Whited’s bat, arm leads Lady Commanders to sectional

Staff Reports • Updated May 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Tana Whited’s two-run bomb in the first inning was all she needed Friday as she held visiting Battle Ground Academy to a single in a 5-0 victory for Friendship Christian in the East-Middle Region tournament.

Whited allowed only a second-inning bloop single to right field and a walk while striking out 11. Her blast over the Collegiate Commanders sign in left-center field staked her to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Annalise Jarnigan walked in the second and advanced on Kaylee Davenport’s sacrifice bunt. She was held at third base by coach Jody Atwood on Sarah Hall’s single but scored moments later on a double steal. Brooke Eakes’ double to left-center field made it 4-0.

Hall was hit by a pitch in the fourth, moved up on Eakes’ second double and scored on Kelsi Dickey’s sacrifice fly to left field.

The Lady Commanders climbed to 26-12 and will travel to Davidson Academy at 7 p.m. Monday. The four remaining teams will advance to the sectional with seeding based on the rest of the regional [just like the Division I district basketball tournament]. Monday’s winners will host a best-of-three sectional while the loser will have go on the road.

Watertown wears out RBS 15-0

WATERTOWN — Watertown scored in all four at-bats Friday as the Tigerettes opened the District 8-A softball tournament with a 15-0 win over Red Boiling Springs in what may have been their final game at Three Forks Park.

The Tigerettes scored four runs in each of the first two innings, four in the third and one in the fourth as they accumulated 13 hits.

Tiffany Tomlinson held Red Boiling Springs to three hits and no walks while striking four five in four innings.

Shelby Hamlet drove in four runs and homered for Watertown. Tomlinson and Leanna Warren each knocked in two scores on a pair of hits, including a double for Tomlinson.

Bailey Griffin and Mallory Josey doubled as they and Emily Gleason had two hits each.

Watertown will travel to Hartsville on Monday for a 7 p.m. game against Gordonsville as the tournament continues.

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