South Giles stops CMS Lady Bulldogs' win streak

Friday, April 4, 2014
Cornersville pitcher Mikaela King throws out South Giles' Taylor Teegarden at home plate to start a 1-2-5 double play in the top of the third inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Monday, the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (16-4) showed some signs of rust from a 10-day layoff, as they saw their 13-game winning streak come to an end with a 4-2 home loss at the hands of the South Giles Lady Eagles.

Having defeated South Giles 3-1 in their previous encounter on March 11, the Lady Bulldogs appeared to be in good shape early on in Monday's contest and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Few hits

Cornersville, however, saw their offense sputter after that point while the Lady Eagles outscored them 4-0 over the final six frames to earn a split of the regular season series.

The Lady Bulldogs scuffled at the plate for much of the afternoon and mustered just four hits against South Giles starting pitcher Hannah McComiskey to go along with three walks and two Lady Eagle errors.

Starting hurler Mikaela King tallied two hits to lead CMS offensively, while Hannah Singleton and Ali Blair Jones each had one hit.

Despite recording nine strikeouts, King was unable to overcome four Lady Bulldog errors and suffered the loss in the circle after allowing four runs, two earned, in seven innings of work on five hits and three walks.

Allie Toone notched two hits and a RBI to pace the Lady Eagles at the plate, while McComiskey, MaKenna Birdsong, and Ashlyn Kimbrough each had one hit.

Early help

The Lady Bulldogs cashed in on some defensive miscues by South Giles at the start of the contest and plated two runs in the frame with the help of two Lady Eagle errors, a Jones walk, a RBI fielder's choice by King, and a bases loaded walk by Daisy Braden to grab a 2-0 lead.

After stranding a runner in scoring position in the top of the second, South Giles had a chance to get on the board in the third inning when they loaded the bases with no outs thanks to an error, a hit batsman, and a Toone bunt single.

King, though, managed to escape the inning unscathed, as she struck out Anna Johnson before inducing McComiskey to hit into an inning ending 1-2-5 double play.

Cornersville catcher Emma Mitchell throws out South Giles' Kacie Sanders at first base after fielding a bunt in the top of the fourth inning.

Cornersville stranded two runners on base in the bottom of the third before the Lady Eagles finally broke the ice in the top of the fourth and crossed home plate three times in the frame with the help of an error, a hit batsman, a bloop single by Birdsong, a Kimbrough RBI groundout, a passed ball, and a RBI sacrifice bunt by Kacie Sanders to pull ahead 3-2.

No tie

The Lady Bulldogs had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth when Singleton belted a one-out double and advanced to third on a passed ball, but McComiskey retired the next two CMS batters on a pop out and a groundout to extinguish the threat.

South Giles then tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth on a RBI single by Toone to stretch their lead to 4-2 before McComiskey held Cornersville hitless over the final two frames to salt away the win for the Lady Eagles.