Audre Francke was dominant in the pitcher’s circle and the rest of the Thunder had no trouble Friday as West Carroll defeated Fulton Unity Christian 11-0 in non-conference softball.

Francke struck out eight Knights in five innings and allowed no hits, while walking three batters.

“I was just able to keep it accurate,” Francke said. “I wasn’t throwing too many balls. I walked a couple, but it was basically accuracy.”

Francke said she threw a few different pitches but mostly relied on her fastball. She struck out two batters in each of the first, second and fourth innings. Unity only hit two balls out of the infield.

“I was just working the plate — hitting the spots, hitting the corners,” Francke said. “I just listened to (catcher Tygan Cole). I give her most of the credit, really.”

While Francke kept Unity stymied at the plate, the Thunder scored plenty of runs during the home halves of each inning.

Cole doubled down the third-base line to open the game. The next two West Carroll players drew walks to load the bases. After a fielder’s choice forced Cole out at home, Dana McCombie stepped up to the plate. McCombie hit a double to left field, which would have scored two runs. The ball was misplayed however, allowing McCombie to circle the bases and score, putting West Carroll ahead 4-0.

Cole walked to lead off the second, then Taylor Cole doubled to put runners at second and third. Kaiti Mathey drove in one run with an RBI groundout and Sophi Morhardt followed that with an RBI single to put the Thunder up 6-0 after two innings.

West Carroll (3-5) added two more runs in the third inning and three in the fourth to snap a five-game losing streak.

“We just did what we had to do,” West Carroll coach Don Mathey said.

Unity (0-5) was without Hannah Dykstra and Heather Hintz for the game.



Unity Christian    000    00    —    0    0    9

West Carroll    422    3x    —    11    5    0

Kayle Tomman (4 ip, 5 h, 11 r, 4 er, 7 bb, 2 k) and JoLynn Fredrick; Audre Francke (5 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 3 bb, 8 k) and Tygan Cole, Kelsey Todd (5). 2B — West Carroll (Ty. Cole, Dana McCombie, Taylor Cole). RBIs — West Carroll (Ta. Cole, Kaiti Mathey, Sophi Morhardt, McCombie 2).