Even the best-laid plans can go awry. The Cornersville Bulldogs (14-14) saw their season come to an end Tuesday at Columbia Academy when they dropped an 8-2 decision to the Culleoka Warriors in the loser's bracket final of the District 11-A tournament.
Although Cornersville had suffered an 11-0 loss to top-seeded Richland in the third round the previous evening, the Bulldogs appeared to have a good chance of advancing to the championship game and earning a spot in the Region 6-A tournament with staff ace Tyler Cole taking the mound against Culleoka.
The Warriors, however, rewrote that script, as they built a 5-0 lead through the first three innings of play before opening up an 8-0 advantage in the sixth en route to the six-run victory.
Cole struggled with the tight strike zone of the home plate umpire and suffered just his fourth loss of the season, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings to go along with six strikeouts.
Freshman Lucas Laster relieved Cole at the start of the sixth and yielded three runs on four hits and a walk before senior Bruce Tipper pitched the seventh and gave up one hit in one scoreless inning of work.
Jake Flatt went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to lead Culleoka's offensive attack. Jason Anderson, Josh Weber and Hunter Morrow each had two hits with Anderson and Weber driving in three and two runs respectively.
The Bulldogs seemed over-anxious at the plate after falling behind early and mustered only five hits overall against Warrior starting pitcher Jake Scott.
"We just didn't hit the ball like we had earlier in the tournament. We put the ball in play, but it went right to people," said Cornersville head coach Brent Adcox. "I'm really proud of the guys though. We had a great season overall."
Senior second baseman Eric King came off the bench to provide the Bulldogs with a late spark, going 2-for-2 with a run . . .Pickup a copy of today's edition of the Marshall County Tribune for full coverage.