Bulldogs rout Richland
On Monday, the Cornersville Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating District 11-A rival Richland 12-2 at home in five innings to improve their record to 7-2 in conference play.
Having scored a total of just four runs in their last three contests, the Bulldogs (9-8-1) saw their bats catch fire on Monday and pounded out 12 hits against two Raider pitchers to go along with two walks and three hit batsmen.
Cody Blackburn, Andrew Giles, and Zach Richards tallied two hits apiece to spearhead CHS' offensive attack with Blackburn and Giles both driving in two runs. Jacob Griffis (3 RBI), Dillon Bean (1 RBI), Joe Stocstill (1 RBI), Matt Callender, Tyler Lowery, and Jonathan Douglas each registered a hit for the Bulldogs as well.
Callender also got the start on the mound for Cornersville and turned in a solid pitching performance to earn his third win of the season, as he notched eight strikeouts in five innings of work while allowing two runs on nine hits.
Richland starting pitcher Andrew Jones suffered the loss after yielding 11 runs over three innings on 10 hits and two walks.
Carson Edwards went 3-for-3 with three doubles and 1 RBI to pace the Raiders at the plate, while A.J. Pettus had two hits and scored a run.
Richland had a chance to take the lead in the top of the first inning after putting runners on second and third with one out thanks to a Pettus single and a double by Edwards, but Callender struck out the next two Raider batters to extinguish the threat.
The Bulldogs stranded a man at third in the bottom half of the first before pushing across three runs in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Following a leadoff single by Lowery, Douglas drew a walk while Lowery advanced to third on a wild pitch. Douglas then stole second before Giles plated Lowery by ripping a RBI single down the left field line. After Douglas scored on a double steal to give CHS a 2-0 advantage, Giles advanced to third on the play thanks to a Richland throwing error. Giles then managed to steal home a few moments later despite getting caught in a rundown on a botched squeeze play.
Richland narrowed the gap to 3-1 in the top of the third on a RBI double by Edwards, but Cornersville blew the game open in the bottom half of the third by crossing home plate eight times in the frame with the help of a three-run double by Griffis, a Bean RBI double, two Raider errors, and RBI singles by Giles, Blackburn, and Stocstill to forge a 11-1 lead.
In the fourth inning, the Bulldogs opened up a 12-1 advantage when Douglas scored on a Blackburn RBI single after reaching base on a leadoff single and stealing second.
Richland trimmed the deficit to 12-2 in the top of the fifth on the strength of a Pettus single, a double by Edwards, and a Drew Abernathy RBI groundout. Cornersville, though, kept the mercy rule in effect, as Edwards was gunned down at home plate by Griffis on a Hayden Morris fielder's choice before Callender fanned Jordan Hale to end the game.