LMS Tigerettes outlast Cornersville

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Lewisburg pitcher Brooklin Conger throws out Cornersville's Emma Mitchell at first base in the bottom of the fifth inning. Photos by Louis Scheuchenzuber

On Friday night, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (2-0) defeated Cornersville Middle School for the fifth straight time when they pulled out a wild 10-9 road victory over the Lady Bulldogs (2-2) in nine innings.

Cornersville held a 6-5 lead through the first six innings of play, before the Tigerettes pulled ahead 8-6 in the top of the seventh thanks to a three-run homer from Sydne Solomon.

Fighting to end

After the Lady Bulldogs pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh to knot the contest at 8-8, both teams scored a run in the eighth inning to leave the game tied at 9-9.

Lewisburg then tallied a run in the top of the ninth to seize a 10-9 lead before holding CMS scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to take home the hard fought victory.

The Tigerettes finished with 10 hits and two walks against Cornersville starting pitcher Mikaela King, but the Lady Bulldogs also made King's job harder by committing six errors, which contributed to six of Lewisburg's 10 runs.

Leah Hollingsworth led the Tigerettes' at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a walk, 2 RBI, and two runs scored. Solomon (3 RBI) and starting pitcher Halle Chapman both tallied two hits for LMS as well, while Lexi Cashion (1 RBI), Taylor Walls, and Alli Hobbs each had one hit.

The Lady Bulldogs pounded out 15 hits against two Lewisburg hurlers to go along with a walk and six Tigerette errors, but left nine women on base and had two other runners thrown out on the base paths.

Cornersville shortstop Hannah Singleton throws out Lewisburg's Brooklin Conger at first base in the top of the second inning.

Hannah Singleton sparked Cornersville's offense by going 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. King also added three hits and two runs scored, while Emma Mitchell (3 RBI) and Christina Henline (1 RBI) notched two hits apiece. Taylor Powers (2 RBI), Daisy Braden (1 RBI), Ali Blair Jones, and Sarah Beth Prosser each recorded one hit for the Lady Bulldogs as well.

Tigerette relief pitcher Brooklin Conger picked up the win in the circle and yielded five runs, three earned, over six and two-third innings on eight hits and a walk.

Cornersville got off to a fast start and pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning on the strength of a Singleton double, a sacrifice bunt by KiAnna Holder, a Powers sacrifice fly, a LMS error, a King bloop single, and a two-run double by Mitchell to take a 3-0 lead.

Suddenly close

The Lady Bulldogs opened up a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the second on a RBI infield single by Powers, but the Tigerettes scratched out a run in the top of the third with the help of a Hollingsworth single, a wild pitch, and a CMS error to trim the deficit to 4-1.

Lewisburg took advantage of more Cornersville defensive miscues in the fourth inning, as they plated four runs in the frame with the help of three Lady Bulldog errors, a Chapman single, a RBI single by Hollingsworth, and a Cashion RBI sacrifice bunt to grab a 5-4 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, CMS pulled back ahead by notching two runs in the frame on a LMS error, a Braden RBI single, a single by Prosser, and a Henline RBI double to claim a 6-5 advantage.

King then retired Lewisburg in order in the sixth inning, but Solomon put the Tigerettes up 8-6 in the top of the seventh by blasting a three-run shot over the right centerfield fence after Cashion and Walls both singled.

Lewisburg was unable to hold onto the lead, as the Lady Bulldogs tallied two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 8-8 behind a leadoff double by King, a Mitchell RBI single, and an errant pickoff throw, which allowed Mitchell to score all the way from first on the play.

Pulling ahead

The Tigerettes then seized a 9-8 advantage in the top of the eighth thanks to a RBI double by Hollingsworth, but Cornersville plated a run in the bottom half of the frame on a Powers RBI groundout to retie the score at 9-9.

Solomon, however, came through in the clutch for LMS again in the top of the ninth when she scored on a RBI groundout by Hobbs to give Lewisburg a 10-9 lead after singling, stealing second, and advancing to third on an error.

Conger then worked around a two-out error in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win for the Tigerettes.