Summertown subdues Bulldogs 4-1

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Cornersville pitcher Cody Blackburn throws out Summertown's Bryce Giles at first base in the bottom of the second inning. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Friday, the Cornersville Bulldogs (8-4) suffered their second straight loss when they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Summertown Eagles (8-2) in the Rocket/Tiger Classic at Joe George Field.

Cornersville held a 1-0 lead at the end of the third inning, but saw their bats go silent after that point while Summertown outscored CHS 4-0 the rest of the way to claim the three-run victory.

Eagle starting pitcher Austin Matthews kept the Bulldogs off balance at the plate by effectively mixing his off speed pitches with his fast ball and limited Cornersville to just four hits in seven innings of work to go along with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Mixing it up

"He's a good pitcher. We got on him early and kind of went quiet after that. He was good at mixing up his speeds," said CHS coach Ben Putman.

Designated hitter Neil Davis led the Bulldogs at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a RBI, while starting hurler Cody Blackburn and Jacob Griffis each had one hit.

Blackburn also turned in a solid effort on the mound, but had to settle for the loss after yielding four runs, three earned, on six hits and a walk over six innings while notching two strikeouts.

"Cody pitched well and had only a couple of balls hit hard off him, but when Summertown got runners on they did a good job of moving them over and getting them in. They do the little things well," said Putman.

Nathan Morrison tallied a pair of hits and a run scored to pace the Eagles' offense, while Konner Ambrose added a double, a RBI, and a run scored. Curt Ambrose (1 RBI), Bryce Giles, and Bryson Lyons each singled for Summertown as well.

Good start

Cornersville's Matt Callender rounds third while scoring on a RBI single by Neil Davis in the top of the first inning against Summertown.

Cornersville got off to a promising start and pushed across a run in the top of the first inning on three hits to take a 1-0 lead. Following a two-out single by Blackburn, courtesy runner Matt Callender advanced to second on a single by Griffis before sprinting home on a Davis RBI single.

The Eagles left runners at the corners in the bottom of the first, but plated a run in the second inning with the help of two hit batsmen, a Quentin Crowell sacrifice bunt, and a RBI groundout by Ty Riddle to tie the game at 1-1.

Summertown then grabbed a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third by scoring two runs in the frame thanks to a leadoff walk by Luke Scott, a Morrison infield single, a CHS error, and a RBI sacrifice bunt by Konner Ambrose.

Firmer lead

In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles tacked on an insurance run to open up a 4-1 advantage. After Konner Ambrose belted a two-out double down the right field line, Blackburn plunked Matthews with a pitch before Curt Ambrose hit a bloop RBI single into left field.

Davis tried to start a Bulldog rally in the top of the seventh with a one-out single, but Matthews clinched the win for Summertown by inducing the next Cornersville batter to hit into a game ending 6-4-3 double play.