Blake Pickett

Franklin County's Blake Pickett inches off of second base during a game Wednesday against Coffee County Central High School. Pickett had two hits, an RBI and a run scored in the 7-5 loss.

  

The Franklin County Rebels lost to the Coffee County Central Red Raiders 7-5 at home Wednesday for their 13th loss of the season.

The Rebels fell behind early in the high-scoring contest and a late rally came up a few runs short.

Franklin County head baseball coach Michael Carter said that his players swung the bats better than they have in recent weeks, but they were just outhit by the Red Raiders.

“We just didn’t get a big hit tonight. We barreled some balls up there with guys on base and (hit it) just right at guys,” Carter said. “We didn’t catch a break there. We also need to make some breaks for ourselves.”

The Red Raiders scored a run on a groundout in the top of the opening inning for the first score of the day.

The Rebels responded quickly with Kal Rigsby getting an RBI on a sacrifice fly and Hayden Curl adding an RBI single to make it 2-1 in the bottom of the first.

However, the Red Raiders scored three runs in the bottom of the second to retake the lead. All three of the Coffee County runs in the second inning came with two outs in the frame.

The Rebels got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth when Blake Pickett reached base on an RBI infield single.

The Red Raiders added another two runs in the following inning to bring the deficit up to three late in the contest. The Red Raiders got one more run in the top of the seventh on an error to make it 7-3.

The Rebels made a late push in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single from Gage Relford and an RBI groundout from Tate Wallace cutting the deficit down to 7-5.

However, the Rebels were not able to score again as they took the loss by two.

With the loss, the Rebels moved to 14-13 on the season and 5-5 in district play.

They will next play Saturday at Oakland High School. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.