By HockomockSports.com Staff
Franklin senior Jackie Cherry has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for March 31 through April 6. Cherry is the 24th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the first player in the spring season.
Cherry, a senior pitcher, opened the season with a no-hitter against defending division champion King Philip, providing the perfect start for a Panthers squad aiming to get back into postseason contention this spring. Franklin beat the Warriors 2-0 and Cherry was able to shut down one of the most potent lineups in the Hock.
“Jackie had an outstanding outing in our season opener,” said Franklin coach Kate Fallon Comeau. “She showed grit and a great command of her pitches in the circle. Ally Shea’s pitch-calling kept Jackie focused and consistent. I’m excited to see what the future holds for Cherry, she’s worked incredibly hard this off-season.”
On Thursday, Cherry allowed no hits and struck out 10 in a complete game win over the Warriors, who reached the Div. 1 South final last season. She only allowed four baserunners all game, three on walks and one who reached on an error, and continued to battle through a pitcher’s duel against KP starter Faith Turinese. Cherry finished last season with a 3.76 ERA and 77 strikeouts.
The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.