The undefeated and unscored upon Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (5-0) traveled to Lynchburg Monday afternoon, taking on the Moore County Raiderettes and kept the scoreless streak intact with a 9-0 shutout behind an outstanding nineteen-strikeout performance from senior southpaw Summer Cole.
Cole was masterful, mixing speed with stealth in keeping Moore County (3-4) off balance. The super intense lefty struck out the side six out of the seven innings, three times in order, and at one point in the ballgame, whiffed 11 batters in a row.
"I tried to keep them guessing and wanted to keep as many batters off balance as possible," said Cole after the game.
Cole scattered just three hits and walked two in the contest and added, "I wanted to strikeout as many as possible and work on some pitches. I worked on my screwball that worked pretty good and I worked on my rise-ball that got a few hitters."
The Lady Bulldogs' offense struck early, getting a run on the board in the first inning when the Erica Blackwell slammed a one-out towering homerun over the left field fence for a 1-0 lead.
As it would turn out, the Blackwell knock was all the offense Cole would need in the contest.
"I just waited on the ball and I knew it was gone when I hit it," said Blackwell.
After the Blackwell shot, Katie Pigg was hit by a pitch and went all the way to third on two wild pitches. A Lady Dawg whiff made it two outs, but Pigg scored on a wild ball four to Amanda Griggs, making it 2-0.
Brittany Crowell came in as a courtesy runner for Griggs and immediately stole second base. Crowell scored run number three on an RBI single by LuLu Dalton.
Cole whiffed the Raiderette led-off hitter in the bottom of the first, but Cassie Kight doubled deep to center in the number two spot. Cole reared up to strike out the next two Moore County hitters looking to end the inning.
In the bottom of the second with the score still 1-0, Cole got into her only real trouble of the game when she issued back-to-back walks to Tiffany Eslick and Haven Wood, leading off the frame.
Cole turned up the heat, over-powering the next three hitters in a row, who all went down swinging through fastballs.
Cornersville went up 5-0 in the third with the help of two unearned runs by Moore County.
Cole made it six straight whiffs when she retired the side in order, all on K's in the third.
CHS did not score in the fourth and Cole made it nine strikeouts in a row in the bottom of the inning, using her cunning off-speed pitches and her blazing fastball.
In the fifth inning, Dalton slammed an RBI single and Sarah King knocked in two Lady Bulldog runners with a two out double to center for an 8-0 Cornersville lead.
Cole ran the strikeout streak to eleven batters before Jana Chapin tripled on the chalk down the right field line.
The scoreless streak was in jeopardy, but Cole said no way, blowing away the next hitter for the third out.
Cornersville scored one in the sixth inning, making it 9-0.
Cole recorded back-to-back 1-3 putouts to begin the bottom of the sixth before Amber Howell singled to left.
Again, Cole would have none of it, whiffing the next Raiderette on three pitches to end the inning.
The game went to the bottom of the seventh and Cole set the Moore County hitters down 1-2-3 on three consecutive whiffs to end the contest.
Cornersville will not be back in action until they travel to Brentwood this weekend to participate in the Chick-Fil-A Classic.