Folkerts pitches FCS middle to 13-1 win

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:18 PM

Josh Folkerts allowed two hits Tuesday as Friendship Christian crushed the visiting Monarchs 13-1 in a four-inning middle-school baseball game.

The Commander bats were silenced in a 4-1 loss in the nightcap.

Folkerts walked one and struck out eight.

Friendship led 4-1 before run-ruling the Monarchs with nine in the bottom of he fourth inning.

Grayson Cole drove in three runs on two singles while Matthew Swann had two RBI on two hits, including a triple. Daniel Lucas lashed three singles and Drew Tatum a double.

Friendship had just one hit, a single by Caleb Farris, in the second game as the Commanders fell to 11-6.

The teams traded second-inning runs with Jackson Cherry crossing the plate for Friendship. The Monarchs took the lead with a run in the third inning and widened the margin with two in the seventh as the visitors finished with six hits.

Addison Fakes took the loss with four innings of work in which he walked six. Chad Holcombe threw the final three frames as each surrendered a pair of scores.

Friendship will travel to Hendersonville for a 5 p.m. doubleheader Friday.

Pitman leads MJCA middle past Harding

NASHVILLE — Mt. Juliet Christian rode the pitching of Alex Pitman to beat host Harding Academy 11-4 in middle-school baseball Saturday.

Pitman struck out 10 in a complete-game outing and also went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Preston Sloan also supplied a pair of hits, including a three-run homer in the third inning, as Mt. Juliet Christian climbed to 7-2 for the season and 4-2 in conference play.

“We got off to somewhat of a slow start,” Mt. Juliet Christian coach Mike Kittrell said. “We made some mistakes in the first inning and then we were able to clean it up after that and pull out a great win.

“We continuously talk about letting some things go and we are getting better at doing that.”

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