CMS Bulldogs top Liberty

Friday, March 28, 2008
Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber CMS starting pitcher Joe Stocstill registered nine strikeouts over seven innings in the Bulldogs 6-3 victory over Liberty.

The Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (4-3) moved north of the .500 mark Tuesday afternoon, March 25, when they defeated the Liberty Patriots 6-3 at home. Cornersville held a tenuous 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but pushed across three runs over the next two frames to open up a 6-2 advantage en route to their second straight victory.

Starting pitcher Joe Stocstill went the distance on the mound for CMS to earn his second win of the season. Stocstill registered nine strikeouts in seven innings of work while allowing six hits and two walks.

The Bulldogs recorded only five hits, but drew seven walks to go along with two Patriot errors and a hit batsman. Left fielder Jonathan Douglas and shortstop Mikey Adams each had a single, a RBI, and two runs scored to lead Cornersville's offensive attack, while third baseman Blake Poteete added a single and 2 RBI. Andrew Giles and A.J. Becquet registered a hit apiece for CMS as well.

The Patriots were in the giving mood early on, as the Bulldogs tallied three runs in the bottom of the first inning with the help of four walks, a hit batsman, and an error to grab a 3-0 advantage.

Liberty managed to hold CMS scoreless over the next two frames before breaking through for a couple of runs in the top of the fourth to narrow the gap to 3-2.

Cornersville though mounted an immediate response and pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend their lead to 5-2. After drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to second on a Stocstill groundout, Douglas came home on a clutch two-out RBI single by Adams to make it 4-2. Poteete then plated Adams with a RBI single to stake the Bulldogs a three-run advantage.

In the fifth, Cornersville tacked on an insurance run on three hits to stretch their lead to 6-2. Following a single by Giles, Becquet singled to put runners on first and second with one out. Giles then scored on a two-out RBI single by Douglas to give CMS a four-run cushion.

The Patriots trimmed the deficit to 6-3 in the top of the seventh on a one-out RBI single by Dylan Brooks, but Stocstill retired the next two Liberty batters on a fielder's choice and a fly out to preserve the Bulldog victory.