Elite Aces re­turn from Coop­er­stown

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHA­KEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

The wins and losses are al­ways fun but they’re not go­ing to re­mem­ber their record when they went to Coop­er­stown at 12 (years old) they’re go­ing to re­mem­ber the mem­o­ries they made.

Don­nie Coe

Elite Aces head coach

Af­ter a week in Coop­er­stown the 12- U Elite Aces have re­turned to New­ton County, al­though not as cham­pi­ons, but as a team that com­peted at an ex­tremely high level – with some suc­cess – and plenty of mem­o­ries.

The Elite Aces fin­ished their week in Coop­er­stown ranked 38th out of 104 teams. They came just one win away from mak­ing it into the top 16.

“They played well. The league was awe­some. We all stayed in the bar­racks to­gether, just tons of mem­o­ries and sto­ries. The kids will have life­time mem­o­ries from now,” head coach Don­nie Coe said. “I could not be more proud. The games we won were against very, very tough teams.”

“It was just a great ex­pe­ri­ence for a 12-year old boy to be go­ing out there and spend that much time with your friends and then par­ents had an op­por­tu­nity to watch their kids play.”

The team was able to win three games against teams from Ten­nessee, Colorado and Utah.

Ten­nessee

Ar­guably the most dra­matic game of their tour­na­ment, the Elite Aces edged their Ten­nessee coun­ter­parts 6- 5, in a strong come­back win.

Down 5- 2 headed to the top of the sixth, the light at the end of the tun­nel was grow­ing dim. Koby Dunn, how­ever, pro­vided the LED light bulb that lit up the rest of the tour­na­ment.

Af­ter scor­ing one run to make it 5-3, in a scene sim­i­lar to a movie – ac­tu­ally quite sim­i­lar to the film Ma­jor League – with two outs, Gar­rett Mitchell and JT Webb stood pat on base. Dunn put down a two-run sin­gle to give his team the lead and even­tu­ally the game.

Webb pitched four in­nings and Jordan Pace came in and fin­ished the game.

Colorado

Against the Di­a­mond Club from Colorado, the Elite Aces didn’t leave the game to chance, as they won 8-5.

Dunn pitched the first five in­nings and Dy­lan Coe recorded the save. Webb led the team of­fen­sively, ac­count­ing for four of its runs, as he pounded a two- run homer and a two- run dou­ble in the game.

Utah

In yet an­other close one, the Elite Aces pulled out a 2-1 vic­tory against a club from Utah.

Tate Marks pitched a com­plete game, al­low­ing the only run scored. Webb recorded a RBI and Dy­lan Coe drove in Sean Poe for the win­ning run.

Coop­er­stown

They didn’t win it all, but they come back to Cov­ing­ton with the mem­o­ries of a life­time. Don­nie Coe added that the play­ers traded pins with other teams and it was a goal of each player to col­lect ev­ery team’s pin.

“The wins and losses are al­ways fun, but they’re not go­ing to re­mem­ber their record when they went to Coop­er­stown at 12 ( years old). They’re go­ing to re­mem­ber the mem­o­ries they made,” he said. “Right now it’s just about hav­ing and learn­ing the game and mak­ing these life­long mem­o­ries.”

While there, the team had the op­por­tu­nity to visit the Coop­er­stown Hall of Fame. Don­nie Coe said the en­tire city is built around base­ball and that it was a re­ally unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We went up against teams that re­cruit play­ers from hours away that don’t even prac­tice to­gether, they just show up on week­ends to play to­gether,” Don­nie Coe said. “Our kids they com­peted well, we rep­re­sented our­selves well, as far as the play­ing goes. I couldn’t have been more proud.”

Sub­mit­ted photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

Front row left to right: Parker Daniel, Dy­lan Coe, Tate Marks, Clay­ton Carter, Grayson Hop­kin. Mid­dle row: Jordan Pace, Sean Poe, Gar­rett Mitchell, JT Webb, Daw­son Christo­pher, Koby Dunn. Back row: Don­nie Coe and Jeremy Webb

Sub­mit­ted photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

Left to right: coach Jeremy Webb, Tate Marks, Parker Daniel, Clay­ton Carter, Gar­rett Mitchell, Koby Dunn, JT Webb, um­pire Janet Thomas, Daw­son Christo­pher, Sean Poe, Jordan Pace, Grayson Hop­kins, Dy­lan Coe, coach Don­nie Coe. The Elite Aces’ home­run lead­ers of the week were JT Webb, who hit three home runs, and Tate Marks, who hit one home run. The team vis­ited the Coop­er­stown Hall of Fame while they were in the city.

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