Summertown subdues Bulldogs in Region 6-A tourney finals
The Cornersville Bulldogs (18-14) finally hit a speed bump during their historic playoff run when they lost 8-1 at home to District 12-A champ Summertown in the finals of the Region 6-A tournament.
Having overcome large deficits in each of their last two victories, the Bulldogs once again faced some early adversity and trailed 5-0 at the end of the first inning before tallying a run in the bottom of the second to trim the deficit to 5-1.
Cornersville, though, was unable to dig themselves out of a hole this time around, as the Eagles (30-5-1) held CHS scoreless over the final five innings while tacking on three more runs to claim their second win over CHS this season.
Despite Wednesday's loss, the Bulldogs still advance to the Sectional round of the playoffs where they will take on county rival Forrest on Friday night in Chapel Hill.
After scoring a total of 22 runs in their last two outings, Cornersville saw their offense cool off on Wednesday night and mustered just five hits and three walks against Summertown starting pitcher Austin Matthews.
"They are a good defensive team. We hit a lot of balls that had been getting through against other teams, but Summertown made the plays," said CHS Ben Putman.
Starting pitcher Matt Callender paced the Bulldogs at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while Jacob Griffis, Tate Lowery, and Zach Richards each had one hit.
The Eagles, meanwhile, finished with nine hits in the contest, but were also aided by seven Cornersville errors. Bryce Giles (1 RBI) and Nathaniel Morrison both notched two hits to lead Summertown's offensive attack.
Callender suffered the loss on the mound after yielding eight runs in six and two-third innings of work. Lowery then came on in relief of Callender and recorded the final two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
Summertown grabbed the momentum early, as they crossed home plate five times in the top of the first inning on the strength of a RBI bloop single by Luke Scott, a Matthews two-run double, a RBI double by Konnor Ambrose, and a Quentin Crowell RBI groundout to take a 5-0 lead.
The Bulldogs left a runner at second in the bottom of the first, but plated a run in the second inning to narrow the gap to 5-1. After loading the bases with one out on a single by Callender, a Griffis double, and a walk by Jody Sullivan, David Looney drove in Callender with a sacrifice fly.
The Eagles then pushed across a run in the top of the fourth on a RBI infield single by Giles to open up a 6-1 advantage before Morrison worked around a leadoff double by Callender in the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Summertown tacked on two unearned runs with the help of two CHS errors, a single by Morrison, a hit batsman, and an Ambrose sacrifice fly to cap their 8-1 win.