Friday night’s softball thriller for Frenship may not exactly align with David versus Goliath, but a few big strikes by the underdog Tigers took down the previously untarnished and state-ranked Permian Lady Panthers.
Down to their final out and trailing 1-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Maya Mongelli stepped to the plate and unleashed a solo home run that not only tied the game but opened the floodgates to a 5-run eighth inning and an eventual 6-2 Tiger win.
The victory not only handed Permian their first loss of the season (24-1) but also pulled FHS into a tie for first place with the Lady Panthers in the district standings.
The Tigers quickly took advantage of the extra bit of life and late-game momentum in the eighth inning. Two Permian errors landed two Tiger runners on the base paths to start the frame. After a Keeley Etchison single loaded the bases, Caroline Kerr promptly unloaded them with a grand slam. Her sixth home run of the season gave FHS a 5-1 lead.
Torrey Hogan then followed with a solo shot of her own – her eighth HR of the season – to extend the lead to 6-1.
Hogan capped off the win when she shut down the Lady Panthers in the bottom of the eighth to seal the win. She pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs while striking out eight Permian batters.
Frenhsip is now 20-8 on the year and 6-1 in district. They return to the diamond this Friday hosting Midland Lee at 7:00 p.m.
FRENSHIP 6, ODESSA PERMIAN 2 (8 innings)
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