 2.89 as he surrendered zero runs over seven innings, striking out nine. He leads the team with 42 strikeouts.
The Seahawks racked up 11 hits, as junior Evan Stanley, Crum, Abercrombie, and Cook all had multiple hits for Franklin County Seahawks.
Against Vernon Friday, the two Seahawks pitchers, starter Cook and reliever Alex Sterling, no-hit the Yellow Jackets 15-0.
Alex Sterling struck out Griffin Barnard to get the last out of the game.
The Seahawks got things moving in the first inning with two runs, one plated on an error.
But they kicked it up a notch in the bottom of the second, with five runs, kept it boiling with three more in the third, and topped it off with five runs in the fourth and final inning.
Franklin County Seahawks big bats were led by Winchester, who drove in two runs; sophomore Brayden McCall, who drove in a run; junior Dane Mallon, who drove in a run; Curry, who drove in two runs; and Cook, who had one hit and drove in two runs; Boone, who had three hits and two runs batted in; and Stanley, who had two hits and drove in a run.
Cook took the win in three innings of work, striking out eight and walking one. Sterling struck out one and walked oine in his one inning of work.
The Seahawks had eight hits in the game. Moses led the Seahawks with two stolen bases, as the team ran wild on the base paths with six stolen bases.