Patrick Obley Staff writer @fo_pmo

Freedom Christian batter Molly Montgomery stared down Village Christian pitcher Haley Borcicky, then pulled a full-count offering so foul that it went over the Patriots’ dugout and into the parking lot above Freedom Field.

She did it again. And again.

For 15 pitches, she battled. Borcicky’s 16th offering proved to be just a bit inside. Moments later, Montgomery would score the mercy run of a 10-0 victory in the opening round of the NCISAA Class 2-A state softball tournament.

“Our girls take great pride in being disciplined,” Freedom coach Elmer Mason said. “That’s on the girls. We preach it, but they hit the ball, they catch the ball, they throw the ball and they run the bases and pitch it.”

The takedown of city rival Village Christian was a microcosm of the Patriots’ 20-4 season — relentless at-bats, daring base-running and a good defense behind pitcher Miranda McKoy.

“Freedom exposes you in your weak areas,” Village coach Mike Sublett said. “They know where your weak fielders are and know how to get it there. They’re very disciplined at the plate and they have a couple of runners that will take chances.”

Case in point, leadoff batter Makenzie Mason.

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