Thursday night proved to be an exciting one on the diamond for the two church teams battling it out at the Highlands County Sports Complex for the number one spot this season.
The I.C.J. Cardinals and Bible Fellowship Church 2 took the field and played a competitive, close game.
The tournament game remained tied 1 - 1 until the third inning, when Bible Fellowship Church 2 scored three runs.
The Bible Fellowship Church 2 defense proved as good as their offense and they held the Cardinals until the bottom of the fourth, when they scored a run.
That must have given them the drive they needed and in the fifth the Cardinals tied up the game with some powerful hits and they plated a pair of runs.
The final inning brought out their competitive spirits. With a tie score, Bible Fellowship Church 2 knew they had to play hard to win the tournament.
The first hit of the inning was a hard drive to the outfield for a single, Rodney Cole followed with a single to put runners on first and second and a walk loaded the bases.
Justin Stewart singled to score a run and Hank Brady slapped a base hit for an RBI.
Despite some excellent plays and catches from the I.J.C. Cardinal team, Bible Fellowship Church 2 continued the hit parade and took a commanding 10-4 lead.
The Cardinals knew they had a serious challenge ahead and had a couple of hard hits and scored a run. Consecutive fly balls to the outfield ended the game by a final score of 10-5.
Although the I.C.J. Cardinals did not win the tournament, they did receive the league championship for winning the most games this season and will receive a discount on next season's fees.
The Highlands County Sports Complex hosts women's, recreational and church leagues. To find out more about joining a league please call the Highlands County Sports Complex and talk to Bob or Dustin at (863) 402-6755.