STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - The Stevens Point softball team is 10-0 on the year and junior pitcher Kelly Franks is responsible for nine of those wins. None were more important than the Panthers' latest three games. Franks held Chippewa Falls to one hit in a rematch of last year's state championship, then combined to throw a no hitter against Kimberly and held on for a 4-3 win over Kenosha Bradford.
"I couldn't have definitely done that without my teammates, especially my catcher," Franks said. "We've been pitching and catching together for a really long time. It's really great to have these girls together. Like I said, when you have these girls together there's no better confidence booster than them."
"We knew that she had big game ability and now it's her time to shine and she's doing a great job of it," said SPASH head coach Tom Drohner.
Through her nine wins, Franks has allowed just 17 hits and five runs in 56 innings and has a staggering .5 E-R-A
"Well, you know what you're going to get from her every time, she's real consistent," Drohner said. "You know you're going to be in every game when she's pitching. From a confidence standpoint that gives everybody a lot of confidence in here and I've got a ton of it. Obviously that's a huge position to be good at and we've got one of the best."
Franks is pleased with her accomplishments so far this year, but says her work won't mean much unless her team gets back to the state championship
"It's definitely a big confidence booster and we just hope that we can come back and keep doing the same," Franks said. "You don't look at the games after the next game. It's always that game and we focus on that game only."
Online Reporter - Sean Giggy