The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs climbed over the .500 mark on the season at 4-3 with a convincing 14-4 six-inning victory over South Lawrence at home on a chilly Tuesday afternoon.
The two teams were scheduled for a doubleheader, but the coaches decided to play one contest because of the frigid temperatures.
Makenzie Hopkins picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Dawgs, going the distance while giving up just five hits and striking out eight.
Hopkins also led the 13-hit attack, going 3 for 4 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
Hopkins faced four Lady Stallion batters in the first, giving up no hits and a walk to begin the game.
CMS struck for three runs in the bottom of the first with two on and two out when Maykala Campbell laced an RBI single to left to plate Brittney Crowell who had walked.
Kaitlyn Rogers, who also walked went to third and Campbell went to second on the throw to the plate and both came scored when Ashley Beard reached on an error.
Hopkins continued her mastery over the Lady Stallions in the second, helped by some great defense behind her, most notably by Rogers who made two nice plays at second base.
The Lady Dawgs did not score in the second inning. Hopkins gave up her first hit in the top of third on an infield single by Elizabeth Henman, but she escaped trouble with two strikeouts and a nice grab on a line drive by Crowell at short to end the inning.
Hopkins led off the bottom of the frame with a stinging double into the left field gap, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a one out sacrifice fly by Rogers to make it 4-0. Beard drew a two-out walk, Ivory Riner lashed a single to right and both runners scored on a hit by Kaleigh Welch for a six-zip lead.
The Lady Stallions finally got on the board in the fourth, scoring three runs on a two run double by Tori Reed and an RBI double by Emilie Andrews to make it 6-3.
Cornersville struck right back when Beard led off with a triple, Crowell walked and Hopkins knocked a one-one pitch off the left field fence to plate both runners. Rogers came up and grounded a ball to short, Hopkins got caught in a rundown, but managed to slide safely under the tag at third.
Hopkins stole home on the next pitch, sliding head first across the plate as Rogers took off for second. Campbell drew a walk and Rogers scored on an RBI single to right by pinch hitter Magan Stottlemyre to make it 10-3.
S. Lawrence got an un-earned in the top of the fifth and CMS got two more in the bottom of the frame on RBIs by Hopkins and Campbell to make it 12-4.
Hopkins gave up a double in the top of the sixth, but struck out three to escape the two out hit.
Cornersville won the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Beard to make it 13-4 and then Hopkins put the lid on the contest with an RBI single to left to invoke the ten run mercy rule.
After the 14-4 win, CMS head coach Connie "Hoover" Campbell said, "Our key to victory today was a strong pitching performance from Hopkins and we executed our plays well. They were all able to get the signals and execute the plays we called."