By Sam Tallarico
Eagle Staff Writer
Even if it meant seeing a modest lead shrink to one run.
Franklin scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to pull to 5-4, but the Golden Tornado countered with a four-spot in the bottom of the inning and went on to post a 9-4 triumph over the Knights Wednesday at Highfield Park.
"That's what I told them after the game," said Florie about wanting to see how his team could stand up to pressure. "In a way, it was good that team stayed close. Our section is a pressure cooker. That's two days in a row we handled it well."
With two outs and a runner at first, Brad Free singled and Jake Nulph followed with an RBI single. Tim Lynn followed with a two-run single to make it 5-4.
Tyler Moss then hit a hard grounder to Tornado third baseman Adam Miller, who made a strong throw to first base to end the threat.
They did take a 4-0 lead after scoring three times in the fourth inning off Nulph.
With one out, Marra, Chet Link and Darren Blakely hit consecutive singles to load the bases. After Aaron Ordy struck out, Adam Miller's grounder to third was thrown off the mark and two runs scored. McCaslin followed with another RBI single.
"We're all sophomores and juniors, for the most part," said
The Knights finally broke through in the fifth inning with a run, but had to be disappointed they didn't come away with more.
With runners at second and third and one out, Nick Perrine smashed a single to score Moss, but Cameron Hovis was tagged out trying to score.
After a season-opening loss to Blackhawk, the Tornado have recorded consecutive wins. While it's a nice start, Florie knows that isn't good enough for his team.
"I think they want to do more than win a couple of exhibition games," said Florie.
"They're starting to get the idea of what the new system is. They're very attentive, very good students. They're starting to execute, but there's still a ways to go."
WP: John Bell (5 IP) 5 strikeouts, 1 walk. LP: Josh Kahle (2 IP) 0 strikeouts, 3 walks
Franklin (1-0): Kyle Nulph 2B, RBI; Tim Lynn 1B, 2 RBI; , Nick Perrine 1B, RBI
Butler (2-1): Jim McCaslin 2-1B, 2 RBI, 2 SB; Rob Cochran 2B, RBI, SB; Jay McDonough 1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Ben Cress 1B, RBI, SB, John Marra 2-1B, RBI