Eric Jones

Franklin County's Eric Jones moves off of second base after a pitch is thrown during a game Tuesday against North Jackson High School. Jones had a hit and an RBI in the 6-2 loss.

The Franklin County baseball Rebels lost to the North Jackson Chiefs 6-2 at home Tuesday for their 13th loss of the season.

The score was close for most of the night with the Chiefs pulling away in the last two innings to give the Rebels a loss.

Franklin County head baseball coach Mike Crossland said that the game came down to a recurring theme of his team being unable to make routine plays in key moments.

“We’re probably averaging four to five errors per game, and you can’t win baseball games that way. I don’t care what level you’re playing at,” Crossland said. “It just continues to go until somebody steps up on this baseball team and stops it. Until that happens, we’re going to continue to struggle.”

The game was scoreless until the top of the third when the Chiefs loaded the bases with one out on an error and a pair of singles before scoring their first run on a balk.

The Rebels answered back quickly with Eric Jones hitting an RBI single to tie the score in the bottom of the third. McKeon Whitsett scored on a wild pitch later in the frame to give the Rebels a 2-1 lead.

The Chiefs got an RBI double in the top of the fourth to tie the score once again at 2-2.

The Chiefs scored another two runs in the top of the sixth to break the tie and put the Rebels in a 4-2 hole.

A sacrifice fly and an RBI double by the Chiefs in the top of the seventh would double their advantage, and the Rebels were unable to score in the bottom half of the frame as they lost by four.

Theron Sons got the start on the mound for the Rebels as he pitched the first six innings with two strikeouts, 10 hits, two earned runs and two unearned runs allowed.

Brayden Henley came on in relief and got the first two outs of the seventh inning with one strikeout, two hits and two runs allowed. Caden Brown got the final out of the frame, striking out the lone batter he faced.

With the loss, the Rebels moved to 3-13 on the season.

They will next play Wednesday at Moore County High School. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.