Lady Bulldogs blank MCHS

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Cornersville second baseman Taylor Wolaver snags a sinking line drive by Marshall County's Mary Kate McGehee in the top of the fourth inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (4-3) defeated the Marshall County Tigerettes on the softball diamond for the first time since 1997 on Friday night when they beat MCHS 3-0 at home behind a brilliant pitching performance from starting hurler Mary Taylor Hickman.

Playing their first game without cleanup hitter McKenzie Anderson, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury, Marshall County (2-9) had their offense shutdown by Hickman after averaging five runs per game in their previous 10 contests. The hard throwing right hander limited the Tigerettes to just three hits in seven scoreless innings of work while issuing no walks and recording eight strikeouts en route to earning her second win of the season.

Confidence

"Mary Taylor was stellar. She did a good job of keeping her tempo and hitting her spots. She kept the ball on the outside corner and the umpire gave it to her," said Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree. "It's a huge win for us self confidence wise. We knew we had to play almost flawless to beat them and we did that."

Starting pitcher Jacey Perryman went 2-for-3 to lead the Tigerettes at the plate, while Madison Thomason added one hit.

The Lady Bulldogs, conversely, finished with seven hits and one walk against Perryman while striking out just twice. Marshall County also made Perryman's job harder by committing three costly errors, which contributed to two of Cornersville's three runs.

"Jacey pitched well. They had one good inning and that was because of errors. They capitalized on our mistakes," said MCHS coach Heather Denton.

Centerfielder Miranda Cooksey (2 RBI), Hickman (1 RBI), second baseman Taylor Wolaver, Carson Coble, Briley Bean, Samantha Prosser, and Courtney Darnell tallied one hit apiece for the Lady Bulldogs.

Quick start

Marshall County third baseman Emily Martin throws out Wolaver at third base in the bottom of the second inning.

Cornersville left two runners on base in the first inning, but cashed in on some shaky defense by the Tigerettes in the bottom of the second and pushed across three runs in the frame to take a 3-0 lead.

Bean singled and advanced to second on a Marshall County throwing error to lead off the inning, before Prosser reached base on an error to put runners on first and second with no outs. After Hickman drove in Bean with a one-out RBI single to make it 1-0, courtesy runner Amala Elder stole second. Cooksey then plated Prosser and Elder by lacing a two-run single into centerfield.

Marshall County stranded a runner in scoring position in the top of the third, but had another chance to get on the board in the fourth inning when Thomason singled and advanced to second with one out on a wild pitch. The Lady Bulldog defense, however, made a couple of nice plays to help Hickman get out of the jam, as Wolaver snagged a sinking line drive by Mary Kate McGehee before Cooksey made a sliding catch on a fly ball by Mecia Reed to end the inning.

The Tigerettes tried to mount another comeback attempt in the top of the sixth and put a runner on second with one out thanks to a Perryman single and a sacrifice bunt by Allison Sheroski, but Hickman snuffed out the threat by retiring the next two MCHS batters on a fly out and a pop out.

Hickman then worked around a one-out error in the top of the seventh to clinch the win for Cornersville.