High School Baseball Roundup: Franklin Rallies from Nine Down to Beat Hickory

| April 30, 2016

Friday’s high school baseball recaps.

FRANKLIN 16, HICKORY 13

FRANKLIN, Pa. – Franklin overcame a nine-run deficit by scoring 16 runs in its final four at bats to beat visiting Hickory, 16-13.

The Knights were down 9-0 after 2 ½ innings but started to climb back into the game with a four-run third and were down only two, 9-7, after four.

Hickory appeared to stop the bleeding with a four-run fifth to make it 13-7, but Franklin answered with five in the bottom of the inning to get within a run, 13-12. The Knights then scored four more times in the sixth to take the lead.

Connor Rakow led Franklin’s charge with five RBIs. He was 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. Alex Huff added three hits, including a double, while driving in a run and scoring three times, and Andy Irwin was 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Mike YaSenka and Nate Emerson each added two-hit days with YaSenka going 2-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and two RBIs, and Emerson finishing 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored. Noah Cowles also scored twice and drove in one.

Rakow, the fourth pitcher of the day for the Knights got the win. He went two scoreless innings allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three.

KARNS CITY 10, KEYSTONE 8

BUTLER, Pa. – Marcus Lantz drove in five runs to lead Karns City to a 10-8 win over Keystone at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler.

Lantz was 2-for-4 in the game, while Cullen Williams was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Holden Martin and Evan Stitt also each scored two runs.

Jimmy Thompson got the win in relief going five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three while helping the Gremlins rally from a 6-2 deficit after three innings .

Keystone, which scored six runs in the third, got a pair of RBIs from Brooks LaVan, who was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Nate Wingard also drove in two runs.

MONITEAU 2, A-C VALLEY 0

BUTLER, Pa. – Aaron Marterella out dueled Tommy Amsler leading Moniteau to a 2-0 win over A-C Valley at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler.

Marterella threw a three-hit shutout without walking a batter. He struck out seven in getting the victory.

Amsler was nearly as good also allowing just three hits while walking two and striking out six. Only one of the runs against him was earned.

Jake Jewart had both RBIs for Moniteau going 1-for-2 with a walk. Derek Boben was 1-for-3 with a double, while JJ Waid and Hunter Fitzingon scored the Warriors runs.


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