By JUSTIN RAINS
The District 19-2A-opener didn’t start the way the third-ranked Elkhart baseball team expected it to.
The Elks found themselves down 4-0 to visiting Garrison after four innings in the district opener Tuesday, but showed why they made the trip to Round Rock for the state tournament a season ago.
Elkhart plated three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to earn a 5-4, come-from-behind win at The Backyard.
Elkhart finally got on the board after Hunter Parker reached on an error in the fifth, and was joined on the bases by Brian Johnson, who singled.
Then, the scalding-hot Jacob Cheatham — who earlier this week was named the Swingbuilder Hitter of the Week for Class 2A — plated both Parker and Johnson with a two-run single to cut the Garrison lead in half. Cheatham then came around to score on a fielder’s choice hit by Jordan White to make it 4-3.
Parker relieved Jordan White on the mound to begin the sixth, and in his two innings of work allowed only one baserunner, which came via a walk.
In the sixth, freshman Jackson Adair began the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Alex Flores.
Adair then moved to third on a single by Parker, setting up Cole Bridges for what proved to be the game-winning hit.
Bridges hit a single that scored both Adair and Parker to give Elkhart the 5-4 cushion it would finish the game with.
Elkhart (11-2, 1-0) opens play at 10 a.m. today in Canton at the I-20 Classic.
PALESTINE 9, Normangee 6
In the first seven innings of Tuesday’s game between the Palestine and Normangee softball teams, the two squads combined for six runs.
In the eighth, Palestine plated that many by itself.
The Ladycats outlasted Normangee, 9-6, in eight innings on the road Tuesday, scoring six extra-inning runs and then holding on for the victory.
Both Gabby Hudson and Nicole Thompson had three hits for Palestine, while Maribel Estrada had two and Amber Magee drove in a team-high two runs.
Liz Cone got the win inside the circle for the Ladycats, going all eight innings and striking out six for the victory.
Palestine hosts College Station Friday, with first pitch set for 6 p.m.
YMCA LATE REGISTRATION STILL OPEN
Normal registration for the 2013 Palestine YMCA baseball and softball seasons has ended, but the opportunity to sign-up to play is still available.
Late registration will be open until March 15, costing $50 for Y members and $60 for non-members.
The leagues are open to children ages 4 to 12, with age determined by how old the child will be on April 30 for baseball, and how old they were on Jan. 1 for softball.
This year, the Y is partnering with the Texas Teen-Age program, and the Y teams will participate in both the East Texas Fast Pitch and Elkhart Summer leagues.
For more information, contact Chad Cox at 903-729-3139, or visit www.palestineymca.org.