Lady Bulldogs cruise past North Greene, 7-0
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (26-8) made a strong statement in their State Tournament opener, thumping the North Greene Lady Huskies, 7-0, at the Murfreesboro Starplex on Tuesday behind a relentless offensive attack and a dominant pitching performance from starting hurler Savannah Cole.
With Tuesday's win, CHS head coach Spencer Mitchell recorded his first career victory at the State Tournament.
"It feels tremendous," Mitchell said. "It gives us plenty of rest for tomorrow. We can sit here and watch and see who we play next."
Although the Lady Huskies (24-10) snuffed out three Cornersville scoring threats, North Greene was unable to plug all the holes in the dike created by the Lady Bulldog bats. CHS pounded out 15 hits overall and had eight different players record a base knock in the contest.
"For the last two and half weeks this has been normal for us. We've gotten at least eight or 10 hits every game. We didn't convert on some scoring opportunities, but I'll take 7-0 any day," said Mitchell.
Right fielder Summer Cole, centerfielder Sarah King and first baseman Lori Beth Adams tallied three hits apiece to lead Cornersville at the plate. Cole had a homerun, two RBIs and two runs scored. King notched a double, one RBI and a run scored, and Adams finished with three singles and a run scored.
Shortstop Tori Wolaver also added a pair of hits, one RBI and two runs scored for the Lady Bulldogs, while catcher Amanda Griggs had a single and an RBI. Erica Blackwell, Chrissy Worth and Lindsey Dalton each registered a hit, with Blackwell scoring a run.
In the circle, Savannah Cole breezed through the Lady Husky lineup en route to her 14th win of the season. Cole yielded just one hit in seven innings of work and tied a career high with 17 strikeouts, while issuing no walks.
"She's the best pitcher we've seen all year," said North Greene head coach Beverly Fletcher.
Lindsey Darnell reached base on a bloop single in the first inning to account for the Lady Huskies' lone hit of the contest.
Cornersville grabbed the momentum early by pushing across two runs in the top of the first inning to seize a 2-0 lead. Wolaver roped a triple into centerfield to lead off the game before Summer Cole belted a 1-1 offering from North Greene starting pitcher Tosha Hall over the right field fence despite hitting into a strong wind. With her two-run shot in the first, ...Pick up a copy of today's edition, May 23, 2008, for full coverage and photos.