The Franklin County baseball Rebels beat the Grundy County Yellowjackets 2-1 at home Saturday for their fourth win of the season.
The Rebels pushed two runs across in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead and held on from there behind a solid defensive effort.
Franklin County head baseball coach Mike Crossland praised the performance from his pitchers and defense, but said that the overall lack of offense is still an issue for his team.
“We had good pitching from Josh (Stoltzfus) and Payton (Miller), and we played defense for the most part. We only had one error and you can live through one,” Crossland said. “Offensively, we still left a lot of runners on base. We’re just not getting the big hit.
“If we can start getting the big hit, I think we can turn this thing around and at least put ourselves in a position to make a run in the district tournament,” he added.
The Yellowjackets were the first team on the board with a two-out RBI single giving them a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
The Rebels led off the bottom of the second with consecutive singles from Dylan Grimes and Gavin Hill, and a sacrifice bunt by Theron Sons moved both runners into scoring position with only one out. However, two straight pop outs would end the scoring threat.
The Rebels broke through for their first run in the bottom of the fourth when Cameron Weaver hit an RBI groundout to tie the score.
Gage Baker then hit a pop-up with two outs that the Grundy County infielders lost in the sun. The ball would drop between the defenders with Sons scoring from third base to give Franklin County a one-run lead.
The Yellowjackets got consecutive singles to start the top of the fifth, but a fly out and a double play induced by Stoltzfus would keep the lead intact.
The Yellowjackets got their first batter in the top of the seventh on base after an error. However, that potential tying run would advance no further as a fielder’s choice and two straight pop outs gave the Rebels the victory.
Stoltzfus picked up the win on the mound after pitching the first five innings with two strikeouts, six hits and one run allowed.
Miller pitched the last two innings with no hits and no runs allowed to secure the save.
With the win, the Rebels improved to 4-15 on the season.
They will next play Tuesday at Lawrence County High School. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.