Eagles travel to Cosby for regional opener

Franklin County senior catcher Jack Mitzel (middle) stands for the National Anthem at last week’s game against Lord Botetourt at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.

CHESTERFIELD—Franklin County’s baseball team takes a nine-game winning streak into its Class 6 Region A quarterfinal-round contest today against a familiar foe.

The opponent: Cosby’s Titans.

The Eagles (11-1), who won nine of 10 games against Blue Ridge District opposition en route to claiming the championship in their first year in the league, have faced the Titans (11-1) in past regular-season campaigns and in postseason match-ups.

The last time the two teams squared off was in the Class 6 Region B semifinals in 2018 with a berth in the state tournament resting in the balance. Cosby was victorious, 2-1.

Cosby is the No. 2 seed from the West and FCHS is the No. 3 seed from the West.

Three regional tournament games were scheduled to be contested Thursday afternoon: No. 1 East seed Grassfield vs. No. 4 East seed Landstown; No. 2 East seed Ocean Lakes vs. No. 3 East seed Western Branch; and No. 1 West seed Thomas Dale vs. No. 5 East seed Floyd Kellam.

If the Eagles defeat the Titans, they would face the Thomas Dale-Floyd Kellam winner in the semifinals next week.

For FCHS to play its semifinal at home, the Eagles must win and Floyd Kellam must win.