Columbia doubles up Lady Bulldogs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Cornersville shortstop Madison Hopkins throws out Columbia's Dareain Baker at first base in the top of the fourth inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Columbia Central (8-14) completed the season sweep of Cornersville on Friday night when they defeated the Lady Bulldogs 6-3 at CHS.

Having dropped a 7-6 decision to the Lady Lions in their last encounter on March 24, the Lady Bulldogs (7-6) battled Columbia to a 3-3 tie through the first six innings of play.

The Lady Lions, however, hit Cornersville with a haymaker in the top of the seventh and pushed across three runs in the inning to grab a 6-3 lead before holding CHS scoreless in the bottom half of the frame.

Only 3 hits

Although they drew seven walks, the Lady Bulldogs mustered just three hits against Columbia starting pitcher Tassy Lyles, who went the distance in the circle to pick up the win. Madison Hopkins (1 RBI), Mary Taylor Hickman (1 RBI), and starting hurler Taylor Wolaver tallied one hit apiece for Cornersville.

Despite having three runners thrown out on the paths, the Lady Lions pounded out 14 hits and drew two walks against Wolaver. Tassy Lyles helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, and a run scored. Takoya Lyles, Tamiyah Kinzer, and Dareain Baker notched two hits apiece for Columbia as well, while Alexus Johnson added a double and 2 RBI.

Columbia had a chance to take the lead in the top of the first after putting runners on first and second with two outs thanks to a Kinzer single and a walk by Baker. Kinzer then tried to score on a single by Tassy Lyles, but Cornersville left fielder Samantha Prosser gunned down Kinzer at the plate to keep the Lady Lions off the board.

One-run lead

Cornersville starting hurler Taylor Wolaver delivers a pitch to home plate in the top of the fourth inning against Columbia.

In the bottom of the second, the Lady Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead when Miranda Cooksey scored on a Columbia error after drawing a one-out walk and advancing to second on a single by Wolaver.

CHS' lead proved to be short lived, as the Lady Lions crossed home plate three times in the top of the third with the help of a Tassy Lyles sacrifice fly and a Johnson two-run double to seize a 3-1 advantage.

Columbia then stranded a runner at third in the top of the fourth before Cornersville plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth to knot the score at 3-3.

Coble drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch before scampering home on a two-out RBI single by Hopkins while Hopkins moved to second on the play thanks to an error. After Hopkins scored on a RBI bloop single by Hickman, Cooksey hit a deep fly ball into the right centerfield gap, but Lady Lion centerfielder Kendrica Pillow made a nice running catch to maintain the tie.

Lady Lions score

Tassy Lyles worked around two walks in the bottom of the sixth before Columbia struck for three runs in the top of the seventh to claim a 6-3 lead. Following a leadoff walk by Kinzer, Baker singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Kinzer then raced home on a RBI single by Tassy Lyles before pinch runner Jenni Vargas and Lyles pulled off a successful double steal. After Slinky Mullholland drove in Vargas with a RBI bunt single to make it 5-3, Lyles scored on a wild pitch a few moments later.

The Lady Bulldogs went down meekly in the bottom of the seventh, as Tassy Lyles retired CHS in order to close out the win for the Lady Lions.