Franklin got spanked by St. Mary's the first time they met. There's really no sugar coating that. Coach Scott Milliron may have said it best when he said "we needed a wake up call."
And a wake up call it was. They returned to the kind of ball they were used to playing the following night with explosive hitting and solid early pitching.
They staved off late surge by the Erie county FLAG team 13-10 to earn a rematch against St. Mary's.
This team was poised and ready for the next challenge. But when you reach this level you meet other teams also poised and ready.
The game was relatively uneventful for the first two innings. Both teams got a sprinkling of runners on but unable to plate any.
In the top of the third Greyson Milliron had a one out single followed by a Barrett Smith walk. Both would touch home plate, Milliron on a wild pitch and Smith on a fielder's choice on a Chase Barrett grounder.
But that ended up being all the scoring they could muster. St. Mary's pitcher Jonathan Chapman and the defense behind him kept Franklin scoreless down the stretch.
St. Mary's countered in the third adding a run after Cael Stauffer laced a double scoring Rory Wendel who got on with an infield fielders choice.
In the fourth St. Mary's tied the game on a bases loaded walk.
The game was even going into he fifth inning. It was down to who was going to take charge or take advantage of a mistake.
Not much happened in the fifth. Franklin was stifled completely and St. Mary's got one on but they left him there.
In the sixth Franklin's Cam Greksa drew a base on balls but could not advance.
On to the last half of the inning, they were tie and needing to stop St. Mary's to force extra innings.
St. Mary's got a lead off runner on base, but a double-play attempt on the next batter went awry allowing the runner to move into scoring position with one out.
The next batter dribbled one back to the pitcher who threw to first for what should've been the second out as the runner on second dashed to third, but the throw was high and over the first baseman's head allowing the game winning score to cross home-plate.
"The loss tonight stings," coach Scott Milliron admitted at the end of the game. Though disappointed with the result, he was not disappointed with his player's efforts.