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Franklin Central rallies past Columbus North in softball
April 23, 2014Columbus North High School
INDIANAPOLIS -- Host Franklin Central rallied for four runs in the fifth inning Tuesday (April 22) to pull out a 6-4 softball victory over Columbus North.
Trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Class 4A No. 6 Flashes converted a walk to senior Rachel Johnson plus singles by sophomore Elena Horen, sophomore Taylor Wilson, senior Tori Luster and sophomore Raegan Sparks into a decisive rally in the Conference Indiana contest.
Sophomore Mackenzie Harris came on relief to pick up the victory in the circle as Franklin Central improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Senior Denisa Brooks went 3-for-4 and classmate Grayson Harney was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple for Columbus North (5-5, 1-1). Senior Shannah Hercamp added a double, while sophomores Katie Prall, Christine Bombardiere and Tommi Stowers each had a single.
Brooks singled and scored an unearned run in the first inning, and the Bull Dogs made it 2-0 in the top of the second when Harney doubled and Brooks singled her home.
Sparks cut FC's deficit in half with a solo home run in the bottom of the second, but CN extended its lead to 4-1 in the third when Hercamp ripped a two-RBI double.
The Flashes made it 4-2 in the fourth when Wilson doubled and ultimately scored an unearned run, setting the stage for their fifth-inning burst.
In the JV game, Franklin Central prevailed 22-0. Junior Alex Luse notched two hits while junior Allie Carr and sophomore Valeria Guerrero each had one hit for the Bull Dogs (4-5).
Columbus North returns to action at 6 p.m. Wednesday (April 23) when it visits East Central. The Bull Dogs compete Saturday (April 26) in the Center Grove Invitational against 4A No. 12 Greenwood, 4A No. 4 Roncalli and host Center Grove.
At Franklin Central
Columbus North ........ 112 000 0 -- 4 9 1
Franklin Central .......... 010 140 x -- 6 7 1
WP: Mackenzie Harris (2-0). LP: Christine Bombardiere (1-1).
2B: Shannah Hercamp (CN), Grayson Harney (CN), Taylor Wilson (FC).
3B: Grayson Harney (CN).
HR: Raegan Sparks (FC).