PERU — Franklin Academy of Malone threw out a runner at home in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday to preserve a 6-5 victory over Peru in non-conference baseball action.
Franklin Academy had the early 3-0 lead until Peru was able to put up two runs in the third and three runs in the fourth to take the lead heading into the top of the fifth inning.
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“We gave up three runs in the first, but we settled down defensively after that,” Peru coach Brian Marino said.
The Huskies, though, took the lead back in the sixth inning. Jordan Yando hit a single to drive in a run, which tied the game at five, then the following batter was able to ground into a fielder’s choice to give the lead back to Franklin Academy.
The Indians had chances to regain the lead.
In the sixth they had the bases loaded with one out, but were unable to bring in a run.
In the seventh inning, Louis Pepen Matos hit a ball to the left corner which led to a Peru runner trying to score, however the Huskies were able to hit the cut-off man who made a fantastic throw to get the out at home.
“It was a close play from where I was,” Marino said. “It was a bang-bang play; it could have gone either way. I’m going to say it was the right call.”
Marino gave credit to the umpires saying they “did a good job (Monday),” and trusted their final call at the plate. He also admired the great fielding by Franklin Academy that caused the out.
“The catcher didn’t even have to move his glove; the ball was in the exact spot it needed to be,” Marino said.