Franklin first-year coach Kyle Campbell and his players couldn't have gotten off to a better start, winning their first five games. Then the roof caved in.
The Indians lost to South River, 15-8, and Chesapeake, 13-7, in the Seahawk Cougar Invitational in Anne Arundel County Wednesday.
But the worst came Thursday afternoon against host Glen Burnie. Franklin jumped out to an 8-0 lead before falling apart.
The Indians gave up eight unearned runs on three errors with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning on their way to a 9-8 loss.
"When you can't play a ground ball to get out of the inning or catch a fly ball, the inning prolongs," Campbell said. "Another guy comes to the plate and teams can hit at this level. We didn't make the plays today. So we are not going to win. Period."
It appeared the Indians would cruise to a victory in the early innings.
Franklin scored three in the first, which Andy Thompson keyed with a two-run double.
The Indians added four more runs in the third off of left-hander Mike Perry to go up 7-0. Dennis Gurevich finished the scoring with a two-run bloop double down the right field line.
Franklin starter Dustin Halle pitched two scoreless innings before having to leave in the third after the first batter hit a line drive off his hand.
Eric Proper replaced Halle, pitched a scoreless third, surrendered a run in the fourth before his defense collapsed in the fifth.
Glen Burnie (3-5) sent 13 batters to the plate in that inning. Ryan Gilbert's three-run double highlighted the offensive flurry for Gophers.
Glen Burnie hardthrowing right-hander William Brown shutdown Franklin in the last two innings, striking out three of the six batters he faced.
"We were basically out of the game, but they got down in that inning," said Glen Burnie coach Bruce Sider, who is in his 35th year. "One thing led to another. A couple of guys were talking at each other. That doesn't help things. It puts more pressure on a kid.
"It could be our best comeback in probably 30 years," he added. "We had a nine-run comeback against Westminster many years ago."
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