Lady Dawgs break District drought

Friday, May 9, 2008
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs defeated Richland, 4-2, to claim their first District title in 11 years.

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (22-8) captured their first District tournament title in 11 years Wednesday, traveling to Lynnville and defeating archrival Richland, 4-2, in the championship game after rallying from a two-run deficit.

Having split the regular season series with the Lady Raiders, Cornersville trailed, 2-0, heading into the bottom of the third inning. The Lady Bulldogs rose to the occasion and tallied four runs over the next three frames to seize a 4-2 lead. CHS relief pitcher Savannah Cole snuffed out a Lady Raider scoring threat in the top of the seventh to sew up the District 11-A title.

The victory was especially sweet for the Lady Bulldog seniors, who had experienced postseason disappointment in previous years after putting together strong regular seasons. "It's great," said CHS shortstop Tori Wolaver. "It means so much because of how hard we worked in the preseason and it means a lot as a senior because my teammates are so important to me."

Although cleanup hitter Amanda Griggs was limited to pinch-hitting duties due to illness, the Lady Bulldogs pounded out 10 hits overall against Richland starting hurler Megan McNeese and reliever Leslie Tinnon.

"I was nervous when I heard Amanda was sick, but that's what so great about our players, they're all pretty versatile and can play other positions," said Cornersville head coach Spencer Mitchell.

After registering a pair of hits and four RBIs in the Lady Bulldogs' previous encounter with the Lady Raiders, CHS centerfielder Katie Pigg continued to punish Richland pitching Wednesday, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Lori Beth Adams, Sarah King, and Erica Blackwell each had two hits for the Lady Bulldogs, with Adams and King driving in one run apiece. Wolaver and . . . .pickup a copy of today's edition for full coverage.