The Cornersville Middle School Bulldog baseball team is making their inaugural season a memorable one as they remain on an undefeated run. Head coach Mike Tatum and his middle school squad extended the streak to nine straight with a 12-1 victory over Riverside Christian Academy on Tuesday in Cornersville.
Nine run first inning outburst propels Dawgs to easy victory
The Bulldogs got into some first inning trouble, allowing the first two Riverside batters to reach base before Lucas Laster retired three straight, whiffing the final batter for the last to get out of the jam.
The Dawgs quickly jumped on the Knights from Fayetteville as Aaron Crowell led off the bottom of the first with a triple and was driven in on a single by Josh "Boochie" Pope to go up 1-0. Singles by Matthew Begley and Chad Riner loaded the sacks and Laster helped his own cause with a fielder's choice RBI to make it two-zip.
Joe Stocstill hit a ball deep in the hole at short to score another run Mikey Adams drove in the fourth run on another fielder's choice. Dillon Bean came to the plate and laced a single to left to make it 5-0 and Taylor Rodgers hit a bullet to right field that scored another Bulldog runner to give the Cornersville squad a 6-0 lead. Crowell blasted a shot to left field for his second triple of the inning to put the Dawgs up 7-0 and Pope finished the 8-0 first inning with an RBI single to left.
Laster pitched a scoreless second inning and Cornersville added another run on singles by Laster and Stocstill, with Laster scoring on an RBI fielder's choice by Bean to make it 9-0.
Crowell races around bases for inside the park homerun
Mikey Adams came in to pitch for the Dawgs and extended the hitless shutout by retiring the side in order in the third. Offensive hero Crowell led off the third for the Dawgs and hit a laser in the right field gap that went all the way to fence. Crowell raced around the diamond and easily scored for an inside the park homerun to make it 10-0.
"Boochie" got his third hit of the afternoon and scored on Begley's third hit of the game, an RBI double to left that made it 11-0.
Adams got out of a jam in the fourth when he struck out a Knight hitter with runners on second and third and two out to preserve the no-hitter and shutout.
Cornersville did not score in the bottom of the inning and neither team brought any runners across the plate in the fifth.
Laster, Adams, and Stocstill combine for two-hitter in contest
Stocstill came in to pitch for the home team in the sixth and Riverside finally broke the hitless and scoreless drought with a run on one hit to make it 11-1.
Cornersville scored one run in the bottom of the sixth as Dakota "Butter" Adair scored on an RBI walk by Jonathon Douglas to make 12-1. Stocstill pitched a scoreless half in the bottom of the sixth to send the Bulldogs on to their ninth straight win. Crowell, Pope, and Begley all went 3-3 for the Bulldogs.