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SOFTBALL -- Friendship 5, TRA 2

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Brooke Eakes / S. Wampler photo

Lady Commanders slug three HRs
LEBANON -- Riding the long ball, Friendship Christian's softball team took a big step toward a return to the TSSAA Spring Fling with a solid 5-2 victory over Tipton-Rosemark Academy in Wednesday's opening game of the Division II-A sectional.

The Lady Commanders and Tipton-Rosemark were set to play Thursday at 2 p.m. followed by the "if necessary" game at 4 p.m. Admission is $7 per person as set by the TSSAA.

FCS needs just one win to have another crack at repeating as state champions. For results of that game, please visit wilsonpost.com.

Coach Jody Atwood's crew cracked three homers, two by 2015 Miss Softball Courtney Miles.

The FCS catcher belted two-run homers in the bottom of the third and fifth innings while third baseman Riley Walker boomed a solo blast of her own in the fifth.

"It seems like we've been living by the home run all year," Atwood said. "Courtney rises to the occasion in big games. She wants to be in the batter's box in clutch situations and she came through in a big way. Riley is the same way."

Tipton-Rosemark (23-17) took an early 1-0 lead when Taylor Beasley led off the game with a bloop double down the leftfield line, thend scored two batters later when Rachel Whitley banged a triple off the wall in right.

FCS (35-8-1) countered with two in the third as winning pitcher Courtney Petty tripled to lead off the inning, then her courtesy runner scored ahead of a Miles homer.

Petty, who went the distance, striking out 10 and scattering five hits despite opening up a nasty strawberry on her slide into third.

All five Rebel hits came at the top of the lineup as Petty held the bottom five hitless.

The Lady Commanders finished with 13 hits, two each by Petty, Brooke Eakes, Miles, Brice Dabbs and Annalise Jarnigan.

Atwood said his club would have continue to play at a high level in order to advance to next week's state tournament.

"This was one game," Atwood said, "we've got to win another one. I know we're going to get a good effort from the team in the other dugout. We've got to do the same.

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