CMS Lady Bulldogs edge Tigerettes
The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (2-1) came out on top of a wild offensive shootout on Monday night, as they rallied to defeat the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes 13-11 at home.
After watching the lead change hands five times through the first five innings of play, the Tigerettes (1-1) held a tenuous 11-10 advantage heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Lady Bulldogs, however, ended up landing the last major blow of the game and crossed home plate three times in the sixth to take a two-run lead before snuffing out a Lewisburg comeback attempt in the top of the seventh.
"I thought our attitudes were good today and we picked each other up. Lewisburg is a good hitting team and we responded well when we fell behind," said Cornersville coach Trace Beasley. "Over the weekend we challenged the girls to play more as a team and they did that today."
Bolstered by their late rally, CMS finished with 10 hits and four walks against Tigerette starting hurler Blair Richards while Lewisburg aided the Lady Bulldogs' cause by committing six errors.
The Tigerettes tallied 10 hits as well against two Cornersville pitchers to go along with three walks and four CMS errors.
"We hit the ball well today, but we just made too many errors," said Lewisburg coach Lee Perryman. "I was pleased with our hitting, but you can't make that many mistakes and win a ballgame."
Relief pitcher Briley Bean (3 RBI) and Samantha Prosser (1 RBI) both notched three hits to spearhead the Lady Bulldogs offensive attack. Starting hurler Carson Coble, Madison Hopkins, Courtney Darnell, and Madison Spivey had one hit apiece for Cornersville as well with Coble, Darnell, and Spivey each driving in one run.
Bean also picked up her second victory of the season in the circle, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks in four innings of work to go along with four strikeouts.
Skylar Brandon, Madison Perryman (1 RBI), and Kendra Moore (3 RBI) registered two hits apiece to lead the Tigerettes at the plate, while Allison Sheroski (1 RBI), Laura Beth Brown, Richards (1 RBI), and Autumn Kelley (3 RBI) each had one hit.
The Tigerettes fired the opening salvo by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning with the help of a two-out walk by Brown, a Brandon single, a RBI single by Perryman, and an error to grab a 2-0 lead.
Cornersville mounted an immediate response in the bottom half of the first and plated three runs in the frame thanks to an error, a bunt single by Hopkins, a double steal, a pair of RBI groundouts by Emily Martin and Coble, a Prosser single, and a RBI single by Bean to pull ahead 3-2.
In the top of the second, Lewisburg grabbed a 5-3 lead on a Moore RBI single, a RBI double by Sheroski, and a Taliyah Angus RBI groundout.
The Lady Bulldogs then crossed home plate six times in the bottom half of the second with the aid of a leadoff walk by Miranda Cooksey, three LMS errors, a couple of RBI singles from Prosser and Bean, and two wild pitches to open up a 9-5 advantage.
Lewisburg narrowed the gap to 9-7 in the top of the third on the strength of a Perryman double, an error, and a two-run single by Kelley, before Cornersville stretched their lead to 10-7 in the bottom of the fourth when Prosser scored on a wild pitch after doubling and advancing to third on a Bean groundout.
The Tigerettes hung up another crooked number in the top of the fifth and crossed home plate four times in the frame behind a leadoff single by Brown, a pair of walks, a Richards RBI single, a RBI groundout by Kelley, and a Moore two-run double to claim a 11-10 advantage.
Richards then retired CMS in order in the bottom of the fifth, but the Lady Bulldogs made one final charge in the sixth and pushed across three runs in the inning thanks to an infield single by Coble, a wild pitch, a Bean RBI single, a RBI double by Darnell, an error, and a Spivey RBI bunt single to seize a 13-11 lead.
After Bean retired the first two LMS batters in the top of the seventh, Taylor Ingram was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a passed ball before being gunned down at third by Martin on a stolen base attempt for the final out of the game.