Mansker’s Station, Goodlettsville – Once again, the team that won the bat toss won the game. The Phoenix of East Nashville and the Franklin Farriers are so evenly matched that the last 3 games were each decided by one run. Today, the winning team was the Phoenix, who chose to be the home team after coming out on top of the opening bat toss, and then ending on top in a dominant bottom of the 9th inning.
But what a game it was! Franklin had a pair of rally killers behind home plate as Tomahawk MacDonald and Hooligan Boyle collected 7 unassisted foul-tip put-outs.
The Farriers began fantastically, notching 5 runs in the 1st inning, 1 in the 3rd, and 3 runs each in the 4th and 5th. The Phoenix answered in the 1st with 4 runs, 5 in the 3rd, and 3 in the 5th. No one from either team crossed the plate in the 6-8th innings.
The score was 12-12 going into the 9th. Toothpick smashed a 1-out triple, only to be controversially thrown out at 3rd during the next play. But the Phoenix were relentless. A few well-placed hits, including a high fly to shallow right that Four Leaf was unable to corral, was all that was needed. The Farriers look forward to the next time we meet the Phoenix – hopefully in the Sulfur Dell Tournament. We’ll be ready to win that bat toss.