CMS Lady Bulldogs win third straight

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (3-3) extended their winning streak to three games Tuesday afternoon, March 18, by defeating the Harris Middle School Eaglettes 5-2 at home. Having defeated Harris 5-3 seven days earlier in Shelbyville, the Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning before staving off a late rally attempt by the Eaglettes to hold on for the three-run victory.

Starting pitcher Makenzie Hopkins went the distance in the circle for Cornersville to earn her third win of the season. Hopkins yielded just three hits in seven innings of work while recording seven strikeouts and issuing five walks.

The Lady Bulldogs registered only three hits as well, but took advantage of several defensive mistakes by the Eaglettes, which included two errors, four passed balls, and a wild pitch. Shortstop Brittney Crowell tripled, drove in a run, and scored twice to lead Cornersville offensively. Second baseman Kaitlyn Rogers also had a double, an RBI, and a run scored for the Lady Bulldogs, while Hopkins went 1-2 with a walk, a run scored, and two stolen bases.

Cornersville opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning by pushing across a run without the aid of a hit. Harris pitcher Alyssa Moore struck out Rogers to start the inning, but Eaglette catcher Morgan Ward was unable to hold onto the third strike and Rogers sprinted safely to first. Rogers then made her way around the bases with the help of three passed balls to give CMS a 1-0 advantage.

Hopkins snuffed out a Harris scoring threat in the top of the third before the Lady Bulldogs tallied three more runs in the bottom half of the frame to extend their lead to 4-0. After reaching base on an Eaglette error and advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mandy Lynn Calahan, Brianna Johnson stole third and scored on a RBI fielder's choice by Crowell to make it 2-0. Following a single by Hopkins, Rogers drove in Crowell with a RBI double to stake Cornersville to 3-0 advantage. Hopkins then made a deep turn around third on the play and baited Ward into making a throw to the base before racing home for the Lady Bulldogs third run of the inning.

The Eaglettes broke through for a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 4-2, but Cornersville plated a run in the bottom half of the inning to stretch their lead to 5-2 when Crowell scored on a wild pitch after tripling with two outs.

In the top of the sixth, Harris managed to load the bases with two outs on a pair of walks and a single by Addison Galbreth. Hopkins escaped the jam by retiring Hanna West on a groundout before setting the Eaglettes down in order in the seventh to close out the CMS victory.