F.F.B. captures  pair of wins in  Church League

By Wes Holtsclaw

   The First Freewill Baptist Church softball squad came out rolling and left with a complete sweep.
   Backed behind the solid hitting of Ryan Casey and Lance Dugger, the team won back-to-back outings against Valley Forge Christian (14-2) and Big Springs Baptist (7-6) in local church league play on Tuesday night.
   Valley Forge Christian won the opener, defeating Harmony Baptist 20-0.
   In the final contest between First Freewill and Big Springs, a comeback rally led by Big Springs sluggers Kevin Burchfield and Jon Whitson was stalled in the seventh inning by solid defense from First Freewill.
   Big Springs Baptist opened the game with a single from Jeff Hutchins, before Jason Hyder ripped a two-run shot to take a lead.
   First Freewill got on board in the second inning after a singles from Jeremy Hollowell and Weston Peters, before David Dykes brought in an RBI single to cut the score in half.
   Burchfield and Whitson came around with back-to-back doubles in the third inning for Big Springs, with a sacrificed fly from Hyder scoring Burchfield.
   Ryan Casey followed with a single for First Freewill, scoring on a Dugger triple.
   Neither team scored in the fourth inning, but the fifth was a different story. Hutchins opened with a single for Big Springs and, just like the first inning, was driven in by a two-run shot from Hyder.
   First Freewill Baptist wouldn't lay down, as a strong scoring run led by a singles from Curtis and Bowers, a Casey triple and a big Dugger two-run homer.
   Back-to-back doubles from Michael Morrell and Jon Holder gave First Freewill a 7-5 lead into the seventh.
   Burchfield and Whitson singled for Big Springs in the inning, while a walk to Hyder brought a run across the plate. However, a foul catch gave the victory to First Freewill.
   First Freewill Baptist 14
   Valley Forge Christian 2
   RBI singles from Tim Gouge and Jake Jenkins gave Valley Forge Christian a 2-0 lead to open the second contest of the evening, but solid hitting from David Bowers and Michael Morrell helped First Freewill Baptist pull out their first win of the day.
   First Freewill got rolling in the third inning after singles from Terry Lewis and Ryan Casey. An errored shot from Bowers brought across two runs before Morrell singled in Bowers.
   They kept going in the fourth when David Dykes doubled and scored on an errored play from Lewis and became too much to handle in the fifth inning with hits from Bowers, Morrell, Holder, Hollowell, Dykes, Curtis, with home runs from Casey and Dugger.
   Perry Ward led Valley Forge with three singles.
   Valley Forge Christian 20
   Harmony Baptist 0
   Valley Forge Christian rang up 11 runs in the first inning, then scored nine runs in the final two frames to take a shutout victory against Harmony Baptist.
   Perry Ward led Christian with a three of four outing, while Thomas Jenkins and Tim Gouge added two hits a piece. Jonah Berry had the biggest impact for Valley Forge with two two-run triples during the game.
   Ronnie Hicks took the victory on the mound, backed behind superb defense from Roger Hammonds and company.
   Tony Guy, Mikey Gilbert and Derik Thomas all had a hit for Harmony Baptist.