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Two walk-off wins in DII-A finals
MURFREESBORO -- Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders endured two gut-wrenching wins in the Division II-A softball finals to wrestle the 2015 state championship away from The King's Academy Friday afternoon at Starplex.

Courtney Petty led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk-off solo home run to lift her team to a 3-2 victory over the Lady Lions Friday morning in the first game of the finals and forced the "if necessary" game later that day.

Down in the count 0-2, Jordan Burton's two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth handed FCS an 11-10 win and delivered the state title to the local private school.

"It was up and inside," Burton said about the pitch. "I'd been struggling and I knew 0-2 I had to swing if it was close. I was hoping for a ground ball in the hole, but I got more than I asked for. She had been pitching me outside all doy, so I crowed the plate a little and was able to fight it off."

FCS led 4-0 early, only to see The King's Academy come clawing back.

Tana White tied the game at 7-all with a solo homer in the seventh, sending the contest into extra innings,

King's took an 8-7 lead in the ninth on a solo home run by Taylor Weekly, only to see Brice Dabbs drill a two-out home run in the bottom of the inning to again extend the game.

FCS misplayed a flyball in the top of the 10th opening the gates for TKA to take a 10-8 lead, only to see the Lady Commanders tie it on a two-run single by Whited and win the championship on Burton's hit.

Friendship Christian ended the season 37-9 overall while The King's Academy went home 32-14.

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