Bulldogs whip Mt. Pleasant

Friday, March 21, 2014
Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber Cornersville starting pitcher David Looney recorded 12 strikeouts over six innings to help lead the Bulldogs to an 8-1 win over Mt. Pleasant.

On Tuesday, the Cornersville Bulldogs completed the season sweep of District 11-A foe Mt. Pleasant when they defeated the Tigers 8-1 on the road.

Cornersville (6-0, 4-0 District) held a 2-0 lead through the first three innings of play before plating six runs over the next three frames to open up an 8-0 advantage en route to claiming their fifth straight win over Mt. Pleasant.

No. 3 in the books

After not yielding a run in his first two outings of the season, Bulldog starting pitcher David Looney turned in another strong performance on the mound to earn his third win of the year, as he racked up 12 strikeouts over six innings while yielding one run on four hits and two walks. Tate Lowery then came on in relief of Looney and recorded three strikeouts in one perfect inning of work.

Cornersville, meanwhile, finished with eight hits and four walks against two Tiger pitchers to go along with two Mt. Pleasant errors.

Sophomore left fielder J.D. Crabtree enjoyed a career day at the plate, as he went 3-for-3 with a double, 2 RBI, and two runs scored to lead CHS' offensive attack. Aaron Fox also added two hits and 3 RBI, while Tyler Lowery belted a two-run homer. Dallas Wright and Chance Dyer notched one hit apiece for the Bulldogs as well.

C.J. Russell (1 RBI), Cole Hutcheson, starting pitcher Bradey Gill, and Wyatt Davis registered one hit apiece for the Tigers (2-4, 1-3 District). Gill suffered the loss on the mound for Mt. Pleasant and yielded five runs over five innings on four hits and two walks.

In front early

Cornersville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Tyler Lowery raced home on a two-out RBI single by Fox after reaching base on an error and advancing to second on a Curt Taylor groundout.

The Bulldogs tacked on another run in the top of the second to open up a 2-0 advantage. After drawing a one-out walk and advancing to second on a passed ball, Dyer moved to third on a Mt. Pleasant error while Wright reached base on the play. Crabtree then drove in Dyer with a RBI single.

In the top of the fourth, the Bulldogs broke the game open by tallying three runs in the frame to extend their lead to 5-0. Dyer led off the inning with a single before sprinting home on a one-out RBI double by Crabtree to make it 3-0. Tyler Lowery then cranked a two-run shot over the left centerfield fence.

Double play

The Tigers had a chance to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the fourth when they put runners on second and third with no outs thanks to a Hutcheson single, a walk, and a passed ball, but Looney induced Russell to hit into an inning ending 1-3-2 double play to snuff out the threat.

Mt. Pleasant left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth before the Bulldogs crossed home plate three more times in the top of the sixth to forge an 8-0 advantage. Following a double by Wright, Crabtree singled and Tyler Lowery drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Wright then came home on a RBI walk by Tate Lowery before Fox plated Crabtree and Tyler Lowery with a two-run single.

The Tigers spoiled Cornersville's shutout bid by scratching out a run in the bottom of the sixth on a leadoff double by Gill and a Russell RBI single for the 8-1 final.