It didn’t take long for Jack Franklin to find his rhythm on the mound.
In just his second start of the season, the Gering starting pitcher looked right at home, striking out 10 batters in Gering’s 9-1 win over Sidney in the third place game of the Platte Valley Companies Classic.
Franklin pitched a complete game, only allowing one run on four hits over six innings of action to earn his first win of the season.
Along with his pitching performance, Franklin helped himself with a run scored and a run batted in against Sidney.
For his efforts at the Platte Valley Companies Classic, Franklin has been named the Gering Courier’s Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Monument Physical Therapy.
Franklin’s start on Sunday was one he won’t forget. He threw 80 total pitches with 57 for strikes and only allowed one walk. He was efficient and started ahead of batters. Of the 20 batters he faced on Sunday, he threw a first-pitch strike to 20 of them.
Everything was working for Franklin and it helped Gering win third place at the tournament. PVC is now 2-1-1 after the first week of the season, earning wins over Chadron and Sidney, falling to Alliance and tying the Buckley Bombers in the first game of the tournament.
For the season, Franklin has pitched 8 2/3 innings, with a 2.423 earned run average with 13 strikeouts. He has only walked four batters in his two starts.
At the plate, Franklin has scored three runs and batted in two in 15 plate appearances.
PVC has two more games this week, traveling to Sidney on Wednesday and hosting its twin-city rival, the WESTCO Zephyrs on Thursday.