Lady Dawgs earn state berth

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Lady Bulldogs celebrate after Chrissy Worth scored the game-winning run.

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (25-8) punched their ticket to the State Tournament on Friday by claiming a dramatic 3-2 victory over East Robertson at home in the Sectional round of the playoffs.

Cornersville held a tenuous 2-1 lead late in the contest before Lady Indian first baseman Amelia Eden belted a solo homerun in the top of the seventh inning to knot the game at 2-2. The Lady Bulldogs pulled out the win in the bottom of the seventh when Chrissy Worth scored from second on a groundball by freshman pinch hitter Haley Fagan following a throwing error by East Robertson shortstop Aleisha Groves.

After seeing Groves' errant throw to first, Worth had visions of Murfreesboro dancing through her head while traveling the final 120 feet to home plate. "I was thinking I'm going home and I'm going to State," recalled Worth.

CHS head coach Spencer Mitchell was just happy his team found a way to win.

"In our final at bat, I was praying for a homerun because we have some girls that can definitely do that, but I'll take an overthrow," said Mitchell.

With their victory over East Robertson, the Lady Bulldogs earned their first State Tournament berth since 1997 and the third in the program's history. "It's the next step that we thought was coming last season, but it's come a year later," said Mitchell.

Cornersville out hit the Lady Indians, 11-2, overall, but went just 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left nine women on base through the first six innings of play. CHS also had two other runners thrown out on the base paths.

Senior shortstop Tori Wolaver continued her hot . . . Pick up