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Franklin softball falls to White Mountains, 9-1, in quarterfinals

Lexi Colpack’s solo shot over the center field fence put the Lady Tornadoes on the scoreboard in the sixth inning, but it proved to be too little too late for eighth-seeded Franklin, which fell, 9-1, to top-ranked White Mountains yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Division III softball tournament.

Franklin’s Shelby Joyce and Kelsey Bird hit back-to-back singles in the top of the first inning, but were left stranded by White Mountains pitcher Erika Millett and the Spartan defense. The Lady Tornadoes held White Mountains’ offense scoreless for the first two innings, but in the third, singles by Nadia Wasuta and Rebecca Hicks preceded a two-run double by Chelsea Payer to put the Spartans on top. Mary King then singled to score Payer for the third run of the inning.

White Mountains, which had nine hits throughout the game, added two runs in the fourth inning and four more in the sixth to put the game away.

Bird, who had two of Franklin’s four hits, also went the distance in the circle, walking two and striking out two. Lauren Hennessy and Maddie Constant shared second base duties for Franklin, being involved in nine outs, but the Franklin defense suffered the repercussions of five errors.

Millett struck out 14 and walked none while her defense played errorless ball behind her.

Franklin finished the season at 13-5. White Mountains (18-0), the defending Division III champ, takes on fifth-seeded Farmington tomorrow at Plymouth State University at 7 p.m.

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