The Franklin County baseball Rebels lost to the Lincoln County Falcons 15-5 at home Wednesday for their 20th loss of the season.
The Falcons scored multiple runs in every inning as the Rebels were not able to keep up in the blowout loss.
Franklin County head baseball coach Mike Crossland said his team made too many mistakes to compete with a talented team like Lincoln County.
“You walk people from the mound, you kick the ball around defensively and you give a team big innings,” Crossland said. “(Lincoln County) is probably the best offensive club we’ve faced, and we just didn’t make pitches tonight when we needed to make them.”
The Falcons put up four runs in the top of the first inning with the early scoring being capped off by a two-run home run. They added another two runs in the second inning and three runs in the third to make it a 9-0 game early.
The Rebels got on the board in the bottom of the third with McKeon Whitsett hitting a two-run double down the left-field line. Wyatt Lowe followed with another RBI double to score Whitsett and put the deficit at 9-3.
However, the Falcons got two of their runs back in the top of the fourth as a triple and a wild pitch scored one run each to put the Rebels in an 11-3 hole.
Gattis Henley chipped away part of the deficit with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth as the hit made it an 11-4 game.
The final blow from the Falcons would be a grand slam in the top of the fifth to score four runs and push the deficit up to double digits.
The Rebels got one more run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI groundout by Gavin Hill, but they would not be able to score again as the game ended early via the mercy rule.
With the loss, the Rebels moved to 4-20 on the season and 2-10 in district play.
They will next play Wednesday at home against Shelbyville Central High School in a play-in game for their district tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.