The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (21-8) exorcised their ghosts of postseasons past Monday when they defeated second-seeded Columbia Academy, 4-1, at Richland High School in the third round of the District 11A tournament.
With the win they advance to the championship game and earn a berth in the Region 6A tourney.
After going undefeated in league play during the 2007 regular season, Cornersville was upset by CA in the third round of the District tournament before getting knocked off by Richland in the loser's bracket finals to make an unexpectedly early exit from the playoffs.
History would not repeat itself Monday. The Lady Bulldogs overcame an early one-run deficit and defeated Columbia Academy (22-12-1) for the fifth time in six tries thanks to a big night at the plate by senior leadoff hitter Tori Wolaver and a solid defensive effort.
"It's a relief to get this win based on our previous history 365 days ago. It's good that we can finally put last year behind us," CHS head coach Spencer Mitchell said.
Wolaver accounted for three of Cornersville's four runs and led an eight-hit attack by the Lady Bulldogs, going 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored.
"When Tori does something good, everyone else seems to follow. However she's going is usually how the rest of the team is going," said Mitchell.
Catcher Amanda Griggs tallied a pair of hits for CHS, while leftfielder Katie Pigg added a single and two RBIs. Summer Cole and Haley Fagan had one hit apiece for the Lady Bulldogs.
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