Raiderettes rough up Lady Bulldogs

Friday, March 23, 2012
Cornersville right fielder Breanne Dunkleman catches a fly ball by Moore County's Sara Raby in the top of the third inning. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Moore County defeated Cornersville on the softball diamond for the first time in nine years on Tuesday night, as the Raiderettes rolled to a surprisingly easy 13-4 victory over the Lady Bulldogs at CHS.

Owning a 16-game winning streak against Moore County coming into Tuesday's contest, the Lady Bulldogs (1-3) appeared to be in good shape early on and held a 4-1 lead through the first three innings of play.

Things, however, came unraveled for Cornersville after that point, as the Raiderettes outscored CHS 12-0 over the final four frames to claim the nine-run victory.

After pounding out 15 hits the previous day against Summit, the Lady Bulldogs saw their bats go cold and mustered just two singles and two walks against Moore County starting pitcher Sierra Bateman to go along with three Raiderette errors.

MandiLynn Calahan went 1-for-2 with a walk to lead Cornersville at the plate, while Brittney Crowell added a hit and a run scored. Stating hurler Briley Bean drew a walk and scored a run for CHS as well.

Moore County, meanwhile, tallied 11 hits and six walks against two Lady Bulldog pitchers, but were also aided by six Cornersville errors, which contributed to five of the Raiderettes' 13 runs.

"We took it on the chin tonight. You can't take anything away from Moore County because they're a solid team. Even though they're not in our District anymore, this is still a rivalry game," said CHS coach Eric Crabtree. "I thought their pitcher did a fantastic job, but we've got to learn how to fight through adversity better. I think we're going to be fine, but it hurts because I know we can play a lot better than this."

Bean suffered the loss in the circle and allowed seven runs, four earned, in four innings of work on seven hits and three walks to go along with three strikeouts.

Catcher Katie Bowles spearheaded the Raiderettes' offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI. Kelsey Camp, Emily Powell, Bateman, Kyleigh Camp, Sara Raby, Katie Price, Savannah Stephens, and Brittany Lowe recorded one hit apiece for Moore County as well with Powell, Kyleigh Camp, Raby, Stephens, and Lowe each driving in one run.