CMS Lady Bulldogs out slug Lady Tigers

Friday, March 28, 2008
Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber CMS shortstop Brittney Crowell tags out Whitthorne's Kendrica Pillow on a stolen base attempt.

By Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Staff Writer

Having pounded Whitthorne 11-0 in the opening game, the CMS Lady Bulldogs (6-3) completed the sweep of the doubleheader against the Lady Tigers by claiming a 19-8 victory in three innings to extend their winning streak to six games after opening the season 0-3.

Cornersville head coach Connie Campbell credited better team unity for the Lady Bulldogs turnaround.

"The girls have been playing really well together. They got those first few games out of the way and have started to bond with one another," said Campbell. "We've had some seventh-graders step up and fill some holes for us."

CMS once again shelled Whitthorne pitching, as they drew seven walks and banged out 10 hits with six going for extra bases. Second baseman Makenzie Hopkins and third baseman Makayla Campbell led the Lady Bulldogs' offensive onslaught. Hopkins went 3-4 with two triples, 5 RBI, four runs scored, and a stolen base, while Campbell had a walk, a double, a homerun, 6 RBI, and two runs scored. Mandy Lynn Calahan, Brittney Crowell, Kaitlyn Rogers, Ivory Riner, and Emily Hobby each notched a hit and a RBI for Cornersville as well.

Rogers, meanwhile, pitched all three innings for CMS to pick up her first victory of the season, allowing five hits and seven walks to go along with one strikeout.

The Lady Bulldogs buried Whitthorne early, as they erupted for 14 runs in the top of the first inning, highlighted by an inside the park grand slam by Campbell, a Hopkins two-run triple, and RBI doubles by Crowell and Riner.

After Whitthorne trimmed the deficit to 14-1 in the bottom of the first on a Kelly Merkle RBI double, Cornersville pushed their lead to 16-1 in the second thanks to a two-run double by Campbell.

The Lady Tigers then tallied five runs in the bottom of the second with the help of two CMS errors to narrow the gap to 16-6, but the Lady Bulldogs tacked on three more runs in the third to open up a 19-6 advantage. Brianna Johnson reached first on an error and Calahan drew a walk before Crowell hit into a fielder's choice to replace Johnson on the base paths. Hopkins then plated Calahan and Crowell with a two-run triple to make it 18-6 prior to scoring on a Whitthorne error.

In the bottom of the third, the Lady Tigers notched a couple of runs to cut the deficit to 19-8 with two outs in the inning, but Rogers kept the mercy rule in play by retiring Lexy Duncan on a groundout to end the game.