CMS Lady Bulldogs blank E.A. Cox

Friday, March 2, 2012
CMS starting pitcher Briley Bean notched eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings of work to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 7-0 win over E.A. Cox. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs started the 2012 softball season with a bang, as they whipped the E.A. Cox Lady Cougars 7-0 at home on Tuesday afternoon.

After losing all three meetings to the Lady Cougars last year, CMS held a 2-0 lead through the first four innings of play in Tuesday's contest before crossing home plate five times over the next two frames to pull away for the seven-run victory.

Bolstered by their late offensive flurry, the Lady Bulldogs finished with 12 hits against E.A. starting pitcher Abbie Blalock to go along with three walks and three Lady Cougar errors.

Leadoff hitter Miranda Cooksey sparked Cornersville's offense by going 3-for-4 with a triple, 2 RBI, and a run scored, while Courtney Darnell added a pair of singles and a run scored. Madison Hopkins, Emily Martin, Carson Coble (2 RBI), Samantha Prosser (1 RBI), Briley Bean (1 RBI), Kirsten Young (1 RBI), and Madison Spivey each had one hit for the Lady Bulldogs as well.

Bean, meanwhile, went the distance in the circle for CMS to pick up the victory and racked up eight strikeouts in seven innings of work while scattering six hits and a walk.

"E.A. Cox is a good team and has some outstanding players so this is a good win. I thought we took advantage of our opportunities and did a great job of getting over our first game jitters," said new head coach Tres Beasley. "Briley pitched really well today. Her changeup was on and she got out of a couple of big jams."

Cornersville left a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the first inning, but pushed across two runs in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Following singles by Bean and Darnell, Cooksey drove in both runners by lacing a two-out triple into the right centerfield gap.

After each team stranded runners in scoring position in the fourth, the Lady Cougars loaded the bases with one out in the fifth thanks to a Kimber Bennett single, a walk, and a hit batsman. E.A. Cox came away empty handed, though, as Bennett was tagged out at home by Bean while trying to score on a wild pitch before Bean retired Blalock on a ground out.

The Lady Bulldogs tallied a run in the bottom of the fifth with the help of an infield single from Martin, a Coble walk, and two Lady Cougar errors to open up a 3-0 advantage.

In the top of the sixth, E.A. Cox once again failed to capitalize on a one-out bases loaded situation due to another base running error.

CMS then crossed home plate four times in the bottom half of the sixth on the strength of a two-run double by Coble and RBI singles from Prosser and Young to forge a 7-0 lead, before Bean struck out the side in the top of the seventh.