Lady Bulldogs stomp Santa Fe

Friday, April 11, 2014
Cornersville second baseman Hannah Singleton throws out Santa Fe's Mary Troy at first base in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Wednesday afternoon, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (7-4, 4-2 District) recorded their third straight blowout victory when they went on the road and whipped Santa Fe 12-0 in five innings to complete the season sweep of the Lady Wildcats.

Bolstered by a five-run fifth inning, the Lady Bulldogs pounded out 14 hits against two Santa pitchers to go along with four walks and three Lady Wildcat errors.

Double trouble

Starting pitcher Mary Taylor Hickman did plenty of damage with her bat and spearheaded Cornersville's offensive onslaught by going 4-for-4 with 4 RBI. Carson Coble also went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, 2 RBI, and three runs scored, while Briley Bean (3 RBI), Miranda Cooksey, and Kelsey Wortham added two hits apiece. Eighth grader Hannah Singleton also tallied a hit and a run scored in her CHS debut.

Hickman mowed down Santa Fe's lineup with relative ease, as she recorded seven strikeouts and yielded just three hits in four innings of work en route to picking up her fifth win of the season. Eighth grader Mikaela King then came on in relief of Hickman and notched one strikeout in one perfect inning.

Meg Lusk, Jordan Steward, and starting hurler Bailey Staggs each had one hit for the Lady Wildcats (2-6, 1-4 District). Staggs suffered the loss in the circle and gave up seven runs over three plus innings on seven hits and two walks.

Early start

The Lady Bulldogs pounced on Santa Fe early and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on the strength of a Coble single, a single by Wortham, a Madison Hopkins sacrifice fly, an error, and a pair of RBI singles by Hickman and Bean.

In the bottom of the second, the Lady Wildcats had a chance to cut into the deficit when they put runners on first and second with two outs thanks to singles by Steward and Staggs, but Hickman struck out the next Santa Fe batter to extinguish the threat.

Mercy rule

Cornersville's Miranda Cooksey lines a single into center field in the top of the fifth inning against Santa Fe.

Cornersville then stretched their lead to 5-0 by pushing across two runs in the top of the third. Following a leadoff single by Hickman, Cooksey drove in courtesy runner Amala Elder with a RBI triple before scoring on a Lady Wildcat error a few moments later.

The Lady Bulldogs hung up another crooked number in the top of the fourth and plated two runs in the frame to open up a 7-0 advantage. After Cornersville loaded the bases with one out on walks by Darnell, Coble, and Hopkins, Hickman laced a two-run single into left field to bring home courtesy runner Madison Spivey and Coble.

Cornersville then brought the mercy rule into effect by crossing home plate five more times in the fifth to forge a 12-0 lead.

Singleton led off the inning with a single before Prosser drew a walk. After both runners moved up 60 feet on a Courtney Darnell groundout, Coble belted a two-run double into the left centerfield gap. Coble then advanced to third on a single by Wortham prior to scoring on a Hopkins sacrifice fly to make it 10-0. Following a RBI single by Hickman, Cooksey singled to put runners on first and second with two outs before Bean slapped a RBI single into centerfield.

King then retired Santa Fe in order in the bottom of the fifth to wrap up the victory for the Lady Bulldogs.