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Coldspring Debs All-Stars win first of three games against Tri-Cities 17-7

July 15, 2018

The Coldspring Debs All-Stars softball team took its first step toward the World Series after defeating the Tri-Cities Debs in the first of three games on July 14 with a final score of 17-7.

The teams are competed in the state tournament, which was held at the Shepherd Youth League ball fields.

The advantage started with the Tri-Cities Debs who led the Coldspring Debs 6-1 at the top of the second inning. However, the Coldspring Debs came back to fall behind 6-5 at the bottom of the second inning.

The Tri-Cities Debs scored one more run in the game for a 7-5 lead at the top of the third. The Coldspring Debs didn’t score a run until the bottom of the fourth inning when two runs were scored to tie the game before Kelsey Richmond put the team ahead 8-7.

Two more runs were scored by Heavan Burleson and Ashley Patterson to end the fourth inning with the Coldspring Debs in the lead 10-7. However, the game didn’t progress past the fifth inning after the Coldspring Debs won through a run rule by scoring seven more runs and winning 17-7.

Coach Lewis Ritchie of the Coldspring Debs says the team did its job in defeating the Tri-Cities Debs.

“They played hard,” he said. “They never gave up.”

The Tri-Cities Debs had the advantage early in the game but this didn’t stop the Coldspring Debs from making a huge comeback to take the first victory.

“They fought the whole game,” said Ritchie.

This victory is part of a best two out of three set between the Coldspring and Tri-City Debs. Whoever wins two games first is set to go to the World Series. Regardless, Ritchie admires his team’s efforts in winning the first game.

“I’m just proud of my girls,” said Ritchie.

jmcadams@hcnonline.com

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