Meadville Tribune

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June 16, 2014

FCV falls to Franklin in CVAL action

SAEGERTOWN — Franklin starter Ryan Madden kept French Creek Valley searching for a big hit that never turned up. And the boys from Venango County slipped past the Creekers 3-1 on Monday during a Crawford-Venango American Legion contest at the Saegertown American Legion’s Ed Acker Field.

“We couldn’t get the big hit,” said FCV head coach Brandon Crum. “We were walked six times. We left the bases loaded in the first inning. We had some uncompetitive at-bats when we had runners in scoring position. You’re not going to score if you don’t swing the bat.”

Luke Basko had the only key hit for FCV, belting an RBI single in the seventh inning. But FCV, already down 3-0 at the time, couldn’t keep it rolling.

Madden pitched a complete seven innings, gave up three hits, walked six and struck out eight.

FCV also got a nice outing out of its starter, Matt Thompson. He went 61/3 innings, gave up 10 hits, walked two and struck out four.

“Matt pitched really well,” said Crum. “He scattered 10 hits but anytime he got in trouble he worked out of it. I’m pretty happy with the outings he’s strung together.”

Basko came on and got the final two outs via strikeouts.

Leading Franklin at the plate was Clayton Maxon and Adam Kirwin who were both 2-for-4. Maxon had an RBI single in the fifth, which gave Franklin a 1-0 lead.

Madden and Zach Guth both added RBI singles in the seventh.

“They’re a good team,” Crum said about Franklin. “There’s a reason they were playing in state playoffs not too long ago. They’re a good ball team.

“We’ll get two more cracks at them before the league tournament starters. And that’s the kind of game you want to play in. It was competitive. Our guys were excited to go.”

French Creek Valley returns to action today when it takes on Cochranton in Cochranton. The Bluebirds defeated FCV 3-2 in eight innings on June 3.

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