A walk-off passed ball in the bottom of the 7th inning gave Frankston the 2-1 victory against Hawkins on Tuesday night.
Pitching and defense was the story in the game as Frankston's Waylon Borris led the way for the Indians with 12 strikeouts. Borris was able to stay in the game despite losing energy late in the match.
“I told him in the last inning that if he could get a quick inning, I would leave him in there,” said Frankston coach Kyle Dezern. “He came over to me and told me to let him stay in and he would take care of it. I was thinking about bringing in Thomas, but he pulled it out. I asked him before the game to get eight to 10 strikeouts and he got 12. He's had some good games with a low ERA (earned run average), but we just haven't had the run support. But tonight, he played well and showed his maturity.”
The Frankston defense also stepped up in the game as it allowed just the one run in the game, which came in the first inning. Dezern said after the game that he was impressed with his young squad's ability to stay focused and get a huge win.
“For these kids to be in a tight situation and to win was awesome,” Dezern said. “We're pretty young out there with only one senior and two juniors. The rest are sophomores and freshmen. For that situation and for the team, that was a huge performance for them.”
This was the Indians' second win against Hawkins on the season, but Dezern said even with that first win against them, the Indians weren't going to take the Hawks lightly.
“We beat them in the first go-around with Jordan Thomas throwing a no-hitter against them,” Dezern said. “We knew they were pretty hot coming in. They just beat Troup. I knew our kids were going to have to play up for it. We're kind of dealing with some injuries, but these kids stepped up. It was a great win. Our motto is 'TPW' (Tough People Win). We had a kid get injured over there on third, but he stayed in. It was a good win.”
Frankston's Caleb Whitehurst led the way for the Indians as he went 3-for-4 batting with three singles in the game. Dylan Hokit also stepped up for Frankston with the Indians' only RBI of the game. With the final run of the game coming on a passed ball, the Indians got the win and will look to keep their momentum going into their next match on Friday against Winona on the road.