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Coppage leads Kentucky All Stars to Series win over Tennessee

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By Mike Aldridge

Kentucky’s Miss Softball Ashley Coppage was three for six in three games with a walk to lead the Kentucky Senior All Stars to a two-games-to-one series victory over the Tennessee Stars.  
Tennessee was divided between East and West Stars so the Kentucky girls had to play two times last Wednesday in Murfreesboro and then again the next day in Cookeville against a fresh Tennessee team with 11 Division 1 signees.
Coppage, who spent last season at first base for the Fillies, played first base in each game for the All Star squad.  
The first game was won by Tennessee 2-0 as the Tennessee squad scored two runs in the second on a walk, a triple and a sacrifice fly.  
The Kentucky girls were only able to garner one hit in the first five-inning game.
The second game was much better for Coppage and the Kentucky girls as they won 5-0.  
Coppage hit a towering blast over the center field fence with one on in the first as the visitors scored three times on two hits and a Tennessee error.  
Three more hits and a walk provided two more runs for the Kentucky team in the second for the final 5-0 win.  
Coppage was two for two in the game with two RBI’s and a run scored as she doubled in the third but was stranded on third base.  
The deciding game in the series was played the next afternoon as the Kentucky girls traveled to Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn.  This was the better of the two Tennessee teams as the home state put 11 Division 1 players on this East team.  
The Kentucky girls were not deterred, however, as they scored an unearned run in the fifth to put the game into extra innings tied two runs apiece.  
Then in the top of the seventh, Coppage led off with a single, advanced to third on another single and scored on a sacrifice fly to win the game.  
The Harrison County star completed the series with a .500 batting average, an on base percentage of .571 and a slugging percentage of 1.000.  She also had a total of 12 put outs at first base as she played errorless ball.
The Kentucky All Stars were coached by Harrison County Fillies head coach Christine Garnett as they even the over all series with Tennessee in what could have been the last series.  
The Tennessee group has split into two and there is some consideration of beginning a series with either Ohio or Indiana.