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Key to success for Franklin baseball is written in dirt

EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM) - The Franklin baseball team has advanced to the UIL Regional Quarterfinals and the Cougars have done so in dominating fashion. After dropping their first game in the playoffs to Midland Lee, Franklin has reeled off four consecutive wins, outscoring their opponents 34-7 in the process.

"Two out hitting has been huge for us," said head coach Ruben Munoz. "This past series in the first game, four of our five runs came with two outs. It's something that has been contagious."

Franklin went 9-3 this season in District 1-6A play and the Cougars have played in a number of close games, relying on pitching, defense, and trusting one-another to come out on top.

"We've been gelling really well together and we all get along, especially going this far in the playoffs," said senior pitcher Branden Voytko. "We all have that chemistry. We love playing with each other."

The key to their success is written in the dirt.

"One thing the kids adopted the second week of districts is a have fun mentality," said Munoz. "Before every game, they'll write it in the dirt in front of our dugout. If we're on the road, they'll write, 'have fun' with a bat in the dirt."

The Cougars will play Keller in a best of three series, but for this team, the opponent has never mattered.

"We just have to keep playing as well as we have been and keep working," said Voytko "We don't worry about who we are playing. We are really just playing against the ball. It doesn't really matter who is on the other side."

Game one in Midland, Texas will be played Friday at 6 PM MT.


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