The Flyers got another hit in the seventh before Johns was able to seal a hard-fought victory. Hayden Robbins was 3-for-3 with three RBI and scored three times as Madison Central held on for an 8-4 win. Johns was also 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored twice as the Indians (26-7) moved into the 11th Region semifinals for the fourth-straight season. Central will face Henry Clay at 6 p.m. today at Great Crossing High School in Georgetown. The Blue Devils moved into the semis with a come-from-behind 6-5 win over Lexington Christian Academy on Monday.
"You've got to give Franklin County credit," Madison Central coach Steve Roof said. "They did not quit and that's what you see in the 11th Region Tournament — great teams who play hard." Central jump on top early and appeared to be in position to roll to an easy win. The Indians scored twice in the first and third innings, while also scoring four times in the third. Central's 8-0 lead, though, was slowly chipped away. The Flyers got a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
Central starter John Girard went 3 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, one runs and one walk with one strikeout. The Indians used four other pitchers, who combined to issue seven walks. Three errors also led to three earned runs for Franklin County. Dylan Hatfield worked one inning, allowing two runs and four walks with two strikeouts. Robbins went 1 1/3 innings (one hit, one run, one strikeout, one walk). Sam Coleman faced one batter, which he walked and Johns pitched one inning, allowing two hits with a strikeout.
Bradley Poynter was 2-for-4 for Central. Keith Stewart was 1-for-4 and scored once. Gunnar Rhodus was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Parker Mullins drove in a run Matthew Bryan was 1-for-3, Cannon Spivey was 1-for-1 and Druw Hess walked and scored a run. Central picked up a 7-2 win over Henry Clay (18-15) on May 4 in Lexington.
The Indians have won 10-straight against the Blue Devils. Henry Clay's last victory over Central was on May 18, 2012.
By: Nathan Hutchinson