Strong Pitching by Kendall McCool Leads Franklin County in Shut Out of Union CountyKendall McCool shut down Union County, throwing a complete game shutout and leading Franklin County Wildcats Varsity to a 1-0 victory on Friday. Franklin County moved to 5-0 on the season while Union County fell to 5-4.The pitching was strong on both sides. Kendall McCool earned the win, going seven strong innings, allowing no runs, three hits, walked two, and struck out 12. Fayth Hill also pitched seven strong innings, allowing one unearned run, six hits, no walks, and ten strikeouts.The lone run for the Wildcats came in the sixth inning. Camryn Brewer led off the inning with a single. Then with one out, Kamryn McCool grounded into a fielder’s choice and took over the spot on first base. Then on a 1-2 count, Kamryn McCool began to steal when Hannah Hornsby hit a hard grounded to third base. The third baseman of the Patriots overthrew the first baseman and the softball rolled along the fence in right field. After the right fielder picked up the ball, Kamryn McCool was rounding third and trucking towards home. A perfect throw appeared to have McCool dead in the rights, but a brilliant head first slide around the tag allowed the Wildcats to score the only run of the game.Franklin County Wildcats Varsity totaled six hits. Camryn Brewer and Gabby Mitchum each racked up multiple hits for Franklin County Wildcats Varsity. Brewer led Franklin County Wildcats Varsity with three hits in four at bats.Franklin County Wildcats Varsity was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error.Franklin County and Union County played a second game Friday night to complete the double header. Please see the second wrap-up for information on game two.Franklin County Claims Double Header Sweep with 8-2 Win Over Union County in Game 2The Franklin County Wildcats bats finally woke up on the young season in an 8-2 victory over Union County on Friday evening. Franklin County moves to 6-0 on the season with the victory, and Union County falls to 5-5 with the loss.The Franklin County Wildcats notched three runs in the seventh inning. Gabby Mitchum, Izzy Hoff, and Tessa Harper all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.Kamryn McCool was the winning pitcher for Franklin County Wildcats moving to 3-0 on the season. She lasted seven innings, allowing three hits and two unearned runs while striking out 13.Roya Walton took the loss for Union County. She went seven innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits and striking out four.Franklin County Wildcats Varsity had eight hits in the game. Maggie Wendel and Mitchum all had multiple hits for Franklin County Wildcats. Mitchum and Wendel boht had two hits to lead Franklin County Wildcats.Franklin County will be back in action on Monday night traveling to St. Leon for an EIAC matchup with the East Central Trojans. First pitch is scheduled for 5 pm.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alex McCool.
Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda paid a surprise visit to the Black Queens ahead of their friendly game against the Bayana Bayana on Sunday which the Queens won by 1-0.The Black Stars donated cartoons of energy drinks and three pair of gloves to the three goalkeepers in the national team.Dauda is expected to be in Ghana by Tuesday ahead of preparations for the World Cup.