FRANKTON — Frankton’s softball team had had its moments during its first six games, but not enough for its liking.
Wednesday, however, the Eagles finally put it all together.
The Eagles got big performances from several players and solid ones across the lineup, and out-slugged Anderson 14-4 in six innings in by far their best outing this year.
Sophomore Aleyah Rastetter led the charge for Frankton (2-5) with four hits and four runs batted in, and she was also the winning pitcher with four strikeouts.
“I think I did pretty good, but it wouldn’t have been without my teammates backing me up on the field,” Rastetter said. “I’ve been struggling a little bit, but today was much needed for me.”
As was the case as a whole for the Eagles (2-5), who snapped a three-game skid. They came up with 13 hits, including three apiece from leadoff hitter Maycee Mallernee (all doubles) and second-place Jaylen Lovett (Rastetter batted third).
“Rastetter’s struggled lately, so her offense really helped us,” Frankton coach Jeremy Parker said. “When you get production from the top of the order like we did today, you like to see that. We haven’t gotten that in the last three games.”
After Rastetter got the Indians (0-4) out in order, the Eagles staked her a 3-0 cushion in the home half of the first inning. Lovett drove the first run home with a single and, four batters later, Ava Kinser stroked a two-run single.
Rastetter, who walked her first time at bat, doubled in the gap in the second that scored Brooke Campbell and Lovett, and that made it 5-1.
Frankton went down 1-2-3 in the third, but that certainly wouldn’t be the case after that. The Eagles batted around in their next two turns at the plate before ending Anderson’s misery a half-inning ahead of schedule.
Lovett’s third single of the day scored both Campbell and Mallernee, and Kinser would draw a bases-loaded walk to put the Eagles ahead 8-2.
In the fifth, Rastetter drove Mallernee in with a single, then Stanley and Granger both were credited with RBI by way of walks with the bases full. A sacrifice fly by Laikyn Lowe produced Frankton’s fourth run of the inning (Stanley).
Mallernee got a one-out single in the sixth and Rastetter followed with a triple. Stanley hit a grounder to short but the throw ended up out of the first baseman’s glove and the 14th and run-rule assuring run came home.
“It’s not (a lack of) confidence,” Parker said. “We’ve got to keep grinding and get better and the ultimate goal is (success at) the end of the season. We’ve got people on different days that contribute and hopefully we can all click at the same time.”
Anderson, however, wasn’t as competitive as the day before in an eight-inning, 7-6 defeat at Class 2A 12th-ranked Alexandria.
Emma Kelley was one of the Indians’ few bright spots, with home runs in the third and fifth innings, the latter a two-run shot. Kelley also went yard Tuesday.
Sierra Cunningham had a triple and double, and Kerrigan Huffman added a pair of singles. Cunningham scored the other run on an Eagle error in the second.
Frankton visits Alexandria today, as both squads open their Central Indiana Conference schedules. Anderson begins the league portion of its season today, at home against Marion in the North Central Conference. -Rob Hunt