By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Franklin baseball team played their first game on a brand new field and took the victory 1-0 over Kelley-Rex Division rival Oliver Ames. Starting pitcher Jason Ulrickson pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Panthers in the win. Neither offense could get much going through the first 5 ½ innings but Franklin would strike in the bottom of the sixth.
Ryan Hodgkins led off the frame with a single to left field, which chased Oliver Ames starter Tom Parker. Parker and Ulrickson had been locked in a pitcher’s duel to that point and Parker was the first to blink. When reliever Mike Murlean took the hill for OA, he got Ulrickson to fly out to left immediately. But after the out was recorded, the umpires deemed that Murlean had balked which brought Ulrickson back up to the plate and moved Hodgkins to second base.
With a second chance to come through, Ulrickson took advantage and singled to left. The Panthers now had runners on the corners with no outs and Josh Macchi stepping into the box. Macchi would hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Hodgkins and the game’s only run. Although Oliver Ames would prevent the inning from getting out of hand, they had given up the only run that Franklin needed.
The win moves Franklin to 2-0 on the year and 1-0 in the Hockomock. The Tigers meanwhile, fall to 2-1 both overall and in league play.