Taylor Franklin returned early from a wrist injury to help the Houston softball team top a district foe.
Franklin had three of the Lady Tigers’ 17 hits as they cruised past Seymour 12-7 Monday on Carter Field.
Franklin was supposed to miss two weeks after cracking a bone in her wrist. She returned in one week.
“She is a competitor, and it was killing her to be in the dugout instead of on the field,” HHS coach Willy Walker said of Franklin, who leads the team in batting and RBIs. “We don’t have many girls on the team, so it is very important that we stay healthy.”
Kayla Kelley went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs for the Lady Tigers (6-6). Maddie Vandiver, Olivia Woosley and Kaylea Preheim had two hits apiece.
Walker was hopeful the Lady Tigers could win more convincingly to aid the team’s district seed. The program is still seeking its first district victory.
Houston faces Plato, another district opponent, today (Thursday).
“I’m glad we won, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Walker said. “It matters how you beat teams that are in your district.”
Vandiver, Woosley and Franklin had consecutive doubles to lead off the first as Houston went ahead 3-0.
Franklin doubled again in the third and Kelley followed with the second of her four singles as part of another three-run inning that made it 6-0.
The Lady Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate in the fifth as they went ahead 11-3.
Over the weekend, the Lady Tigers lost a pair of lopsided games in the Walnut Grove Tournament.
Houston committed seven errors in a 10-2 loss to Walnut Grove on Friday and had three more errors in an 11-3 loss Saturday to Fair Play.
“The tournament was very disappointing. We didn’t show up mentally,” Walker said. “We made too many mistakes to compete at the level the teams play in that tournament. I hope those games were an eye opener for us.”
Vandiver and Kelly accounted for Houston’s two hits in the Walnut Grove loss.
Vandiver and Preheim had the lone hits against Fair Play.
On Thursday, freshman Lizzy Swindell went 3-for-4 with a double in a 10-6 home loss to Laquey.
Vandiver and Kelley had two hits apiece.