The sixth-seed Knights (16-6) upset both third-seed Warren and second-seed Hickory on their journey to toppling the top-seed Victors Monday.
“They really did it. They earned every bit of it,” Franklin head coach Ed Winger said following the team’s victory.
“[Edge] continues to get better and better and better. She had her drop-ball today, she had her change-up today, along with everything else,” Winger said.
The Knights finally found a spark at the top of the 7th as freshman outfielder Rilee Hanna got on base with a single. Two outs later, sophomore shortstop Sydni Hoobler also singled moving Hanna to third.
Senior outfielder Erin Janidlo brought in Hanna with an RBI single. Then senior third baseman Kaylyn Fry brought in both Hoobler and Janidlo with a double to close out the two-out rally. Franklin took a 3-0 lead into the final half inning.
“Once we started on a roll and we had everybody healthy, it was great. They just kept coming back,” Winger said.
The Knights will face either Elizabeth Forward or West Mifflin in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA softball state championship tournament on June 7.