Yellow Jackets sting Bulldogs with second loss

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Cornersville shortstop Tyler Lowery throws out Grundy County's Dylan Cleek at first base in the top of the fourth inning. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Bulldogs suffered just their second loss of the season on Thursday afternoon when they dropped a 10-3 decision to the Grundy County Yellow Jackets (9-3) at Joe George Field in the Rocket/Tiger Classic.

After both teams scored two runs in the first inning, Grundy County controlled the game the rest of the way and outscored CHS 8-1 over the final six frames to claim their ninth win of the season.

Sudden chill

Cornersville (8-2) had averaged eight runs per game coming into Thursday's contest, but saw their bats go cold against the Yellow Jackets, as they mustered just six hits and three walks against Grundy County starting pitcher Taten McBee and reliever Zack Sanders.

David Looney paced the Bulldogs at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Curt Taylor (2 RBI), Aaron Fox (1 RBI), Tyler Lowery, and Jody Sullivan each had one hit.

McBee picked up the win on the mound after yielding three runs in six innings of work.

The Yellow Jackets finished with a modest eight hits against four Cornersville pitchers, but were aided by 10 walks, two hit batsmen, and four Bulldog errors.

Rough time

"We really didn't play well in any of the three phases of the game. We didn't pitch well, we didn't field well, and we didn't hit well," said CHS coach Ben Putman. "If you play poorly in one phase, you can't let it affect you in the other phases."

Dylan Cleek (2 RBI), Chandler Knight, and Tanner Foutch each tallied two hits to pace Grundy County's offensive attack, while Cole Johnson (3 RBI) and Zach Sanders (1 RBI) notched one hit apiece.

Cornersville starting pitcher Tate Lowery suffered the loss and allowed seven runs over three and two-third innings on six hits and five walks. J.D. Crabtree was the most effective of CHS' three relievers and tossed one scoreless inning.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early 2-0 lead by pushing across two runs in the top of the first inning with the help of a hit batsman, a Cleek double, a wild pitch, and an error.

CHS mounted an immediate response and plated two runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 2-2. Looney singled with two outs before advancing to second on a single by Fox. After both runners moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch, Taylor lined a two-run single into left field.

Jackets pull ahead

Grundy County quickly pulled back ahead, as they crossed home plate four times in the top of the second inning on the strength of a two-run single by Johnson, a Sanders RBI single, and a RBI groundout by McBee to seize a 6-2 advantage.

The Yellow Jackets then stretched their lead to 7-2 in the top of the fourth when Knight scored on a Bulldog error after drawing a leadoff walk, stealing second, and advancing to third on a groundout by Cleek.

Grundy County notched two more runs in the top of the fifth on a RBI fielder's choice by Cleek and a Johnson sacrifice fly to open up a 9-2 advantage before Cornersville scratched out a run in the bottom half of the frame to trim the deficit to 9-3. After the Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out on a Crabtree walk and a pair of singles by Tyler Lowery and Looney, Fox drew a walk to bring home Crabtree.

In the top of the seventh, the Yellow Jackets tacked on another run thanks to a RBI double by Cleek to cap their 10-3 victory.