Despite turning in their best offensive performance of the season, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs saw their record fall to 0-3 on Tuesday night when they were defeated 20-11 by the Community Vikings at home.
Community scored in each of the first five innings to forge an 18-6 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth before eventually claiming the nine-run victory.
The Vikings banged out 13 hits against three Cornersville pitchers while the Bulldogs aided Community's cause by issuing 18 walks and committing five errors. Avery Brown recorded four hits to pace the Vikings at the plate.
Cornersville, meanwhile, finished with eight hits and eight walks overall to go along with three hit batsmen and four Community errors.
Cade Landers (3 RBI) and Ty Landers (1 RBI) both tallied two hits to lead the Bulldogs offensively, while J.D. Crabtree, Nate Huitt, Aaron Fox, and Colby Downs each had one hit with Downs driving in three runs.
"We kept competing tonight and are getting better," said Bulldog coach Mike Tatum. "We hit the ball well tonight, which should help build our confidence some. I thought we made better contact as the game went along and we had some kids hit the ball that had been struggling some."
The Vikings took control of the game early and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning before notching a run in the second to open up a 4-0 advantage.
Cornersville tallied a run in the bottom of the second thanks to a Community error, a Cade Landers single, and walks from Jace Derryberry and Dakota Polk to trim the deficit to 4-1, but the Vikings countered with five runs in the top of the third to extend their lead to 9-1.
After the Bulldogs pushed across three runs in the bottom of the third on the strength of singles from Huitt and Fox, three walks, and an error to close the gap to 9-4, Community recorded three runs in the top of the fourth to make it 12-4.
Cornersville then plated two runs in the bottom half of the fourth with the help of a hit batsman, a Ty Landers single, two walks, and an error to cut the deficit to 12-6, before the Vikings erupted for six runs in the top of the fifth to forge an 18-6 advantage.
The Bulldogs staved off the mercy rule by crossing home plate four times in the bottom of the fifth behind a Crabtree single, an error, two hit batsmen, a two-run single by Downs, and a Cade Landers RBI groundout to narrow the gap to 18-10.
Community then tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to stretch their lead to 20-10 before Cornersville scored a run in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by Cade Landers for the 20-11 final.