The Moore County Raiderettes got caught in a perfect storm Monday afternoon in Cornersville as sophomore hurler Savannah Cole tossed her first high school perfect game. The Lady Dawgs (3-3, 2-0) provided Cole with plenty of offense to go along with her masterful performance and cruised to a 14-0 five inning victory.
Cole untouchable as Lady Dawgs pile on early runs
Cole started the game by putting down the first three batters for Moore County without one of them even coming close to touching the ball in the first inning.
Tori Wolaver's role as a leadoff batter is to get on base any way she can manage and set the table for her teammates and she did exactly that, reaching on an error, stealing second, advancing to third on a fielder's choice, and scoring on a perfect squeeze bunt by Summer Cole to give the Lady Dawgs a 1-0 lead. Cole stole second base and scored on a clean single to leftfield by Emily Tate to give the Dawgs a 2-0 lead.
Savannah Cole easily blew away the first two Moore County batters in the second and catcher Amanda Griggs snagged a pop-up behind the dish for the third out.
CHS broke the game completely open in the bottom of the second with one out as Katie Pigg singled down the third base line. Pigg went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Savannah Cole and moved to third on an infield single by Wolaver. Both runners scored on a single to right by Chrissy Worth to make it 4-0.
Worth moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a single by Summer Cole to make it 5-0.
King finishes off huge second inning with two-run blast
Griggs came to the plate and laced a double to left to give the Lady Dawgs runners at second and third again. Tate then pitched in again as she hammered the first pitch to center score both runners and make it 7-0. Sarah King moved to the box and on a two-one count, blasted a deep shot over the right field fence for a two run homer that made the score 9-0.
Savannah Cole again was throwing heat on the Raiderettes in the third, retiring them in order on three strikeouts.
The Lady Dawgs piled on three more runs in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Summer Cole and Griggs laced another single for two more RBI's to make it 12-0.
Moore County could not even come close to managing a hit in the fourth as Cole blew them away in order again for her eleventh strikeout.
Tate led off the fourth for the Dawgs with a single, King reached on an error, and Alex Wolaver got an RBI on a fielder's choice to make it 13-0. Cole helped herself again as she drove in the fourteenth run with a single to left. Ashley Sanders drove in the last run for "C-Ville" with a clean single to left to make it 15-0 and set the stage for Cole in fifth to finish the perfect game.
Nothing but heat for Cole in finishing masterpiece
Showing no signs of pressure or tiredness, Cole whiffed the first two batters easily. Jillian Hamilton was Moore County's last hope and she hit a hard grounder to first that was gobbled up by King, who stepped on the bag and the perfect game was complete for Cole.
"I was a little bit nervous on that last out", Cole said after the game. She added, "It feels really good, I gave them the fast pitch all game because that is my favorite thing to do, it is what I practice five days a week."
Head coach Spencer Mitchell was elated with Cole's performance after the contest and said, "That is the kind of performance we have come to expect from Savannah."