It's not how you start, its how you finish.
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (23-8) defeated the Collinwood Trojanettes, 8-1, at home in the first round of the Region 6-A tournament Monday thanks to a late offensive flurry. They now advance to the championship game against Summertown.
Although the Lady Bulldogs came in as heavy favorites, Cornersville found themselves locked in a 1-1 tie with the Trojanettes (19-8-1) heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Lady Bulldogs got their bats going at that point, scoring seven runs over the next three frames to pull away for their sixth straight victory.
"I thought sooner or later we were going to start hitting like we were capable of," said Cornersville head coach Spencer Mitchell. "I think the slower pitching affected us and we were a little nervous early on. Any person in our lineup can look bad one inning and look great the next, though."
Despite their slow start at the plate, the Lady Bulldogs still pounded out 11 hits against Collinwood starting hurler Carly Dicus. Centerfielder Sarah King went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs, and a run scored to lead Cornersville's offensive attack. Shortstop Tori Wolaver, first baseman Lori Beth Adams, DH Chrissy Worth, and catcher Amanda Griggs each tallied two hits for the Lady Bulldogs, with Adams driving in a run. Third baseman Lindsey Dalton belted a two-run homer.
Cornersville starting pitcher Savannah Cole continued to shine in the playoffs and went the distance in the circle to pick up her 12th victory of the season. Cole racked up 13 strikeouts, while allowing just five hits and issuing no walks.
"The deeper we get in the postseason, the stronger she gets. She's a competitor," said Mitchell.
The Lady Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Wolaver ...Pick up a copy of today's edition for full coverage and photos.