CMS Lady Bulldogs rally past Lewisburg

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Cornersville catcher Emma Mitchell throws out Lewisburg's Courtney Edde at third base after fielding a bunt by Lexi Cashion in the bottom of the third inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (16-3) conquered another foe on Friday afternoon, as they extended their current winning streak to 13 games by defeating the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes 9-6 on the road.

Having defeated Cornersville 10-9 in their previous encounter on March 7, Lewisburg (8-3) held a 4-1lead through the first three innings of play in Friday's contest, but the Lady Bulldogs saw their bats warm up after that point and pushed across eight runs over the next three frames to seize a 9-5 advantage.

Cornersville then fended off a late rally attempt by the Tigerettes to snap a five-game losing streak against LMS.

'Proud' coach

"I'm proud of them. What else can I say," said Cornersville coach Sherry Campbell. "It wasn't quite as exciting as the first time we played them, but winning feels a lot better. We're hitting the ball well and we don't get down when things go wrong."

The Lady Bulldogs finished with 11 hits and three walks against Tigerette starting pitcher Brooklin Conger to go along with four Lewisburg errors.

"Errors killed us today. You can't make that many mistakes and expect to beat a good team," said LMS coach Lee Perryman.

Team leaders

Emma Mitchell led the Lady Bulldogs offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Hannah Singleton (1 RBI) and Sarah Beth Prosser also tallied two hits apiece, while Daisy Braden added a double and 3 RBI. Starting pitcher Mikaela King (2 RBI), Ali Blair Jones, and Taylor Powers each notched one hit for Cornersville as well.

King went the distance in the circle to pick up the victory and yielded six runs, three earned, in seven innings of work on six hits and a walk.

Sydne Solomon (2 RBI) and Leah Hollingsworth (1 RBI) recorded two hits apiece to pace the Tigerettes at the plate, while Hannah Sheppard and Conger both had a hit and a RBI.

Early leaders

Lewisburg jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by plating a run in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out RBI double by Sheppard.

The Lady Bulldogs tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third when Jones raced home on a two-out RBI single by King after singling and advancing to second on a Powers infield single.

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

LMS mounted an immediate response and crossed home plate three times in the bottom of the third on the strength of a hit batsman, a Hollingsworth bunt single, a two-run double by Solomon, and a Conger RBI single to claim a 4-1 advantage.

In the top of the fourth, Cornersville pushed across two runs to narrow the gap to 4-3 thanks to a leadoff single by Mitchell, a Prosser bloop single, a Lewisburg error, and a RBI single by Singleton.

The Tigerettes scratched out a run in the bottom of the fourth on a Hollingsworth RBI single to open up a 5-3 advantage, but the Lady Bulldogs sliced the deficit to 5-4 in the top of the fourth thanks to a RBI groundout by Braden.

The wheels then fell off for LMS in the top of the sixth, as Cornersville crossed home plate five times in the frame on the strength of Prosser single, three errors, a RBI fielder's choice by King, a Mitchell RBI single, and a two-run double by Braden to grab a 9-5 lead.

Momentum change

The Tigerettes notched a run in the bottom of the sixth with the aid of a Sheppard walk and an error to close the gap to 9-6, but King worked around a two-out single by Solomon in the bottom of the seventh to sew up the victory for the Lady Bulldogs.