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June 14, 2013

The Final Four

Stage set for Friday's title games; Dr. Pepper vs. Teco Coal, Athletics vs. Cubs


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

CORBIN — The stage is set for today’s championship double-header as the Corbin Little League will decide its Little League and Minor League Tournament champions.

Thursday’s semifinal games almost went off without a hitch before Dr. Pepper pulled off the upset with a 6-5 win over the top-seed in the Little League field, Davis Salvage. TECO Coal knocked off State Farm, 9-5, in the first semifinal of the evening Thursday. With Thursday’s games in the books, the stage is now set for Friday’s finals between Dr. Pepper and TECO Coal at 8 p.m.

In Minor League action it was the Athletics coming away with a 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks to advance to the finals. They’ll face the Cubs, who are still unbeaten on the year following a 12-3 win over the Red Sox Thursday night.

The Minor League Championship game is schedule for 6 p.m. at Rotary Park.

• TECO Coal 9, State Farm 5

State Farm managed to outhit TECO Coal 10-6 for the game Thursday, but eight runners left on base turned out to be their downfall as the fell, 9-5.

After grabbing a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, TECO added three runs to the margin in the top of the third.

State Farm cut into the lead in the bottom of the third to make the score 4-1, but TECO added three more in the top of the fourth to push the gap to 7-1.

State Farm showed signs of life in the bottom of the fifth when they rallied for three runs to trim the gap to 7-4.

TECO responded in the top of the sixth with two runs to push the lead to 9-4 before State Farm came up with one more chance in the bottom of the sixth. The home team managed one run, but it wasn’t enough in the end as TECO held on for the win.

• Dr. Pepper 6, Davis Salvage 5

Although they managed just one hit in the first inning, a number of Davis Salvage miscues gave Dr. Pepper a 3-0 lead before all was said and done in the inning.

Davis Salvage responded in the bottom of the second with a pair of runs and eventually tied things up in the third inning.

Dr. Pepper struck for two runs in the top of the fourth inning when Boston Hardesty came around to score on a passed ball, followed by an RBI single off the bat of Cameron Hinson to push the gap to 5-3.

Davis Salvage made it a 5-4 game in the bottom of the fifth when Cameron Gilbert came through with an RBI single to score Garner Chandler.

Dr. Pepper added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Hardesty scored on a passed ball for the second time in the game, extending the lead to 6-4 heading to the bottom of the inning.

Zach Faulkner tripled to lead off the inning and eventually scored on a passed ball with one out to trim the gap to 6-5. Christian Gosselin singled to put the potential tying run on base, but Dr. Pepper’s Max Dietz struck Chandler out on three pitches to end the game and send his team to the tournament finals with the 6-5 win.

• Athletics 5, Diamondbacks 3

The Athletics grabbed an early lead and survived a late Diamondbacks’ rally to grab the 5-3 win.

Cody Cox got the start for the Athletics and pitched two and 1/3 innings, holding the Diamondbacks to one hit with three strikeouts in the game. Cox also went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored in the game.

The Diamondbacks scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning to cut the gap to 5-2 and added one more in the fifth to make the score 5-3.

Nick Osborne came on in the sixth and closed things out by striking out the side to earn the save.

• Cubs 10, Red Sox 3

The Cubs’ perfect season is still intact after a 12-3 win over the Red Sox, securing a spot in today’s championship game against the Athletics.

Grant Dickerson, Peyton Addison, Quinton Botner and Will Brock each got the ball at one point as they combined to hold the Red Sox to just three hits in the game. Dickerson, Addison and Botner struck out two batters each.

Botner led the way offensively as well with a 2-for-2 effort at the plate. He added an RBI and three runs scored. Josh Oliver was 2-for-3 at the plate with a team-high three RBIs in the win.