CMS girls double up Bridgeforth

Friday, March 7, 2014
Cornersville second baseman KiAnna Holder throws out Bridgeforth's Allison Abernathy at first base in the top of the fifth inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Sherry Campbell picked up her first win as the head coach of the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs softball team on Tuesday night when CMS defeated the Bridgeforth Lady Bobcats 4-2 at home.

Bridgeforth held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the second inning, but the Lady Bulldogs (1-1) tallied three runs over the next three frames while Cornersville starting pitcher Mikaela King held the Lady Bobcats scoreless the rest of the way.

After getting off to a rocky start, King settled down and silenced Bridgeforth's bats, as she yielded two unearned runs in seven innings of work on five hits and two walks to go along with five strikeouts.

Win feels good

"It felt pretty good to get a win," said Campbell. "Mikaela pitched well for us. She had to overcome some adversity at the start of the game, but she usually doesn't get warmed up until about the fourth inning."

The Lady Bulldogs also mustered just five hits in the contest, but were aided by five walks and two Lady Bobcat errors. Taylor Powers led Cornersville at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. KiAnna Holder (1 RBI), Ali Blair Jones (1 RBI), and Hannah Singleton notched one hit apiece for CMS as well.

Ali Hamlett paced Bridgeforth's offense with two hits, while starting hurler Bianca Malone, Grace Gerlach, and Allison Abernathy each had one hit. Malone also went the distance in the circle for the Lady Bobcats and suffered the loss.

Opening gift

Bridgeforth was in a giving mood at the start of the game, as the Lady Bulldogs scored a run in the bottom of the first inning with the help of two walks, an error, and an illegal pitch to grab a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Bobcats then plated two runs in the top of the second thanks to an infield single by Abernathy, a Malone bloop single, a sacrifice bunt by Kendall Mitchell, and a CMS throwing error to pull ahead 2-1.

Cornersville, however, quickly counterpunched and pushed across two runs in the bottom half of the second to seize a 3-2 advantage. After loading the bases on a Powers infield single and a pair of walks from Gabriel King and Singleton, Holder drove in Powers with a RBI fielder's choice while Bridgeforth failed to throw out a runner on the play. Mitchell then drew a bases loaded walk to bring home King for the second run of the inning.

Ahead to stay

In the bottom of the third, the Lady Bulldogs stretched their lead to 4-2 when Powers raced home on a RBI groundout by Jones after belting a one-out triple into the right centerfield gap.

Cornersville first baseman Sarah Beth Prosser makes an underhand toss to second baseman KiAnna Holder for an out after fielding a groundball by Bridgeforth's Kendall Mitchell in the top of the fourth inning.

Bridgeforth had a chance to cut into the deficit in the top of the sixth when they put a runner on second with one out thanks to a Cornersville error and a wild pitch, but Mikaela King retired the next two Lady Bobcat batters on a strikeout and a groundout to snuff out the threat.

Cornersville starting pitcher Mikaela King allowed just five hits in seven innings of work to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 4-2 win over Bridgeforth.

Mikaela King then sat down Bridgeforth in order in the top of the seventh to close out the win for the Lady Bulldogs.