FRANKSTON — Friday night was a time of celebration for the Frankston High School softball team.
Frankston athletic director Kevin Chase handed the District 18-3A gold glove to head coach Marc Chitty after the Maidens smothered Teague 14-0 — and the party was officially on.
“To be district champion is very gratifying,” said Chitty, who moved to Frankston in 2012, and was named the head coach after the 2016 season.
“The girls have worked extremely hard,” Chitty continued. “I had a good group of seniors, and they bought in. Those seniors have helped the junior varsity along. I couldn't be any prouder of this team.”
Chitty acknowledged it wasn't easy to claim the 18-3A crown; but, the girls have swung hot bats since the start of district play — and pitchers Jordan Moss and Alyssa Elton have more than held their own.
For example, Moss struck out nine Teague batters in five innings for a complete-game, three-hit shutout over Teague.
It wasn't even close as the Lady Lions struggled to even get runners on base since Moss surrendered just one walk, too.
The senior class has been very special to Chitty, and they've helped change the culture at Frankston.
Years ago, the Maidens would struggle in district play to scratch out two or three wins — that's not the case now with the likes of catcher Bailey Fleming, first baseman Sydnie Ellis, second baseman Katie Roark, third baseman Karley Erickson and outfielder Becca Bacon leading the charge.
The team also has other seniors who help out in utility player Britney McKinney and Kiersten Nally, who has a valuable reserve role.
“They are a special group,” Chitty said. “They deserve everything — all the credit — for this season.”
Trinity Boggs continues to torch the ball, and she provided the Maidens with a team-best five RBI.
Roark and Moss both had two RBI. Fleming and Boggs both scattered three hits, and Elton two.
Frankston scored in every inning.
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