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Franklinton victorious over Bolton in Class 4A state playoffs

Franklinton opened the Class 4A state playoffs with a 12-2 victory over Bolton in five innings at home on Tuesday.

Chase Penton singled twice and scored three runs.

Will Turner tallied two hits with two runs batted in and a run scored.

Daylin Sigler singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored a run.

Jordan McKenzie and Rickey Burkhalter both singled twice, had an RBI and a run scored.

Micah Wascom and Trayshun Warren both singled, drove in a run and scored a run.

Ricken Burkhalter, Jaheim Jefferson and D.J. Corkern all scored a run and Banyan Penton drove in a run.

McKenzie pitched all five innings, allowing two runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks.

Franklinton led 3-0 after two innings, but outscored Bolton, 9-2, in fourth and fifth for the “mercy rule” win.

Sixth-seeded Franklinton, which entered the series 23-4, began a three-game series against 11th-seeded Rayne (18-13) on Friday. Game two, and if necessary, game three will take place on Saturday, May 1. Game two will begin at noon. All games are at Franklinton.

Rayne won against No. 22 Pearl River (14-14), 10-0, in six innings.

No. 27 Bolton went 7-17 this season.