CMS Lady Bulldogs blast Bridgeforth

Friday, March 15, 2013
Cornersville's Madison Hopkins slides safely into second while stealing a base in the bottom of the first inning against Bridgeforth. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (4-4) enjoyed their most productive day at the plate this season when they pummeled the Bridgeforth Lady Bobcats 16-2 in five innings at home on Tuesday.

Bridgeforth held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning, but it was all Cornersville after that point, as CMS exploded for 16 runs over the next three frames to coast to their fourth win of the year.

Bolstered by a 10-run fourth inning, the Lady Bulldogs finished with 16 hits and three walks against Bridgeforth starting pitcher Bianca Malone.

Lead hitter

Madison Hopkins led Cornersville's hit parade by going 3-for-4 with a RBI, two stolen bases, and three runs scored. Samantha Prosser (5 RBI), starting hurler Kirsten Young (3 RBI), Aliyah Holder (3 RBI), Jewel Anne Walls (3 RBI), Hannah Singleton, and Courtney Darnell tallied two hits apiece for the Lady Bulldogs as well, while Emma Mitchell added a hit, a walk, and three runs scored.

"We just had to adjust after we went through the order the first time. It was the first time we faced a left-handed pitcher this season and we had to get used to her speed," said CMS coach Eric Crabtree. "We did a good job keeping our weight back and bringing our hands through the zone. We're slowly getting better, but there is still room for improvement."

Solid game

Cornersville pitcher Kirsten Young throws out Bridgeforth's Jensen Harper at first base in the top of the second inning.

Young turned in a solid performance in the circle and picked up her third win of the season by limiting the Lady Bobcats to two runs, only one earned, on just three hits and a walk over five innings while recording eight strikeouts. Cornersville also aided Young's cause by throwing out two Bridgeforth runners on the base paths.

Ombreyah Daly doubled to account for the Lady Bobcats' lone extra base hit of the contest, while Taylor McNairy and Rachel Norwood both singled.

Bridgeforth grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when McNairy scored on a wild pitch after leading off the frame with a single, stealing second, and advancing to third on a CMS error.

The Lady Bulldogs left a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the first, but broke through for two runs in the second inning to seize a 2-1 advantage. Cornersville loaded the bases with two outs on a bloop single by Darnell and a pair of walks by Mitchell and Darnell, before Young plated Darnell and Mitchell with a two-run double to right field.

Four-run inning

In the bottom of the third, the Lady Bulldogs began to open up some breathing room and crossed home plate four times in the frame with the help of a single and a pair of stolen bases from Hopkins, a Prosser RBI groundout, a double by Darnell, a Lady Bobcat error, a single and a stolen base from Mitchell, and a Walls two-run single to stretch their lead to 6-1.

Bridgeforth tallied a run in the top of the fourth thanks to a leadoff double by Daly, a wild pitch, and a RBI groundout by Malone to trim the deficit to 6-2.

The Lady Bulldogs, though, turned the game into a rout in the bottom of the fourth by crossing home plate 10 times in the inning on the strength of a RBI single by Prosser, a Holder two-run single, RBI singles from Walls, Young, and Hopkins, a Prosser three-run triple, and RBI single from Holder to forge a 16-2 advantage.

Young then kept the mercy rule in effect by striking out the side in the top of the fifth inning.