VALDOSTA -- From the wonderful world of sports, two softball teams brought Freedom Park its own Home Run Derby.
That's perhaps the best way to describe the game between the Church A and Open B All-Stars Tuesday night. The teams combined for 35 home runs, and by the end of the night, 64 runs had crossed the plate in nine innings of softball.
The Church A All-Stars defeated Open B 39-25 in Tuesday's showdown, which had been postponed from last week by weather. Also Tuesday, the Open C All-Stars topped the Church C All-Stars 24-18
Church A scored 21 runs in the final three innings to pull away from its opponents. For the game, the winning team hit 22 home runs.
The question was not so much who homered in the game, as who didn't. Of Church A's 12 hitters, 10 went deep, while seven of 10 Open B hitters cleared the fence at least once.
The game's MVP plaque went to Church A's David Day, who hit four home runs and a double in his five at-bats, with six RBIs.
Church A's other big boppers were Billy Lilis and Ronny Harrell, who homered three times each, and Kyle Cowart, Dirk Harrell, Tommy Luke, Joey Parker and Payton Guess, who hit two homers each. Jason Garner and Pat Heel homered once.
For Open B, Jerry Ganas, Kiley Johnson and Alan Watson launched three home runs each. Joe Jackson, Dee Staten and Bit Hufstetler also homered.
Open B's Will Watson did something slightly more unique-- he hit for the cycle, with a triple, double and single, respectively, in his first three at-bats, and a home run in the seventh inning.
Open B actually led during the early innings, by as much as 14-6. But Church B climbed back in the game with a five-run third, four-run fourth and three-run fifth, while holding Open B scoreless in the fourth and fifth, for an 18-14 lead. Then the Church B offense exploded for their 21 late runs, and their victory was sealed.
Open C 24, Church C 18
Mike Edwards won game most valuable player honors with his 5-for-5, six-RBI night to help Open C's comeback win.
Edwards also scored three runs. His three-run home run in a five-run fourth tied the game at 7-7 after Church C had taken a 6-1 lead after one inning.
After Church C retook the lead, 9-7, with a two-run fifth, Open C scored five runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to take the lead for good. Both teams survived a wild ninth inning, with Open C scoring seven runs in the top half of the inning and Church C responding with five runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Leaoff hitter Ken Lawlor also went 5-for-5 with two runs scored. Adam Brock added a 4-for-5, four-RBI night. Mike Cannington added three hits with five runs and three RBIs. Matt Mink had three hits and three RBIs, while Lloyd Dumas was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Ryan Crawford had three hits with two runs scored.
Travis Pate led Church C with a 4-for-4 night. He scored four runs and drove home two more. Adam Steel had four hits and three RBIs, Justin Northcutt four hits with two runs scored. Greg Smith (two hits) scored four runs, Billy Hamilton (two hits) scored three runs.
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