Mt. Pleasant edges Bulldogs

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Cornersville starting pitcher Mikey Adams racked up 11 strikeouts while allowing just five hits and a walk over seven innings in the Bulldogs' 1-0 loss to Mt. Pleasant. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Despite a stellar performance from senior pitcher Mikey Adams, the Cornersville Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season on Monday night when they dropped a 1-0 decision to defending District 11-A tournament champ Mt. Pleasant at home.

With staff ace Garrett Ring taking the hill for the Tigers (3-1, 3-0 District), the two teams battled to a scoreless tie through the first four innings of play before Mt. Pleasant tallied an unearned run in the top of the fifth en route to defeating the Bulldogs (2-1, 2-1 District) for the fourth time in their last five tries.

After tossing a two-hit shutout and fanning 13 batters in his previous outing against Santa Fe, Adams continued his run of excellence on the mound and yielded just one unearned run over seven innings on five hits and a walk while notching 11 strikeouts.

Primarily utilizing an overpowering fastball, Ring turned in an even more dominant performance, as the Middle Tennessee State signee racked up 14 strikeouts and allowed only one hit and two walks in seven scoreless innings of work to earn the victory.

"Mikey pitched well enough to win and we played well enough to win, but we didn't get any breaks at the plate and didn't get the timely hits," said Cornersville coach Ben Putman. "There were two very good pitching performances and someone had to lose. We committed one error and that proved to be the difference in the game."

Neil Davis singled to account for the Bulldogs' lone hit of the contest, while Tate Lowery and Jacob Griffis both drew walks.

Robert Bell recorded two hits to pace the Tigers offensively. Ring, Cody Henson, and Brennan Berry each had one hit for Mt. Pleasant as well.

After Cornersville failed to cash in on a Tiger error in the first inning, Adams snuffed out a Mt. Pleasant scoring threat in the top of the second before Ring worked around a pair of walks to Lowery and Griffis in the bottom half of the frame.

The Tigers then stranded a runner at second in the third, but took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Bell scored on a CHS error after leading off the inning with a single.

Following a two-out single by Davis in the bottom of the fifth, Ring retired Jonathan Douglas on a pop out to end the inning before striking out the final six Bulldog batters to clinch Mt. Pleasant's 1-0 victory.