The Centennial Cougars baseball team rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the second inning to beat the Franklin Rebels 12-6 on Tuesday night.
“Our kids swung the bats really well tonight,” Centennial coach Rob Baughman said. “That was the difference in the game. It feels good to win, because we have been in a slump for the last couple of games.”
Both starting pitchers held the other team scoreless in the first inning. But Franklin’s bats caught fire in the bottom of the second, scoring the first three runs of the game.
Senior second baseman Tripp Costello drove in the first run on a RBI single, followed by a two-run RBI single from left fielder Tucker Smith that capped off the three-run inning for the Rebels.
Centennial had an answer for the Rebels in the top of the third, tying the score 3-3. The big hit came from Cougars starting pitcher Solomon Washington, who smashed a two-run RBI double to start the comeback. Centennial also scored on a passed ball in the inning.
The Cougars continued their hitting clinic in the fourth, tacking on three more runs in the frame. Cougars nine-hole hitter Alec Beaman picked up a two-run RBI single in the inning. Franklin had a failed pickoff attempt at first that got away from the first baseman to score the other run for Centennial.
The hit parade continued in the top of the fifth as the Cougars tallied three more runs in the inning. Beaman sizzled at the plate, contributing a two-run RBI single. The other run was scored on an error by the Franklin at third base.
Cougars scored two runs without a base hit in the top of the sixth on two passed balls that went off the catcher’s glove.
Franklin started a rally in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run double by senior first baseman Jackson Jarvis.
“He was sitting on the pitch that he wanted and he got it,” Franklin coach Jon Whipple said. “I think it gave our team a little spark. It was good to see a little fight from our team once we got down.”
Centennial scored the final run in the top of the seventh with a dropped ball by the catcher on a relay throw from the outfield. Cougars starting pitcher Solomon Washington picked up the win, striking out 11 batters in 5.1 innings.
“He was around the plate,” Baughman said. “When Solomon throws a lot of strikes, he does a really good job. I hope we keep swinging the bats well like we did tonight and have no errors.”