ANTIOCH – Friendship Christian used an early season opportunity to flex its muscle in a Division II-A East/Middle softball matchup Tuesday evening.
The Lady Commanders strung together 29 hits to cruise to a 21-2 victory over host Ezell-Harding.
“Any time you have a district game, they are always tough, but any time you can get out to a lead in the first inning, it cuts the tension and you’re ready to play the rest of the night,” Friendship Christian coach Jody Atwood said.
Friendship Christian got out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning after its first seven batters reached base with a string of consecutive singles. The Lady Commanders added two more runs in the second before the Lady Eagles (11-7, 3-3) got on the board with an RBI double from Rachel Batson to make it 6-2 after two innings.
Friendship Christian (17-3, 5-0) poured on nine runs in the third inning and six in the fourth to bring the game to an end after four innings.
Catcher Courtney Miles led the way for the Lady Commanders, going 3-for-3 with a game-high four RBIs.
“I was hoping I would have a good night,” Miles said. “It really boosts our confidence. We wanted this game to be remembered and it worked.”
“Friendship is a well-oiled machine,” Ezell-Harding coach Tyler Sadler said. “We’re a very young team and through that we have to grow up. Sometimes part of growing up is playing tough teams and having to work through that.”
Courtney Petty earned the win for Friendship Christian, allowing just three hits.
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