Bulldogs pound Hampshire

Friday, March 30, 2012
Cornersville's Joe Stocstill, shown here against Santa Fe, belted a homerun and had 3 RBI in the Bulldogs' 12-0 win over Hampshire on Monday. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Bulldogs made easy work of District 11-A foe Hampshire earlier this week, as they recorded a pair of blowout victories over the Hawks to sweep the regular season series.

CHS opened the week by defeating Hampshire 12-0 at home in five innings on Monday before going on the road and thumping the Hawks 11-0 in another mercy rule shortened contest on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs (6-1, 5-1 District) took control of Monday's contest early and jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning prior to plating a run in the second to open up a 5-0 advantage. After crossing home plate six more times in the third inning to forge an 11-0 lead, Cornersville tacked on another run in the fourth to cap their 12-0 triumph.

Having allowed just one run in his first two outings of the season, starting pitcher Mikey Adams turned in another dominant performance on the mound against Hampshire, as the senior southpaw fanned 11 Hawk batters and yielded just three hits in five scoreless innings of work to run his record to 2-1 overall.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, tallied nine hits and drew three walks against Hampshire starting hurler Chris Cousino. Jonathan Douglas (1 RBI), Adams (3 RBI), Cody Blackburn (2 RBI), and Zach Richards (2 RBI) notched two hits apiece to lead Cornersville's offensive attack, while Joe Stocstill added a homerun and 3 RBI.

On Tuesday, Cornersville once again got off to a fast start against the Hawks, as they scored four runs in the top of the first inning to take a 4-0 lead before crossing home plate five more times in the second to open up a 9-0 cushion. The Bulldogs then plated a run in each of the next two innings to coast to the 11-0 victory.

Freshman starting pitcher David Looney threw four shutout innings for CHS to pick up the victory and gave up only two hits during that span while registering seven strikeouts. Stocstill then came on in relief of Looney in the fifth and allowed one hit in one scoreless inning of work to go along with three strikeouts.

Offensively, the Bulldogs finished with eight hits and three walks against two Hampshire hurlers. Andrew Giles and Stocstill both notched two hits to pace Cornersville at the plate and drove in three and two runs respectively. Blackburn also added a triple and 2 RBI, while Adams, Tyler Lowery, and Neil Davis all singled with Lowery knocking in two runs.