Church softball tourney heating up

Friday, June 24, 2005
Bible Presbyterian's Andrew Robertson makes it home safely. (T-G Photo by Danny Parker)

Trailing 25-17 entering their final at bat in the Church Softball League Tournament, Edgemont Baptist's season looked to be on its last leg.

After retiring the first batter for Edgemont, Bible Presbyterian could feel the excitement of staying alive for at least one more game.

It wasn't until four hits, a walk and an error later that Bible Presbyterian gathered the second out of the inning. It could not have come sooner as Edgemont had just closed to lead to 25-24.

The top of the batting order rolled back around for Edgemont though and they reeled of seven consecutive hits.

When the dust cleared, an eight-run deficit had turned into a 30-25 advantage for Edgemont.

Bible Presbyterian answered right back as Eric Anderton doubled and came around to score to highlight a five-run rally of their own to tie the game at 30-all and send matters to extra innings.

Taylor Gannon walked and plated the eventual game-winning run for Edgemont as part of a five-run eighth as Bible Presbyterian ran out of gas in the bottom half of the inning.

With the 35-31 victory, Edgemont Baptist advances to face Churches of Wheel tonight at 6:30 at Never Rest Park.

Here are the rest of the results and statistical leaders from Thursday's action as provided by the league:

Southside Church of Christ 13 (Craig Tracy had four hits; Drew Wright had three hits), Churches of Shelbyville 3 (Michael Owens tripled and singled).

Edgemont Baptist 35 (Derrick Layne hit for the cycle; Danny Rucker and Eric Hunt had four hits; Derrick Martin, Jon Hutson and Mitch Smith had three hits; Whitt Ross singled twice and homered), Bible Presbyterian 31 (Eddie Warrick had six hits; David Garland homered and doubled; Andrew Robertson and Jeff Bonner had three hits).

Southside Baptist 20 (Brad McGee had four hits; Heath Petty homered and singled; Ryan Lawell, Jason Reese, Eric Henson and Chris Nelson had three hits), Churches of Unionville 15 (Roger Burrahm doubled twice, homered and singled; Dan Reed, Hollis Paschal and Josh Burrahm had three hits; Bobby Peacock homered and doubled; Willie Douglas homered and singled).