Lady Bulldogs shutout Mt. Pleasant

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs notched their second straight win by defeating District 11-A foe Mt. Pleasant 7-0 at home on Tuesday afternoon.

Cornersville starting pitcher Taylor Wolaver tossed a two-hit shutout to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 7-0 victory over Mt. Pleasant.

Sophomore pitcher Taylor Wolaver went the distance in the circle for Cornersville to run her record to 3-0 on the season, allowing just two hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings of work while recording six strikeouts. Kayleigh Vandygriff and Ciara Cates both singled to account for both Lady Tiger hits.

The Lady Bulldogs (3-3, 1-1 District), meanwhile, tallied seven hits and drew two walks against Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Emily McNeese to go along with three Lady Tiger errors.

Leadoff hitter Makayla Campbell sparked CHS' offense by going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and three runs scored. Shortstop Makenzie Hopkins also added a pair of doubles, while Kaitlyn Rogers and Breanne Dunkleman each had one hit with Dunkleman driving in a run.

"Taylor pitched pretty well today. She battled through some early adversity and her endurance is getting better," said Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree. "After the first couple of innings we stopped chasing the first pitch and started being more patient at the plate. Sometimes we tend to be overly aggressive when we face slower pitching."

Mt. Pleasant had a chance to get on the board in the top of the first inning after putting runners on first and second with no outs thanks to a Vandygriff single and an error, but Wolaver retired the next three Lady Tiger hitters on a fielder's choice, a groundout, and a strikeout to escape the jam.

The Lady Bulldogs then plated a run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. After roping a leadoff double into leftfield, Campbell advanced to third on a Hopkins groundout before coming home on a wild pitch.

In the third, Cornersville opened up a 2-0 advantage when Campbell scored on a Brittney Crowell sacrifice bunt after blasting a triple off the base of the left field fence.

Mt. Pleasant then stranded runners at first and second in the top of the fourth before CHS pushed across two more runs in the bottom half of the frame to stretch their lead to 4-0.

Cornersville's Kaitlyn Rogers slides underneath the tag of Mt. Pleasant catcher Macy Davis while scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Rogers led off the fourth with a single prior to advancing to third on two passed balls. After Ashley Beard reached first base on a Lady Tiger error and stole second, Briley Bean struck out, but Mt. Pleasant catcher Macy Davis dropped the third strike and had to throw the ball to first while Rogers raced home on the play to make it 3-0. Dunkleman then drove in Beard by lacing a RBI single into centerfield.

The Lady Bulldogs pushed their lead to 5-0 in the fifth when Crowell scored on a RBI groundout by Wolaver after drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to third on a Hopkins double.

Cornersville then tacked on two more runs in the sixth with the help of a single by Campbell and two Lady Tigers errors to cap their 7-0 victory.