Bulldogs blank Wildcats

Friday, March 16, 2012

On Monday, the Cornersville Bulldogs kicked off the 2012 baseball season in fine fashion by defeating District foe Santa Fe 5-0 at home behind a brilliant pitching performance from senior hurler Mikey Adams.

After winning three games in last year's District 11-A tournament, Adams picked up where he left off at the end of his junior campaign, as he fanned 13 Wildcat batters in seven innings of work while yielding just two hits and two walks en route to earning the victory.

"Mikey was very impressive. That game was never in doubt with him on the mound," said Cornersville coach Ben Putman. "It was similar to last year when Lucas (Laster) no-hit them in the season opener. Mikey has to fill those shoes now."

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, rapped out nine hits and drew four walks against three Santa Fe pitchers. Adams and Dillon Bean both tallied two hits, a RBI, and a run scored to lead CHS at the plate, while Zach Richards, Cody Blackburn, Tyler Lowery, Jacob Griffis, and Neil Davis had one hit apiece with Richards, Blackburn, and Griffis each driving in one run.

Cornersville failed to capitalize on a pair of scoring opportunities in the first two innings of play, before Adams worked around a one-out walk and an error in the top of the third to keep the Wildcats off the board.

The Bulldogs broke the scoreless stalemate in the bottom of the third by pushing across a run to take a 1-0 lead. Following a one-out double by Adams, Zach Richards was hit by a pitch before Blackburn drove in Adams with a sharp single to right field.

In the fourth, Cornersville opened up some breathing room by crossing home plate four times in the frame to forge a 5-0 advantage. Lowery drew a leadoff walk and stole second to start things for the Bulldogs before scoring on a RBI double by Griffis. Griffis then advanced to third on a single by Davis prior to coming home on a Bean RBI single to give CHS a 3-0 advantage. After pinch runner Chance Dyer and Bean both advanced 90 feet on a Jonathan Douglas sacrifice bunt, Adams plated Dyer with a RBI groundout before Richards drove in Bean with a RBI single.

Adams then took care of the rest, as he did not allow a Wildcat runner to advance past first base over the final three innings to cap his complete game shutout.