Winchester/Cowan finishes third
Little League All-Star action started up on Saturday in Estill Springs with young athletes from Winchester, Cowan and Estill competing in a 6-8 Coach Pitch tournament.
There were three teams total in the bracket with Cowan and Winchester combining for one squad while the other spots in the brackets were taken by Estill Springs and Tullahoma.
The Franklin County teams faced each other to start the day with Estill Springs picking up a 10-2 victory over Winchester/Cowan in the double-elimination bracket.
Estill Springs got off to a fast start with five runs in the bottom of the first, hitting the maximum offensive output for a single frame in Coach Pitch games.
Winchester/Cowan pushed across its first run in the top of the second, but a five-run third from Estill Springs would bring the lead up to 10-1.
Winchester/Cowan would push across one more run before taking the loss by eight to move into the bottom bracket.
Estill Springs would immediately advance to face Tullahoma in the semifinals of the bracket.
Tullahoma scored multiple runs in every frame as Estill Springs was not able to answer back in the 16-0 loss.
This set up a rematch between Winchester/Cowan and Estill Springs in the bottom bracket with a spot in the championship round on the line.
Estill Springs, playing the away team for the game, jumped out to an early lead and led by as many as four runs in the middle innings.
However, a five-run fifth inning by Winchester/Cowan would give the team an 8-6 lead going into the final inning.
Estill Springs’ players didn’t fold under the pressure as a five-run frame in the top of the sixth put them back ahead by an 11-8 margin. Winchester/Cowan once again answered back with another three runs to force the contest into extra innings.
Estill Springs would ultimately put up five runs in the top of the seventh and held the opposition scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to secure the 16-11 victory.
The players for Estill Springs rode their momentum into the championship game as they hung five runs on Tullahoma in the top of the first to jump ahead early.
After being held to one run through the first two innings, Tullahoma broke through for five runs in the bottom of the third and added two more runs in the fourth to take an 8-5 lead.
The game would be put out of reach in the bottom of the fifth as Tullahoma scored three more runs to give Estill Springs an 11-5 defeat.
The members of the Estill Springs 6-8 Coach Pitch team were Gideon Carr, Abel Amacher, Decklan Kelley, Brently Weddington, Winter Wells, Colton Lane Burch, Landon McGee, Weston Rinkes, Carter Hannah, Camden Ruff, Bryant Stines and Hutson Ricketts.
The members of the Winchester/Cowan 6-8 Coach Pitch were Parks Knapper, Finnley Brown, Jacob Sons, Andrew Boswell, Mayson Cates, Woods McGill, Frank McGill, Braxton Durm, Peyton Mason, Bo Jackson, Bentley Sells and Trace Floyd.