Coble signs with Martin Methodist

Friday, April 22, 2016
Bottom row from left is, CJ Coble, Martin Methodist assistant coach Samantha Wilson, Carson Coble, Leanne Coble and Cameron Coble. Back row from left is CHS assistant principal Morgan Sanders and Cornersville coaches Eric Crabtree, Timmy Hopkins, and Mike Wortham. Photo by Laura Osborne

Come the fall of 2016 Marshall County will send off another great athlete on to the college ranks when Cornersville's Carson Coble will venture one county over to join the highly esteemed Martin Methodist softball team at the small Pulaski college.

Coble, who shined on both the hardwood and the diamond, has been instrumental in leading the Lady Dawgs to within striking distance of a number two seed in the upcoming district tournament and has been on the field for over 50 Cornersville wins during her five-year playing career.

The point guard in basketball and third baseman/catcher in softball chose Martin Methodist because of the upward trajectory of the softball program and the proximity to home base.

'Close to home'

"Martin seemed like the best opportunity for me because it's close to home and they're doing really well this season," Coble, who has suited up for the varsity ream since eighth grade said. "I'm hoping that I can get in there and work hard and maybe get a lot of playing time. Their program is well developed. I hope I can go in there and give the best that I have."

The RedHawks softball program is having a record setting 2016 season, winning a school best 42 wins with the record coming in a sweep over Alabama A&M, a NCAA Division I opponent.

Martin Methodist is also ranked in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll (No. 13) for the first time since 2010 with a signature win over second ranked Auburn-Montgomery and have been nearly unstoppable in Pulaski with a 22-3 home record.

Cornersville third baseman Carson Coble scoops up a ground ball before firing to first base for an out. Photo by George "Pap" Warren

Hard worker

"I think (Carson) will have a quick transition to the college game because of the work ethic she already has instilled in her," CHS coach Eric Crabtree, who has coached Coble since 7th grade, said. "In my opinion, nobody will ever outwork Carson. She's gonna be here when nobody else is. She's gonna stay longer than anyone else. She's gonna work her tail off and she's probably one of the best utility players that we've had come through here in a while."

While coach Crabtree is most certainly a fan of Coble, the senior leader also realizes it takes a few special people in life to make the journey from high school athletics to signing a college scholarship.

"You always have coaches that are hard on you and make you want to quit, but you just have to stick it out," Coble stated. "Really Danny Hollingsworth is the basis of my softball career. And Timmy (Hopkins) is really good with encouraging me and of course coach Crabtree and Gumby (Mike Wortham), they've always been there for me and told me what's my best opportunity. Coach Crabtree is very good at keeping up with stats and letting me know at the end of the day what needs to be done better."

Parental push

"But my parents have been my biggest influence," Coble added. "Pushing me and guiding me to be the best that I can be."

Coble also realizes that the college experience can't be all about softball and plans to hit the books early and often to ensure a healthy transition from high to the college ranks.

"I'm a student before softball player," Coble said. "I'm taking classes over the summer so I hope that will give me a good foundation starting at Martin. My first semester there I hope to get focused on the books and then go ahead and get to the library and make friends with my professors."

Carson Coble (center) is all smiles as she stands with her Cornersville softball teammates at her signing on Monday. Photo by Laura Osborne

The RedHawks graduate nine players off of the record setting 2016 team, giving Coble a great chance to come in and contribute early and coach Crabtree thinks the unselfish attitude his catcher has always had will give her one up on the competition.

"I look back to the fact that we did not have a catcher two years ago and Carson stepped up and said-- 'I'll catch. I've never tried it before but I'll do it if you need me too'--and she caught and did great," Crabtree said. "She'll do anything you ask."