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Hot Dog offense struggles on senior night

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SENIOR NIGHT: Frankfort softball honored its seniors, from left, Avery Drew, Morgan Dean, Kimee Kingma and Jenna Rockhold before Monday’s home game with Tri-West.
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DOUBLE PLAY: Frankfort shortstop Karim Quinones, 4, caught a short pop and nailed Tri-West’s Hannah Forrest out with a throw to second baseman Sydni Whitaker in the top of the second during the Hot Dogs’ 5-1 loss on Monday.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Frankfort honored its four senior softball players before and after Monday’s game against visiting Tri-West, but the Hot Dogs’ offense couldn’t help the celebration in a 5-1 conference loss.

“We just never got our bats going,” Frankfort head coach Gary Drew said. “That was our struggle today. They had two good pitchers and we just never made adjustments to get around on them.”

The Hot Dogs got their only run in the first inning, tying the game up at one. Karim Quinones tripled to right field with one out and senior Morgan Dean brought her home with a single to center an out later.

Tri-West made it 4-1 in the third, with the Hot Dogs defense limiting the damage in the second and third innings.

Shortstop Quinones snagged a short pop up behind the pitcher in the second and threw out a Tri-West runner leading off second for a double play to end the inning. In the third, Tri-West’s April Sellers got aboard with a one-out single and Madison Leisher followed with a long fly just right of center that barely missed going out for a home run that scored Sellers.

Shelby Crockett followed with a single to score Leisher, advancing to third on the throw home and an error. She scored when Avery Heath reached on an infield error. The Hot Dogs made their only other error of the game on an outfield fly by the next batter, but Heath was thrown out at home trying to score on the play and Dean at catcher nailed the runner advancing to third on the throw home for a double play.

Tri-West added a run in the top of the fifth, but Frankfort’s only other threat came in the third on a leadoff double by Avery Drew where she was stranded.

“W0e played a pretty solid game in the field,” coach Drew said. “They got some hits. We didn’t necessarily give them their runs on errors. They put the ball in play and we didn’t.”

Chloe Roberts had the Hot Dogs only other hit, with Frankfort hitters striking out 12 times without a walk.

Drew pitched all seven innings for the Hot Dogs, giving up four earned runs and 11 hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

The loss dropped Frankfort to 14-8 (6-7 Sagamore Conference), while Tri-West improved to 16-7 (9-4). The two teams were to play at Tri-West again on Tuesday.

The Hot Dogs have one more home game against Hamilton Heights tonight before hosting sectionals on Monday. Coach Drew noted that senior night was held on Monday in case of a rainout for tonight’s game (5:30 p.m.).

Seniors Avery Drew, Kimee Kingma, Morgan Dean and Jenna Rockhold were recognized before the game.

Frankfort starts sectional action off in Monday’s first game against North Montgomery, whom they have beaten twice this season.