The two most dominant teams in men’s Church League softball continued their great play on Tuesday night at Warren County Fairgrounds.
The Church Boys, who finished 9-1 in winning the Men’s B division regular season championship, exploded late to defeat First Baptist 21-8.
The Christian Warriors did the same as a 19-run sixth inning helped the team win 31-9 over Madison Street.
The Church Boys’ offense was nonexistent for the first four innings as the team fell behind 7-1 against First Baptist.
Corey Warden helped First Baptist build a six-run lead with a two-run home run in the fourth inning.
A five-run fifth inning, led by two-run doubles from Andrew Sims and Brett Simmons, brought the Church Boys within one.
The Church Boys broke out the big bats in the sixth inning. Tyler Hillis and Sims each blasted two-run home runs to help the team take a 13-7 lead.
Only getting one run in the bottom of the sixth, along with a close call at third on a line drive going against Clay Talbert in the sixth, seemed to deflate First Baptist.
The Church Boys finished off a big comeback with eight more runs in the seventh, capped off by two-run doubles from Simmons and Benny Jones.
Simmons, Sims, Houston Simons and Kyle Fisher led the Church Boys with four hits each. The team advanced into the winner’s bracket finals, where it will face First Assembly next Monday at 8 p.m.
Warden was 4-for-4 with four RBIs for First Baptist. First Baptist fell into the loser’s bracket, where it faced Unworthy last night. Scores weren’t available at press time.
The Christian Warriors found Madison Street to be a tough opponent for five innings, but the sixth inning proved to be the difference.
Entering the sixth leading 12-9, the Warriors sent 23 batters to the plate and scored 19 runs. Jason Pelham hit the team’s fourth home run in the sixth, a two-run shot to make it 23-9 midway through the inning.
Pelham, Jason Jacobs, Jeff Ferguson and Cole Delong all homered as the Christian Warriors advanced to the semifinals in the Men’s A division tournament, where it faced Morrison last night.
Jordan Elkins hit two home runs for Madison Street, while Cody Young added a solo shot.
In other action
First Assembly moved one win away from the Men’s B division tournament finals by defeating Providence 19-6 Tuesday night.
Providence was trying to keep its Cinderella run through the “B” division tournament alive after upsetting the No. 2 seed in its first game, but First Assembly had a 10-2 lead after three innings.
Home runs by Chad Young and Denney Vaughn in the fourth and fifth innings helped First Assembly build enough of a lead to run rule Providence after the fifth inning.
Vaughn and Bubba Lee led First Assembly with four hits each.
Tyler Klasek hit two home runs for Providence, while Clark Love added a solo home run.
The Believers eliminated Central from the Men’s A division tournament Tuesday night with a 22-7 victory.
A 10-run third, highlighted by Scott Harrell’s two-run home run, was enough to keep the Believers alive in the tournament.
Jeff Cantrell, Tyler Cantrell, Blake Welden and Josh Alford had three hits each for the Believers.
Andy Southard had a two-run home run for Central in the team’s final game.