LMS Tigers throttle Bulldogs

Friday, March 2, 2012
LMS pitcher Josh McKnight fields a groundball by Cornersville's J.D. Crabtree in the bottom of the first inning. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After pummeling Fayetteville 11-1 in their season opener four days earlier, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (2-0) recorded their second straight lopsided victory on Tuesday by defeating the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs 14-1 on the road in five innings.

Aided by a 10-run outburst in the third inning, Lewisburg finished with 11 hits and six walks against three Cornersville pitchers while the Bulldogs aided the Tiger cause by committing six errors.

Leadoff hitter Wilson Limbaugh spearheaded LMS' offensive attack by going 3-3 with a RBI and two runs scored. Ethan Poteete and Derrick McKnight each tallied two hits and a RBI for the Tigers as well, while Madison Peete (2 RBI), Brett McGeehee, Trent Richardson, and Bryce Wunderlin had one hit apiece.

CMS pitcher J.D. Crabtree throws out Lewisburg's Trent Richardson at first base in the top of the first inning.

On the mound, Tiger starting hurler Josh McKnight and Richardson combined to throw a no-hitter. McKnight earned the victory by allowing one run on three walks in three innings of work to go along with two strikeouts, while Richardson fanned three batters and issued one walk over the final two frames.

"We're going in the right direction. We still need to work on our defense and base running, but we're making progress," said Lewisburg coach Oakey Gaskill. "Our pitchers got ahead of their hitters and threw a lot of strikes. They did a good job of commanding the game."

Cade Landers drew two walks to lead the Bulldogs at the plate, while Colby Downs and David Haley each had one walk.

Bulldog starting pitcher J.D. Crabtree suffered the loss, yielding six runs over two plus innings on five hits and four walks. Aaron Fox was the most effective of CMS' two relievers and notched two strikeouts in one scoreless inning of work.

"They're just stronger than us. The boys played hard, but Lewisburg has some pretty good talent," said Cornersville coach Mike Tatum. "They have good pitching, hitting, and defense. When we made some errors, they capitalized."

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Limbaugh scored on a CMS throwing error after singling and advancing to third on a Jay Howard sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch.

LMS tacked on another run in the second with the help of a Derrick McKnight single, a hit batsman, a fielder's choice by Zack Smith, and a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

In the third, Lewisburg blew the game open by crossing home plate 10 times in the frame on the strength four walks, 3 CMS errors, a pair of singles from Richardson and McGeehee, a Poteete triple, a two-run triple by Peete, a Howard RBI groundout, and RBI singles from Limbaugh and Derrick McKnight to forge a 12-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs got on the board by plating a run in the bottom of the third to trim the deficit to 12-1. After Haley and Downs both drew walks, Fox was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out before Josh McKnight plunked Ty Landers with a 1-1 delivery to bring home Haley.

LMS then pushed across two runs in the top of the fourth thanks to a Wunderlin single, a RBI triple by Poteete, and a error to stretch their lead to 14-1 before Richardson held Cornersville scoreless over the last two innings.