District play begins

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Marshall County shortstop Koda Watkins fields a high chopper by Lewis Co.'s Kane Crowell.

It took more than 18 hours, but the Marshall County Tigers finally defeated the fourth-seeded Lewis County Panthers, 8-0, in the second round of the District 10-AA tournament Saturday behind another dominant performance by senior pitcher Seth Lintz.

The game originally started Friday night. The Tigers held a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning before heavy rains forced the contest to be suspended until the following afternoon. Marshall County then picked up where they left off the previous evening and pushed across five runs over the next four frames to claim their third victory of the season against Lewis County

Despite the lengthy break in action, Lintz continued his mastery over the Panthers after tossing a no-hitter against Lewis County on March 24. Lintz yielded just two hits and two walks in seven innings of work while piling up . . . .Pickup a copy of today's edition for full coverage and photos.

Tigerettes look sharp in 8-0 win

After suffering a nine inning 1-0 loss to Hickman County on the final day of the regular season in a game that cost them the outright regular season district title, the Marshall County High School Tigerettes stormed back and blasted the Lady Bulldogs 8-0 in the District 10AA opener at Maurice Hambrick Field in Lewisburg on Thursday.

"It feels real good to get the district win," said head coach Holly Barnes after the game.

Barnes, the first year head coach at MCHS has cloaked her team with her own fiery personality and added, "I don't think the girls really believed they were winners. They have got to believe that they are winners, because they are."

Sophomore hurler Mieke Wallace turned in a solid complete game, giving up just four hits while striking out six. Wallace also drove home the game's first run on a two-out RBI double . . . .Pickup a copy of today's edition for full coverage and photos.

Rockets take opening round

The Forrest Rockets needed only five innings to take care of F.C. Boyd, 13-3, Saturday morning in the opening round of the District 9A baseball tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian School.

The Rockets' seventh-consecutive win was spearheaded by a great mound performance by sophomore Coy Shultz, who earned the complete game victory. Shultz allowed just two earned runs, struck out six and walked three.

"I have a real good team behind me," Shultz said after the contest. "In that first inning they were hitting the pitch down the middle, so I started to hit the corners and it worked. I was nervous before the game. It was my first district tournament start, but once I got going and figured the Boyd hitters out, I felt good."

The Rockets scored two runs in the first inning when Seth Brothers was hit by a pitch with two outs. Brothers stole second and scored on an RBI single by Colin Henson. Micah Phifer doubled home Henson with a wind-blown double over the right fielder's head.

Shultz struck out the side after a leadoff walk in the second and the Rockets added to their lead, scoring four more in the home half of the inning.

Kyle Griffy led off with a walk, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch. The . . .Pickup a copy of today's edition for full coverage and photos.

Maegan Gower lays down a perfect bunt single in the fifth inning and came around to score the last run for the Lady Rockets.

Lady Rockets top Eagleville

The host Forrest Lady Rockets continued their stranglehold over Eagleville with a 14-0 five-inning run-rule victory in the opening round of the District 9A Tournament in Chapel Hill.

Forrest has outscored the Lady Eagles, 80-0, over the last eight games and are once again poised to make mincemeat out of their 9A foes to claim yet another district tournament title.

Shelby Stinnett gave way after pitching three perfect innings to Rachel Curtis, who finished off the game allowing just two hits.

Asked if she wanted to stay in, Stinnett smiled and said after the game, "Yes, sir, you always want to finish it off. But sometimes you just have to give your arm a rest."

The Lady Rockets had the luxury to rest their ace thanks to the offensive barrage that started with six runs in the second inning.

Gaby Bussell smacked a one out single to center and was relieved by Ashley Scales as a courtesy runner. Curtis made it first and third on a throwing error by the shortstop, and Bequi Bussell hit a shot to third that scored Scales after the catcher dropped the throw home.

Amanda Daughrity followed with an infield single to load the bases and Chelsea Johnson drove home two with a slap single to right to make it 3-0.

Cornersville's P.J. Allen lines a single to left field against Santa Fe.

Eagleville made a mess out of the next play when Haley Mathis hit a shot back to the . . .Pickup a copy of today's edition for full coverage and photos.

Bulldogs bite Santa Fe, 12-2

After going out quietly last year in the postseason, the Cornersville Bulldogs are making some noise in the 2008 District 11-A tournament. Following an impressive 18-0 victory over Moore County in the opening game of the tourney, the Bulldogs made easy work of Santa Fe in the second round on Thursday, thrashing the Wildcats, 12-2, in five innings at Columbia Academy.

With Thursday's performance Cornersville recorded its third victory of the season over Santa Fe and moved within one win of earning the second Region tournament berth in the program's history.

Although CHS lost infielder Eric King to a broken wrist a month ago, coach Brent Adcox's team entered the postseason relatively injury free after battling a slew of physical ailments last year.

"Everybody's healthy. Last year everybody was hurt late in the year and we just couldn't overcome that. We've also got a great bunch of seniors that have shown a lot of leadership," said Adcox.

Having scored 24 runs against the Wildcats in their two regular season meetings, the Bulldogs continued to tee off on Santa Fe pitching Thursday. Cornersville tallied 10 hits overall with four going for extra bases to go along with five walks and five Wildcat errors.

"The guys have just been a little more focused at the plate. Columbia Academy's field is a little bit more open and they see the ball better here," said Adcox.

Starting pitcher Chuck Bassham did the . . .Pickup a copy of today's edition for full coverage and photos.

Lady Bulldogs in a cakewalk

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (20-8) began what CHS fans hope is a deep postseason run Saturday night, by demolishing the fourth-seeded Moore County Raiderettes, 17-1, in five innings at Richland High School in the second round of the District tournament after receiving an opening round bye.

Moore County shutout Culleoka, 2-0, in the first round on Friday, but was unable to cool down the Lady Bulldogs' blazing hot bats. Along with drawing five walks, Cornersville pounded out 15 hits overall and had six go for extra bases, which included three two-run homers by Sarah King, Lori Beth Adams and Alex Wolaver.

"We hit the ball hard. If we can keep hitting the ball hard we'll be OK. It's difficult to get anyone out when it's going over the fence," said CHS head coach Spencer Mitchell.

Second baseman Haley Fagan went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs, and three runs scored to lead the Lady Bulldog blitzkrieg. Adams, Lindsey Dalton and starting pitcher Summer Cole each registered two hits apiece, with Adams and Dalton driving in three and two runs respectively. Savannah Cole, Katie Pigg, Chrissy Worth, Sarah Davis, King, and Wolaver finished with one hit apiece for Cornersville.

Summer Cole went the distance in the circle for CHS to earn the victory, racking up 11 strikeouts in the contest while allowing four hits and a walk.

The Lady Bulldogs wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. They plated five runs in the . . .Pickup a copy of today's edition for full coverage and photos.