Lady Bulldogs bash Summit
New Cornersville High School softball coach Eric Crabtree picked up his first win as the skipper of the Lady Bulldogs on Monday when his CHS squad defeated the Summit Lady Spartans 11-3 at home.
After mustering just one run in their first two outings of the season, the Lady Bulldogs crossed home plate at least once in each of the first six innings of Monday's contest en route to pounding out 15 hits against two Summit pitchers.
Cornersville starting hurler Taylor Wolaver helped her own cause by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, 1 RBI, and a run scored. Makayla Campbell (2 RBI), Kaitlyn Rogers (1 RBI), MandiLynn Calahan, Britton Stewart (1 RBI), and Ashley Beard (2 RBI) tallied two hits apiece for the Lady Bulldogs as well, while Makenzie Hopkins and Briley Bean (1 RBI) each had one hit.
"It feels good to get this first win. It really does. I'm glad to finally get that monkey off our backs," said Crabtree. "I'm pleased with the way we hit the ball. The bats finally came alive tonight."
Wolaver also went the distance in the circle to earn her first victory of the year, allowing three runs in seven innings of work on 10 hits and a walk while piling up nine strikeouts.
Annaka Baxter notched three hits, a RBI, and a run scored to pace the Lady Spartans at the plate and Lauren Fredette added two hits and a RBI.
Summit starting pitcher Lexie Shoemaker suffered the loss, yielding six runs over four innings on eight hits and a walk.
Wolaver worked around a pair of singles by Baxter and Shoemaker in the top of the first inning before the Lady Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the frame when Campbell scored on a RBI groundout by Brittney Crowell after lacing a leadoff triple into the left field corner.
Cornersville then opened up a 2-0 advantage in the second thanks to a leadoff single by Rogers, a Calahan sacrifice bunt, a Lady Spartan error, and a RBI single by Beard.
In the third, CHS plated another run to stretch their lead to 3-0 when Hopkins scored on a RBI double by Wolaver after reaching base on a one-out bloop double.
The Lady Bulldogs continued to distance themselves from Summit in the fourth by pushing across three runs in the frame to forge a 6-0 advantage. Following a leadoff single by Stewart, Bean was hit by a pitch before Campbell drove in Stewart with a RBI single. After Bean and Campbell both moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch, Crowell plated Bean with a RBI groundout to give CHS a 5-0 cushion while Campbell scored on a wild pitch a few moments later.
The Lady Spartans tallied three runs in the top of the fifth on a Kaylyn Johnson RBI groundout and a pair of RBI singles from Baxter and Fredette to narrow the gap to 6-3.
Cornersville, though, countered with two runs in the bottom half of the frame behind a leadoff single by Calahan, an error, and RBI singles from Beard and Bean to push their lead to 8-3.
The Lady Bulldogs then tacked on three more runs in the sixth on the strength of a Wolaver leadoff double, a single by Calahan, a couple of RBI singles from Rogers and Stewart, and a Campbell sacrifice fly to make it 11-3.
Summit put runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the seventh, but Wolaver bore down and retired the next three Lady Spartan batters on a strikeout and a pair of groundouts to close out CHS' victory.