VALDOSTA -- Seven was the lucky number for Morningside Baptist Thursday night.

Morningside claimed the Recreation and Parks Church B softball league tournament title by winning two games against First Christian Thursday at Freedom Park.

Seven was the number of runs Morningside scored in the bottom of the sixth inning of Game 2 to rally for a 15-14 victory.

And seven was also the number on the back of Scott Willis' jersey when he slammed two three-run homers, the second coming in the deciding sixth inning, and drove in, yes, seven runs.

Morningside was down 13-8, and down to its last six outs heading into their half of the sixth. Craig Jenkins and Jack Taylor started the inning with singles. Then Willis came to the plate, and ripped a towering fly ball to left-center. The ball drifted back, back, and disappeared over the fence for a three-run homer, and the deficit was just 13-11.

Two outs and two singles later, Dan Faircloth tied the score with a single that scored Tim Reaves and Chaz Bowden.

Ashley Tye followed with a double, and when the ball was misplayed, Faircloth scored and Tye took third. Doug Leamon then singled in Tye, and Morningside had the lead, 15-13.

First Christian got a run back in the top of the seventh on Mark Powell's groundout, but could not get the tying run across the plate.

The game had been a see-saw affair most of the way. First Christian scored three runs in the top of the first, then Morningside came back with four in the bottom of the inning. Morningside held a 7-4 lead at one point, but then First Christian scored four times in the fourth and three more in the fifth to grab a 12-8 lead. Then came the bottom of the sixth, when Morningside's bats came to life.

Morningside's Jenkins, Taylor, and Reaves scored three runs each. First Christian's Philip Cochran scored five runs, while Powell scored three.

Morningside had to win two games Thursday, and they claimed the early game, 16-12, to reach the final game.

Morningside scored 13 early runs to grab a commanding 13-2 lead after three innings. First Christian rallied with four runs in the fifth, and three each in the sixth and seventh, but Morningside, which scored twice in the bottom of the sixth, ultimately held off the rally.



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