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Top seeds advance in tourney
Corey Warden helped propel First Baptist to an early lead over the Church Boys with a two-run homer before the Church Boys came back to win 21-8. - photo by Jeff Simmons
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.