The Franklin County Seahawks, under the direction of coach Kevin Cox, closed out the regular season at 18-5, winning two of their last three games.
The week began Monday, April 25 with a 10-4 away game win over the 11-7 St. John Paul II Panthers, as the Seahawks struck for two runs in the top of the first and lead the rest of the way.
They tacked on an explosive five-run fifth inning, and after ceding three runs in the bottom of that inning, added two more in the sixth and one in the seventh for the win.
Sophomore Cody Abercombrie and junior Dane Mallon combined to twirl a six-hitter. Abercrombie, the starter, gave up all four runs on six hits, striking out 10 and walking two. In two innings of relief, Mallon struck out five of the six batters he faced, and gave up no run boots or runs.
Abercrombie also had a great night at the plate, going 2 for 4 while driving in three runs, the same numbers posted by senior Larry Winchester. Senior Blakely Curry drove in two runs, and had a hit. Senior Wil Varnes went 2 for 4 and drove in a run, while junior Case Crum went 3 for 4 and scored three runs. Junior Evan Stanley and senior Garrison Cook each went 1 for 4.
Senior Gage Boone scored two runs, and junior Wyatt Abercrombie went 1 for 3 and scored a run.
At home the next night, the Seahawks had a rougher night, as they fell 13-1 to the 17-6 Florida High Seminoles.
The Seahawks were held to just three hits, and Curry scored the team’s lone run in the bottom of the fifth, driven in by Crum, who went 1 for 3, as did Stanley. Cook went 1 for 2.
Cook and Boone gave up seven and five hits, respectively, as Cook hurled the first four innings and Boone the last two. Each walked two, while Cook struck out two and Boone three.
On Thursday at home, the Seahawks shut out Rutherford 3-0.
On Tuesday, May 3, the team began the post-season at Bozeman with a match-up against Port St. Joe.
Crum is leading the team in batting average, hitting .400. Followed by Stanley at .394, Varnes at .381, Cody Abercrombie at .365, Winchester at .344 and Boone at .327.
Curry and Stanley have each driven in 19 runs to lead the team, just ahead of Boone’s 17 and Abercombie’s 16.
Abercrombie leads the team with a 0.64 earned run average, just ahead of Mallon’s 0.69 and Crum’s 0.72. Abercrombie has struck out 59 batters, while Boone has fanned 54 and Mallon 44.