The Marshall County High School Tigers and the Cornersville High School Bulldogs met in the second game of their season series at Preston Hopkins Field and the Tigers managed a late comeback for the sweep and moved to 12-5 on the season, while the loss dropped the Dawgs to 5-7.
Tigers score two
runs in first for early margin
CHS threatened in the first inning, putting two runners on base with one out, but the Tigers got out of the mess by picking off a runner at second and Tiger starting pitcher Andrew Thornhill whiffing a Dawg to end the threat.
With one out in their half of the first, Justin McQueen reached on an error and Judd Stoltz singled to center. A fielder's choice put runners on second and third and McQueen scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0. Stoltz came across to make it 2-0 on an RBI double to right field by Cody Primm.
Starting pitcher Cory Allen walked to lead off the second, but the Dawgs got caught in double play to clear the bases. Bulldog junior first baseman Brett Rodgers came to the plate and smashed a Thornhill fastball deep over the left field fence to cut the lead in half at 2-1.
Five run bonanza extends lead to six for MCHS
After an Allen "K" to start the bottom of the second, Thornhill drew a walk and stole second base to start the rally. Allen then plunked Jake Lintz with a pitch to put runners at first and second. Brad Barnes drove in both runners with a single that was mishandled in the outfield. McQueen then doubled to left for an RBI that put the Tigers up 5-1. A Bulldog error gave the Tigers another easy run and Cody Primm made the Dawgs pay again with an RBI double to left for the 7-1 lead.
The Dawgs mount first comeback
Josh King led off the third with a base on balls, Eric King singled to put runners on first and second, both runners moved up on a wild pick-off attempt at second, and Logan Lovvorn walked to load the sacks. Tyler Cole's blooper to center scored Josh King to make it 7-2. After Thornhill whiffed a Dawg, Allen laced an RBI single to center to make it 7-3 and Jeremy "Diapy" Burgess made it 7-4 with a sacrifice fly to left. Thornhill escaped further damage with another strikeout to end the inning.
Allen settled in the bottom of third, allowing just one runner on a base on balls, but no runs. Cornersville got one more run in the top of the fourth off reliever Koda Watkins, while the Tigers did not score in their half and the game went to the fifth inning with MCHS leading 7-5.
Josh King triple brings the Bulldogs all the way back
Corey Allen led off the fifth with a walk and MCHS head coach Joe George summoned Cory Searls in from the bullpen. Searls came in and sandwiched a single by Rodgers between two strikeouts, but got hurt when Josh King hit a rocket to center for a triple and two RBI's to tie the game and ignite the traveling Bulldog crowd.
Fred West led off the bottom of the fifth for the Tigers and hit a bullet down the third base line that was snagged by Burgess for the first out. A 6-3 grounder made it two outs, but Allen lost Jake Lintz to a walk and Brad Barnes laced a low laser to left center that went all the to no man's land against the fence and Barnes circled the bases for the inside the park homerun and a 9-7 Tiger lead. After a McQueen walk, Judd Stoltz did more damage with another RBI triple that scored McQueen and the Tigers took a 10-7 lead into the sixth.
Searls magnificent in 6th and 7th
Cory Searls was wheeling and dealing, changing speeds and hitting his locations in the last two innings as he allowed just one hit and struck out three to gain the victory in relief for the Tigers. "Cory did a great job in relief," George said after the contest, "he pitched well in his last two ballgames, losing the other day after seven strong innings 1-0."
Bulldog head coach Brent Adcox, an MCHS alum said after the contest, "I am extremely proud of the way the team played, we never backed down and we never quit against the toughest team we will face all year on our schedule. Adcox added, "It is always good to come home and play, this is where I played my high school ball."