MURFREESBORO -- Defending Class A state champion Friendship Christian used a relentless offensive assault to eliminate Summertown 15-10 in the BlueCross Spring Fling Wednesday at Riverdale High School’s Jones Field .
The Commanders (28-7) pounded out 21 hits against a depleted Summertown pitching staff that couldn’t hold a pair of early leads.
With the win Friendship Christian advanced to face Jackson Christian (29-11) in the upper bracket finals at 4 p.m. Thursday.
The Commanders had to defeat JCS twice to earn a spot in Friday’s state championship game -- set for 11 a.m. at Lipscomb University’s Dugan Field.
Friendship Christian kept going to its bullpen until it called on shortstop Lee Maasen.
The sophomore righty slammed the door on Summertown’s offense allowing just one hit with seven strikeouts over the final four inning of play to earn the win.
"I knew we would hit and I just needed to throw strikes," Maasen said.
"We got enough runs and we’ve got a great defensive team. I haven’t pitched hardly at all this year, so it felt great."
While Maasen was stifling the Eagles’ offense, the Commanders were getting in gear scoring two runs in the fourth inning as well as four in the fifth and two more in the sixth inning.
Mitch Miller and Maasen led the way for Friendship Christian offensively by each supplying four hits and two runs batted in.
Jesse Coe added three hits, including a deep home run to lead off the fourth, and three RBIs for the Commanders, while G.L. Waynick (3 RBIs), John Markham (2 runs) and Bryant Alsup (3 runs, 2 RBIs) all supplied two hits.
Summertown, which ended its season at 30-5, was led by Logan Harville and Logan Hendrix with three hits apiece.
"They’re a great ball club," Summertown coach Greg Burleson said.
"We were hitting singles and they were hitting doubles and the ball out of the park. We had a great year. We just faced a team that outhit us tonight and they deserved to win."
EARLIER IN THE DAY, FCS battled back from five runs down to oust Rockwood 7-6.
Miller had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning plating Jeremy Hunley -- who had reached on an intentional walk.
FCS started the rally with two unearned runs in the sixth, then opened the seventh with a walk, a two-base error and another walk.
Coe then hit a two-run double, and designated hitter Dylan Boyd tied it with an RBI single.
OAKLAND 2, MJ 1 -- Tennyson Dodd’s sixth-inning two-out double plated brother William Dodd all the way from first for the go-ahead run as Oakland ousted Mt. Juliet 2-1 Wednesday morning at Mack Hawks Field.
Oakland’s Brett Wilson (11-1) struck out nine in seven innings to earn the victory. After allowing Mt. Juliet’s Tyler Carr to score in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Lance Harrington, Wilson surrendered just two hits the rest of the way, walking none.
Jake Harper took the loss for the Golden Bears, allowing only four hits in six innings.
Mt. Juliet, the District 9AAA champions, finished the season 31-9.