When LesLeigh Tabor was a young girl, she’d sit at home and watch Roy Williams coach the North Carolina men’s basketball team.
Playing so many close ballgames has Franklin coach Tim Hawkins joking about dealing with the stress.
“I’m about 10 years older than when I started the season,” he said, laughing.
Despite preparing for Pisgah’s ace pitcher for two practices, Franklin struggled at the plate. The Panthers managed only one hit off Madison Whitted and lost Friday’s home softball game 2-0.
Coming off its best hitting game of the season, Franklin’s softball team is ready for a showdown for supremacy in the conference.
In the first meeting between the Franklin and Smoky baseball teams, it was the Panthers who won by one run on a walk-off hit. In the second meeting, the Mustangs returned the favor.