Cowboys clip Bulldogs despite comeback try

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Cornersville starting pitcher Jody Sullivan, shown here against Mt. Pleasant, recorded nine strikeouts and allowed no hits over five innings in the Bulldogs 3-1 loss to Wyoming, Ohio. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After suffering a blowout loss to Ross, Ohio earlier in the day, the Cornersville Bulldogs (8-5) made a much better showing against their second opponent from the Buckeye state, but were still unable to come away with a victory, as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Wyoming Cowboys at Joe George Field on Saturday night in the Rocket/Tiger Classic.

The two teams were locked in a 1-1 tie through the first three innings of play before the Cowboys tallied two runs over the next three frames to seize a 3-1 advantage. Wyoming (2-0) then staved off a Bulldog comeback attempt in the top of the seventh to hold on for the two-run victory.

Bouncing back

"I'm very proud of the way we bounced back after a rough morning," said CHS coach Ben Putman. "We've got to find a way to score more runs though. That's been a problem for us all year."

Despite not allowing a hit in five innings of work, Cornersville starting pitcher Jody Sullivan was the tough luck loser on the mound, as he yielded two unearned runs on five walks while racking up nine strikeouts. Curt Taylor then came on in relief of Sullivan and gave up one run on three hits in the sixth inning.

The Bulldogs finished with eight hits against two Cowboy pitchers, but left nine men on base. Wyoming also made several stellar defensive plays to rob Cornersville of hits, while the Bulldogs made four errors, which led to two of the Cowboys' three runs.

Leading the way

Bulldog leadoff hitter Tate Lowery reached base all four times he came to the plate and went 2-for-2 with two walks and a double. Jesse Phillips (1 RBI), Aaron Fox, Sullivan, Dallas Wright, Chance Dyer, and Taylor each had one hit for Cornersville as well.

Starting pitcher Tucker Marty (1 RBI), Casey Howell, and Tim Rice each notched one hit for Wyoming. Marty picked up the victory on the mound as well after allowing one run in six and a third innings of work on seven hits and three walks. Cowboy reliever Will Marty recorded the final two outs of the contest to earn the save.

Cornersville grabbed an early 1-0 lead by pushing across a run in the top of the first inning. Following a leadoff walk by Tate Lowery, Looney hit into a fielder's choice to replace Lowery on the base paths. Looney then advanced to third on a Fox single and a Sullivan groundout before scoring on a RBI single by Phillips.

The Bulldogs quickly gave the lead away, as the Cowboys plated a run in the bottom of the first inning with the help of a Parker Chalmers walk, two errant pickoff throws, and a Will Marty RBI groundout to tie the game at 1-1.

Wyoming left a runner at second in each of the next two innings before grabbing a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Tucker Marty raced home on a wild pitch after reaching first base on an error and advancing to third on another errant pickoff throw.

After the Cowboys tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by Tucker Marty to open up a 3-1 advantage, the Bulldogs had a chance to tie the game in the top of the seventh when they put runners on second and third with one out thanks to a single by Taylor and a Lowery double.

Cornersville, however, was unable to cash in, as Will Marty retired the next two Bulldog batters on an infield popup and a strikeout to clinch the win for Wyoming.