Lady Bulldogs pummel Mt. Pleasant
Coming off a disappointing 8-6 loss to Columbia Academy in the second round of the District 11-A tournament three days earlier, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs prolonged their stay in the playoffs by defeating tourney host Mt. Pleasant 12-2 in six innings on Monday night in the loser's bracket.
Having outscored Mt. Pleasant 20-1 in their two regular season encounters, the Lady Bulldogs (10-10) continued to feast on Lady Tiger pitching and pounded out 11 hits against starting hurler Ciara Cates to go along with seven walks.
Leadoff hitter Makayla Campbell sparked CHS' offense by going 3-for-4 with a triple, three stolen bases, 1 RBI, and two runs scored. Ashley Beard tallied three hits and 1 RBI as well, while Kaitlyn Rogers went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, 1 RBI, and two runs scored. MandiLynn Calahan, Makenzie Hopkins, and Kelsey Wortham also had one hit apiece for the Lady Bulldogs with Wortham knocking in two runs.
Cornersville starting pitcher Taylor Wolaver turned in a solid performance and went the distance in the circle to earn the victory, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings of work to go along with three strikeouts.
"It's good to get back on the right track. I was pleased with the way we hit the ball tonight," said CHS coach Eric Crabtree. "We played hard and got our uniforms dirty. I thought it was a good overall performance."
Dara Dugger had two hits to pace Mt. Pleasant at the plate, while Emily McNeese cranked a solo homerun.
The Lady Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a solo homer by McNeese, but Cornersville answered with two runs in the bottom half of the frame to pull ahead 2-1. After singling and stealing second, Campbell raced home to tie the game at 1-1 when an errant pickoff throw from Mt. Pleasant catcher Macy Davis sailed into the outfield. Calahan then belted a triple to centerfield prior to scoring on a RBI groundout by Wolaver.
In the second, Wolaver worked around a leadoff double by Dugger in the top half of the inning before the Lady Bulldogs padded their lead by pushing across five runs in the bottom part of the frame to open up a 7-1 advantage.
Following a leadoff walk by Brittney Crowell, Beard reached base on a bunt single to put runners on first and second with no outs. Wortham then plated Crowell and Beard by smacking a two-run triple down the right field line before coming home on a Britton Stewart RBI groundout to make it 5-1. After Campbell singled and stole second, Calahan drew a walk while Campbell advanced to third on a wild pitch. Campbell then scored on a double steal to give CHS a 6-1 lead before Wolaver drove in Calahan with a RBI groundout.
Cornersville continued to distance themselves from the Lady Tigers in the third and plated three runs in the inning with the help of a Rogers triple, a RBI sacrifice bunt by Crowell, a Beard infield single, a walk by Wortham, a Mt. Pleasant error, and a Campbell RBI double to forge a 10-1 advantage.
The Lady Tigers trimmed the deficit to 10-2 in the top of the fourth on a RBI single by Davis, but the Lady Bulldogs brought the mercy rule into effect in the sixth by crossing home plate twice in the frame thanks to a double by Hopkins, a Rogers RBI single, a passed ball, a walk by Crowell, and a Beard RBI bunt single to cap their 12-2 triumph.