The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (0-1) got off to a tough start to the 2008 softball season last Thursday when they suffered a 12-5 home loss in five innings to the Lewisburg Tigerettes (2-0) in the opening game of a doubleheader.
Cornersville trailed just 5-4 through the first three innings.
Defensive mistakes proved to be CMS' undoing. They committed nine errors overall, which contributed to eight of the Tigerettes' 12 runs. Lewisburg finished with no errors. Starting pitcher Kalie Hobbs picked up the victory for the Tigerettes, allowing four hits and four walks in five innings of work to go along with five strikeouts.
Offensively, LMS compounded Cornersville's fielding woes by banging out seven hits and drawing nine walks. Left fielder Devan Hasty went 2 for 4 with a walk, a triple, four RBIs, and a run scored to lead Lewisburg at the plate, while third baseman Mary Medley had a triple and two RBIs. Austyn Whaley, Brianna Roberts, Hobbs and Aspen Wiles each recorded a hit for the Tigerettes.
Starting hurler McKenzie Hopkins went the distance on the mound for the Lady Bulldogs. Hopkins went 2-3 with a double, a triple, 4 RBIs and a run scored. Right fielder Kelsey Davis also doubled and scored a run for Cornersville, while second baseman Kaitlyn Rogers singled.
Lewisburg failed to convert on a bases loaded opportunity in the top of the first inning, but crossed home plate five times in the second thanks to a three-run triple by Hasty and a Medley two-run triple to claim a 5-0 lead. The Lady Bulldogs quickly narrowed the gap to 5-4 by pushing across four runs in the bottom half of the frame. After CMS loaded the bases with two outs, Hopkins laced a triple to right center field to drive in all three runners before eventually coming home on a passed ball.
Lewisburg opened up some breathing room in the fourth, scoring five unearned runs with the help of three Cornersville errors and a pair of walks to stretch their lead to 10-4. The Lady Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 10-5 in the bottom of the fourth when Hopkins plated Emily Hobby with a RBI double. LMS then tallied two runs in the fifth on an error and a couple of RBI singles by Hobbs and Hasty to close out the 12-5 win.