The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 20, 2014

Carthage's Franklin set to play baseball at FSCC

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Carthage Tigers’ senior class was loaded with talented baseball players last year.

However, Carthage coach Mike Godfrey said then-junior Gabe Franklin was a key ingredient to a team that finished 21-2 in 2013.

“Last year, we had a very mature and talented group of seniors,” Godfrey said. “They were a talented group, and they did their business. But Gabe brought a spark to that team that was needed. This year, I look forward to him bringing that again and being a good leader.

“The main thing that sets Gabe apart is his competitive edge and confidence.”

After Franklin (6-foot, 180 pounds) finishes his senior season for Carthage, he looks to take that edge to Fort Scott Community College. Carthage’s senior middle infielder signed his letter of intent with the Greyhounds baseball program on Wednesday at Carthage High School.

“I loved the coaching staff and the facilities,” Franklin said. “It’s a small town, so there won’t be any distractions. It will be a good place to build from.”

Franklin, who is the son of Chris and Roeshal Franklin, was named first-team all-district and second-team all-conference as a junior. The three-sport athlete also has been a team captain for the Tigers’ football and basketball teams.

“I think Gabe will be a quality infielder for Fort Scott,” Godfrey said. “He’s strong defensively, and he’s got a good bat. He’s a gap hitter who shows occasional power. Last year, he did a great job of getting on base and showing good plate discipline.”

Fort Scott finished 40-17 overall and 22-13 in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. Under the direction of head coach John Hill, the Greyhounds have won at least 40 games in two of the past three seasons.

But before Franklin turns his attention toward college, he said he is hoping for a strong senior season at Carthage.

“We lost a lot of leadership from last year’s team,” Franklin said. “That only leaves room for improvement. We have the potential. We just need to show everyone what we can do.”

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