The Franklin County baseball Rebels lost to the Coffee County Raiders 2-1 on the road Wednesday for their 11th loss of the season.
The Raiders capitalized on errors to score their two runs early in the game, and a late rally by the Rebels would come up short with the potential tying run left on third base to end the final inning.
Franklin County head baseball coach Mike Crossland praised the pitching performance of starter Gattis Henley, but said that the fielding miscues and a slow start offensively proved to be too hard to overcome.
“We made two mistakes behind (Henley), and it cost us the ballgame,” Crossland said. “We finally got to their starter in the seventh. Didn’t do anything offensively until then, but we had an opportunity to win the ballgame and just didn’t get it done.”
The Raiders got their first run in the bottom of the first inning when their leadoff hitter got hit by a pitch, stole second and came around to score on a fielding error.
Another error in the bottom of the third would place a runner at third base from the Raiders, and an RBI groundout would bring the runner across to make it a 2-0 game.
After being held hitless for the first six innings, Wyatt Lowe and Henley hit back-to-back singles to start the top of the seventh. McKeon Whitsett then drew a walk to load the bases, and Gavin Hill got hit by a pitch to bring in a run and move the tying run to third base with one out in the frame.
However, the Raiders would then make a pitching change with their relief pitcher striking out the next two batters to give the Rebels a one-run loss.
Henley pitched 5 1-3 innings with five strikeouts, three hits and two unearned runs allowed for the day. Payton Miller came on in relief and struck out the only two batters he faced.
With the loss, the Rebels moved to 2-11 on the season and 2-6 in district play.
They will next play Thursday at Moore County High School. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.