FRANKLINTON — It took a little longer than their big crowd expected, but the Franklinton Demons advanced with a big baseball playoff win Tuesday night.
The third-seeded Demons scored two in the sixth inning to defeat No. 30 Karr 5-3 for their 11th straight win.
With the win, Franklinton (19-3) advances to take on No. 14 Lutcher, which defeated Minden 7-3. The Demons and Bulldogs will start their best-of-three series later this week.
With the score tied 3-3, Trevor Jenkins led off the sixth inning with a walk. Jamarian Crain and Josh Magee both reached on bunt singles. With two outs, Johnathan Crain lined a single into left field to drive in Magee to give the Demons the lead. Mack McElveen drew a bases-loaded walk to extend the lead to 5-3.
“All year long in batting practice, the coaching staff has been working with me to be an opposite-field hitter,” Crain said. “Mostly people think I’m a pull hitter. They had been working me outside all night long trying to paint the corner. So I knew it was coming and (I was) able to get a good swing on it to give my team the lead.”
Trailing 2-0 headed to the bottom of the fifth, Jenkins led off the inning with a single. With one out, Magee was intentionally walked and Austin Bradford reached on a catcher’s interference call. CJ Estave’s two-run single into right field tied the game 2-2.
Bradford was the winning pitcher for the Demons, allowing one unearned run in four innings of relief. Bradford allowed one hit, struck out five and walked one.
Karr (14-9) scored its two runs early. After leading the game off with a single, Reggie Augustine came around to score on a balk. Augustine’s bat led to the other Cougars run in the third inning on an RBI groundout that scored Myran Pelrean.
The Cougars tied the game in the sixth on a throwing error which scored Tyree Thompson who led off the inning with a double.
“Karr is definitely not a No. 30 seed,” Franklinton coach Jeff Tageant said. “They have a great team. It is a good win for us. The toughest game is usually the first game. We beat a very good baseball team tonight.”