By Joe Davidson
Mike Cody was curious to see how his baseball team would respond to adversity, to a crushing last-inning loss to a rival.
The Franklin Wildcats have responded admirably, no surprise to their coach, showcasing some championship grit following a last at-bat loss to Elk Grove on April 4 to peel off four consecutive wins, including Monday's 4-3 effort against Davis, which was smarting from its own stunner of a late-inning loss to the Thundering Herd.
Franklin is 10-2-1 and back on track. Ace Jordan Johnson, he of the little run support and hard luck earlier this season, was exceptional against Davis. He struck out 12 in six innings, including the side twice, and had a 4-1 lead when he departed.
"That was a big win for us and a great way to start the biggest week of our season," Cody said. "Jordan was outstanding and he put the team on his back and gave us six quality innings. We didn't play our best game of the year but we made the plays when we needed to and had some big two-out hits."
The Wildcats threw out a runner at home and executed a double-steal in the in the sixth for what turned out to be the winning run provided examples of determination and skill.
"We have a great group of kids, great chemistry, and a lot of confidence in each other," Cody continued. "Our wins are never easy, and we always find a way to make it stressful for our fans, but we feel we have a chance to win every day because we're getting quality pitching and playing solid defense. We've thrown six one-hitters this year."
Leading hitters include Diego Rodriguez (.303), Riley Simmons (.306), Katin Rose (.308), Jon Zunich (.400), Tyler Blake (.429), Josh Pigg (.441) and Johnson (.314).
Johnson has 14 RBI, Simmons 12 and Pigg 11.
Franklin plays Laguna Creek twice this week in Delta Valley Conference play and then heads to a tournament in Fresno next week to play Clovis, Venice of Los Angeles, West of Bakersfield and Reedley in one of the elite spring tournaments in the state.