Bulldogs whip Columbia Academy

Friday, April 13, 2012
Cornersville starting pitcher David Looney tossed four scoreless innings to help lead the Bulldogs to a 7-1 win over Columbia Academy on Monday. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After posting a 0-3-1 record at the Marshall County Invitational last week, the Cornersville Bulldogs righted the ship on Monday night by defeating defending District 11-A regular season champ Columbia Academy 7-1 at home.

Aided by a solid pitching performance from freshman hurler David Looney, the Bulldogs (8-5-1, 6-1 District) held a 3-0 lead through the first four innings of play before crossing home plate four more times over the next two frames to pull away for the six-run victory.

"Considering what we've been through the last week, this was a real big win," said Cornersville coach Ben Putman. "Columbia Academy is a quality team and this was an important District game so there are a number of reasons why this was a big win."

Cornersville shortstop Joe Stocstill throws out Columbia Academy's Blake Hayes at first base in the top of the sixth inning.

Having scored just a total of three runs in their last four outings, the Bulldogs broke out of their offensive slump in Monday's contest and pounded out 11 hits against three CA pitchers.

Zach Richards went 3-for-4 with 1 RBI and a run scored to lead Cornersville's resurgence at the plate, while Tyler Lowery, Cody Blackburn, and Joe Stocstill (1 RBI) each notched two hits with Stocstill belting a homerun. Matt Callender and Andrew Giles also had one hit apiece for CHS and drove in two and one run respectively.

Looney tossed four shutout innings to earn the victory on the mound and registered six strikeouts while allowing three hits and two walks. Callender then came on in relief and gave up one run over the final three innings on three hits and a walk to go along with three strikeouts.

"I thought that was the best we've hit the ball in the last two weeks," said Putman. "We got a good performance on the mound from Looney and Callender. Looney was starting his first District game so he did really well for a freshman."

Jeff Logsdon and Nick Hayes both tallied two hits to pace Columbia Academy offensively. CA starting pitcher Drew Thornton suffered the loss, yielding three runs over four innings on six hits and a walk.

The Bulldogs jumped on Columbia Academy (5-7, 2-2 District) early and pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning to grab a 3-0 lead. After loading the bases on consecutive singles by Lowery, Blackburn, and Stocstill, Callender drew a walk to bring home Lowery. Richards then drove in courtesy runner Chance Dyer with a RBI single to make it 2-0, before Stocstill scored on a RBI fielder's choice by Giles.

In the top of the third, CA loaded the bases with two outs thanks to a walk and a pair of singles by Cole Patton and Logsdon, but Looney retired the next two Columbia Academy batters on a strikeout and an infield pop up to escape the inning unscathed.

CA then left a runner at third in each of the next two innings before Cornersville broke the game open in the fifth by plating three runs in the frame to forge a 6-0 advantage. After Stocstill clubbed a solo homer over the centerfield fence to give CHS a 4-0 lead, the Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out on consecutive singles by Callender, Richards, and Giles. Jacob Griffis then drew a walk to bring home Callender before Richards scored on a Dillon Bean sacrifice bunt.

The Bulldogs tacked on another run in the sixth with the help of a bloop single by Blackburn, a passed ball, a wild pitch, and a Callender sacrifice fly to push their lead to 7-0.

Columbia Academy then spoiled Cornersville's shutout bid in the top of the seventh thanks to a two-out RBI single by Keith Gray for the 7-1 final.