CLERMONT, Fla. – The Franklin softball team turned in a pair of impressive showings on opening day, picking up wins over Mitchell College and Eastern Nazarene College.
In the opener, the Grizzlies (2-0) recorded 12 hits and used a four-run sixth inning to finish off an 8-0 win over Mitchell. In their final game of the day, the offense blew up Lion pitching for 14 hits to take a 10-2 win in a five-inning contest.
Game 1 | Franklin 8 – Mitchell 0 (6 inn.)
The Grizzlies opened the scoring in their first trip to the plate, with Danielle Wyse knocking home Sydney Rodeghier with an infield single. Two innings later, the Grizzlies added to their lead when Rodeghier came in to score on an errant throw back in from the outfield, making it 2-0.
Wyse added to an already stellar afternoon in the fifth, smacking a two-run homer to double Franklin's lead. One inning later, Natalie Weber cracked a two-run blast to make it 6-0. Later in the inning Makayla Plymale knocked in a run with a pinch hit double and Sydney Bostic would draw a bases-loaded walk to cap the scoring and end the game.
Kayla Selzer (1-0) got the start and lasted four innings, striking out three with one walk and two hits allowed. Wyse, who also had three hits and three RBI, came in to start the fifth, striking out five of the seven hitters she faced to earn the save.
Game 2 | Franklin 10 – Eastern Nazarene 2 (5 inn.)
The Grizzlies wasted no time putting their second game out of reach, scoring eight times in the top of the first inning. Weber brought home the first run of the game with an RBI single and Wyse followed with her second homer of the day, a three-run blast that made it 4-0 Franklin. Makiah Thomas, Addison Csikos and Emily Thompson would all drive in runs later in the inning.
The Grizzlies got RBI singles from Rodeghier in both the third and fifth innings to cap the scoring. Both Rodeghier and Thompson were terrors at the top of the Franklin lineup, with both going 4-for-4 in game two. Abby Hickson recorded two hits in the second contest for her first multi-hit game of the year.
Alisha Burch (1-0) worked the first four innings to earn the win, allowing one earned run on five hits with two strikeouts. Wyse came in for the final inning, allowing a hit and recording one punch out.
The Grizzlies are back on the diamond on Sunday (Mar. 1) for two more contests, taking on Bridgewater (Va.) at 10:00 a.m. and Lebanon Valley at 12:15 p.m.