Lady Bulldogs bash Culleoka in home opener

Friday, March 20, 2009

Coming off a 19-0 victory over Santa Fe in their season opener, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (2-0) laid waste to another District 11-A foe Monday afternoon when they pounded the Culleoka Lady Warriors 10-0 at home in five innings.

After finishing third in the Class A State Tournament last year, Cornersville coach Spencer Mitchell believes that the Lady Bulldogs are primed for another highly successful campaign in 2009.

"We're as deep as we were last year. That sometimes makes it hard to coach because you're trying to figure out who to play each game and you can't make everyone happy, but it's a good problem to have," said Mitchell.

Cornersville senior pitcher Summer Cole overcame a rocky start before mowing down the Lady Warriors with relative ease the rest of the way. Cole yielded only three hits and a walk over five innings while racking up nine strikeouts en route to earning her first victory of the season.

The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, worked over Culleoka starting pitcher Jamie Andrews and pounded out 12 hits overall with six going for extra bases.

Catcher Amanda Griggs did the most damage at the plate for Cornersville, as she belted two homeruns and tallied 3 RBI. Lindsey Dalton, Lori Beth Adams, and Erica Blackwell each registered a pair of hits as well with Dalton driving in two runs, while Katie Pigg added a double, 2 RBI, and two runs scored. Cole, Jessica Dillard, and Alex Wolaver also singled and scored a run for the Lady Bulldogs with Cole and Dillard each notching a RBI.

The Lady Warriors (1-1) had a chance to get on the board in the top of the first inning after loading the bases with two outs on two singles and a walk, but Cole bore down and registered a big strikeout to escape the jam.

"Summer just settled down. In one of our preseason scrimmages, she ended the game with the bases loaded. She's not going to get flustered. If there are people in scoring position, it seems like the bases are empty to her," said Mitchell.

Cornersville quickly compounded Culleoka's problems in the bottom of the first by pushing across three runs in the frame to grab a 3-0 lead. Following a one-out single by Blackwell, Pigg grounded into a fielder's choice to replace Blackwell on the base paths. Pigg then raced home on a RBI triple by Dalton, before Griggs hammered a 1-0 offering by Andrews over the left center field fence to give the Lady Bulldogs a three-run advantage.

Andrews managed to hold Cornersville scoreless in the second, but the floodgates opened up in the third, as the Lady Bulldogs crossed home plate seven times in the inning with the help of six hits, a walk, and an error to forge a 10-0 advantage.

Griggs led off the frame with a solo homerun to push Cornersville's lead to 4-0, before Savannah Cole drew a walk and Alex Wolaver singled to put runners on first and second with one out. After Dillard plated Savannah Cole with a RBI single, Wolaver scored on a RBI single by Summer Cole to make it 6-0. Dillard then came home when Culleoka misplayed a Blackwell fly ball, before Pigg laced a double into the right center field gap to drive in Summer Cole and Blackwell and stake the Lady Bulldogs to a 9-0 advantage. Dalton finally capped the Lady Bulldog outburst by lining a single into centerfield to bring home Pigg.

With the mercy rule now in effect, Summer Cole took care of the rest and blanked the Lady Warriors over the next two innings to cap Cornersville's 10-0 victory.