Chris McElvain

Chris McElvain

SPRING HILL – Franklin pitcher Luke Bennett threw as good of a game as coach John Whipple could have hoped for on Wednesday. Unfortunately for Franklin, Summit pitcher Chris McElvain was just a little bit better in Summit’s 1-0 win. 

Bennett allowed just one run and three hits over six innings. And on any other day, that would have won most games. However, McElvain only allowed one hit over seven innings while striking out 10 Rebels. 

The Lone run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Steven Smith hit a ground ball to second base that was bobbled by Tripp Costello, allowing Drew Plummer to score and Smith to reach safely. 

Bennett got Alex Runk to ground out in the next at-bat to end the inning and leave the bases loaded. 

Down to their final three outs, the Rebels got leadoff hitter Jackson Jarvis on thanks to an error at third. McElvain then set the Rebels down in order, striking out Carson Garner looking to end the game. Garner had the lone hit in the game for Franklin in the second inning. 

The win is the Spartans’ eighth in their last 10 games and got Summit back on track after a 3-1 loss to Siegel on Tuesday. Summit improved to 17-7, while Franklin dropped to 17-8.

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