Unexpected snow showers covered Western North Carolina Monday and Tuesday, giving the Franklin High School sports teams a break from their competitive schedule.
Both the FHS varsity baseball and softball teams were coming off losses from last Friday's games against Pisgah. The baseball team was able to start its game off competitively, holding Pisgah scoreless after the first inning, but for the remainder of the game the Panthers were unable to hold off the onslaught that was to come. The Bears were able to drive in runs in every other inning of the game, while Franklin scored one run in the second, before losing 7-1. The loss moves Franklin to a 3-3 record with a 1-2 record in the conference. The Panthers hosted Smoky Mountain yesterday at the Macon Middle School. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was canceled due to inclement weather.
The Lady Panthers' Softball team also suffered defeat for only the second time Friday. After losing 10-6 to Enka last Wednesday, Franklin hoped to rebound with a big win as they travelled to take on the Pisgah Bears. The Bears struck first, scoring two runs in the first inning, but the Panthers were able to hold them to it for the majority of the game. Franklin tied the game in the fifth with two runs of their own. Coming down to the last inning, the game slipped away as the Bears were able to post one more run to pull out the win, 3-2. The Lady Panthers started the season with a four-game winning streak — their last win was over Brevard at home — and are now at 4-2. The Lady Panthers also played Smoky Mountain yesterday for a home conference game.
The Franklin Track Team will travel to East Henderson on Monday, April 8, while the Men's Tennis team will look to keep their winning streak alive in Asheville, Monday as well.
Photos by Maria Tallent