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Warriors hand Hot Dogs' first loss

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HIGH ONE: Frankfort's Morgan Dean starts to swing at a pich up around her shoulders during the Hot Dogs' 11-1 loss to Danville on Tuesday.
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JUST FOUL: Frankfort's Katie Roberts made a nice backhand stop on this hard ground ball down the third-base line, but the umpire called it a foul during the Hot Dogs' 11-1 loss to Danville on Tuesday.
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NOT SO FAST: Frankfort's Kimee Kingma came home safely on what she believed was a passed ball in the fourth inning, with Danville pitcher Brianna Eldridge also reacting on the play. A foul ball was ruled on a nicked ball, with the Hot Dogs stranding three runners in the inning.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Frankfort lost its first game of the season, 11-1, in a conference matchup with Danville in girls softball on Tuesday, with Hot Dogs head coach Gary Drew crediting the Warriors while noting much of the damage for his team was self-inflicted.

“They are good,” he said. “I don't want to sell them short. They are a great team. They returned everybody, and they won the conference last year.

“We made some mistakes tonight. I think we had five or six errors and in the end it really cost us. It should have been a closer game than it was.”

Danville gained control early, jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead and increased it to 7-0 after three innings.

“We did a little bit better in the end,” Drew said. “We started really slow. Our hitters were having trouble getting a good read on their pitcher. At the end, we were making better contact.

“When you dig a hole for yourself, it's hard to dig yourself out of it.”

Brianna Eldridge threw a complete game (six innings with the 10-run rule) with nine strikeouts, allowing an earned run with five hits and a walk.

The game was a contrast for the Hot Dogs, who rode a hot offense to a 3-0 start on the season.

“All you can do is learn from it,” Drew said. “This is the first loss we've had. We've had great success in the first three games. We threw 40 runs up in three games, so in this one to throw only one up. … It was a little better caliber of pitching tonight.”

Frankfort had its chances to put runs on the board as the game progressed. Karim Quinones worked a walk to start the third inning and Avery Drew singled to put two runners aboard with one out before the inning ended with two pop ups to second base.

In the fourth, Kimee Kingma got to first after a fly ball was misplayed in left with one out. The next batter, Katie Roberts, was hit by a pitch and Quinones singled just over the third basemen to load the bases with two outs. Kingma thought she scored on a passed ball, but the pitch was ruled tipped for a foul sending her back to third. Eldridge then struck out Tarah Martinez to end the threat.

The Hot Dogs got their lone run in the fifth with Chloe Roberts scoring on a Kingma RBI.

“We left a lot of runners on,” coach Drew said. “The first three innings we struggled. After that, we ended up getting base runners. Unfortunately, we just couldn't get that hit at the crucial time to get them in. … We just had some mental and physical mistakes that cost us. Of course, they cost us when runners were in scoring position, which is hard to make up that deficit when you dig the hole for yourself.”

Avery Drew, Roberts, Morgan Dean, Kingma and Quinones registered hits for the Hot Dogs. Drew took the loss in the circle going all six innings and giving up 11 runs (six earned) while striking out four and walking three.

“It will come,” coach Drew said. “We're a young team and we're learning. This is the first time we've seen – not to sell Crawfordsville short because they gave us a good game the last time -- but this is one of the better teams in the conference.

“In the next two weeks, we've got Danville and Lebanon, which are two of the better teams every year (in the conference). That's where we'll be able to gauge where we stand at.”

Frankfort (3-1, 2-1 Sagamore Conference) visits Danville (7-0, 3-0) tonight for the return game at 5:30 p.m.

At Frankfort

WARRIORS 11, HOT DOGS 1

Danville`403`103`—`11`10`2

Frankfort`000`010`—`1`5`5

Danville`ab`r`h`bi

Totals`30`11`10`9

Frankfort`ab`r`h`bi

A. Drew`3`0`1`0

S. Whitaker`3`0`0`0

C. Roberts`3`1`1`0

M. Dean`3`0`1`0

K. Kingma`3`0`1`1

K. Roberts`2`0`0`0

K. Norman`3`0`0`0

K. Quinones`2`0`1`0

T. Martinez`3`0`0`0

Totals`25`1`5`1

Pitching`ip`h`r`er`bb`so

Danville

B. Eldridge`6`5`1`1`1`9

Frankfort

A. Drew`6`10`11`6`3`4