Lady Commanders will defend title
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian earned the right to defend their 2015 state championship by pounding Tipton-Rosemark 13-1 Thursday afternoon in the second game of the TSSAA DII-A sectionals.
The Lady Commanders improved to 36-8-1 on the season and will play either Tuesday at 4 p.m. or Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the opening round of the TSSAA Spring Fling in Murfreesboro.
"To defend your title, you've got to get there," said FCS coach Jody Atwood. "It's been a hard road this season with a lot of ups and downs. I think we're playing good ball right now."
The visiting team on the scoreboard following Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Rebels, FCS wasted no time getting started, hitting Tipton-Rosemark for a three-spot in the top of the first.
"We swung the bats well," Atwood said of his squad's 16-hit attack. "We found some holes and Riley (Walker) had a big day with two homers. Anytime you can get ahead, you've got the opportunity for it to snowball."
Tipton-Rosemark pitched carefully to catcher Courtney Miles, walking her four times after she had drilled a pair of two-run homers the night before.
Hitting behind Miles in the lineup, Walker was more than happy to bat with runners in scoring position, driving in six on a 4-for-4 afternoon with a pair of home runs -- including a solo blast to lead off the fifth inning.
Sydney McCormick and Kennedy West each had two hits and drove in two runs.
Bryan College signee Courtney Petty (23-2) threw a complete game one-hitter, striking out four and walking one.
She also took a line drive off her right ankle in the seventh, after having opened up a huge strawberry on her right leg the night before.
"Courtney has taken a beating," Atwood said, "but she got tougher as the game went along.
"I'm hoping she's going to get healed up before we play next week."