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Grizzly Cubs fall to Jeffersonville in regional contest

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A special season for the Franklin Community High School baseball team came to an end Monday afternoon.

Unranked Franklin, which had won the Johnson County Tournament, the Mid-State Conference championship and a sectional title, lost to No. 8 Jeffersonville 1-0 in a semifinal game of the Class 4A Evansville Reitz Regional.

The game was played on Evansville Bosse’s field.

In a pitchers’ duel from start to finish, the Red Devils pushed across the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Franklin’s senior ace pitcher Jeremey McKinney retired the first two batters in the fifth, but a walk and a throwing error allowed a Jeffersonville base runner to reach second base.

The Red Devils’ next batter, Drew Ellis, doubled in the winning run.

The Grizzly Cubs managed only one hit, a single in the first inning by Evan Giles.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” Franklin coach Paul Strack. “We knew coming in we were facing a very good team. We struggled offensively and just couldn’t get anything going.”

Though disappointed by the result, the loss did not diminish what was an otherwise sterling season for the Cubs.

They saved their best for last in sweeping county and conference championships, as well as earning their first sectional title since 1995.

Franklin finished with a 17-10 record.

“The accomplishments of the year speak for themselves and give us a taste of what championship baseball is all about,” Strack said. “It certainly provides us with the kind of motivation for next year.”

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