It was 25 years ago Franklin County first made it to the state softball tournament, and on Thursday that team was recognized for its accomplishment.
It was 1987, a time when the only high school softball in the state was slow pitch and the state tournament was a single-elimination event.
A ceremony to honor the 1987 FCHS team was held after the varsity game between Franklin County and Western Hills.
Nine members of the 1987 team were at the ceremony – Ami Ellis, Sandy Etherington, Julie Gosney, Lori Hedden, Laura Penn, Susan Riddell, Jill Sutton, Bridget Tingle and Rena Warner – along with two assistant coaches – Joe Karsner and Forrest Banta.
The Lady Flyers were coached by the late Sally Gaines, for whom the FCHS softball field is named and where Thursday’s ceremony took place.
Franklin County began post-season play in 1987 with a 6-5 victory over Jessamine County in its opening district game. Current FCHS head coach Tracy Spickard played on that Jessamine County team.
The Lady Flyers defeated Woodford County 6-1 in the district finals.
In the 10th Region tournament FCHS led off with a 16-2 victory over Burgin, followed by a 6-5 win over Bryan Station.
That set up a rematch with Woodford County in the regional final, and Franklin County won 5-2.
At the state tournament, played in Louisville, the Lady Flyers defeated Ohio County 6-5 then lost to Mercy 9-2, finishing with a 26-5 record.
Mercy went on to win the state tournament.