TDS avoids Apex upset

Friday, June 3, 2011
TDS hurler Carson Coble (10) winds up for a pitch in her team's 10-3 win over Apex Tuesday night in 12U Cal Ripken action at the Richard Cashion Sports Complex in Lewisburg. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

On Tuesday night in 12U Cal Ripken girls action, the orange clad Cornersville TDS squad won 10-3 in four innings, avoiding an upset attempt by Apex from Chapel Hill to remain one game back of first place H&H Communications as the season schedule winds down to next week's games.

H&H and TDS meet next Tuesday night in a game that will most likely decide the regular season title and coaching rights for the upcoming all-star games.

Like every year, gaining the coaching positions for the post-season is a huge and coveted honor, but the position is even bigger this year as the Marshall County Youth Baseball and Softball League will host the 10U and 12U Southeast Region Tournament, beginning on July 21 at the Richard Cashion Complex in Lewisburg.

Apex slugger Samantha King (12) knocks in a run during the third inning versus TDS.

Both squads will not be mandated to play in the state tournament and will receive automatic host bids in to the SE Region event on Bobby Hurt Drive.

The all-star teams will be announced on Friday June 17 during closing ceremonies at the park.

The Boys will close out first at 5:00 p.m., followed by the girls at 6:30.

In Tuesday night's tilt, Kelsie Darnell, Piper Elmore, and Sydney Lampley drew consecutive first inning bases on balls off TDS starter Carson Coble to load the sacks.

Coble retired the next batter on a strikeout before Darnell scampered home on a fielder's choice RBI by Samantha King.

Coble escaped the potential big inning by Apex with a ground ball to Carson Warner at second base to end the inning.

TDS wasted no time with a comeback, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first, beginning with one out walks to Allison Sheroski and Coble, coupled with an error by Apex that proceeded a two-run single by Alliyah Holder.

Holder would come around to score one out later on a run scoring single off the bat of Megan Polk.

The TDS girls added two more tallies in the second inning on a two-run single by Cortney Darnell that scored Hannah Singleton and Coble, who both walked.

Apex fought back, scoring two runs in the top of third as Elmore led off with a walk.

One later, Amanda Patterson drew a base on balls before King singled to score Elmore.

Patterson trotted home on a TDS infield miscue to make it 5-3.

TDS did not score in the bottom of the inning and Coble held firm in the top of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fourth, the floodgates opened wide as TDS crossed home plate five times before time ran out in the ballgame.

Coble, Polk, and Kirston Young all had base on ball RBI's in the frame for the second place squad in the 10-3 win.

Coble earned the complete game win, giving up two hits, while walking eight and striking out four Apex batters.

Darnell stole three bases, walked twice, and scored two times for Apex, while Sheroski scored two runs, walked three times, and made several nice plays in the field at shortstop for TDS.