Richland walks past Cornersville in District 11-A battle
The Cornersville Bulldogs fell into a tie for first place with Columbia Academy in the District 11-A standings after losing 11-1 on the road to the Richland Raiders on Thursday in six innings.
Richland (11-12, 7-5 District) mustered just six hits in the contest against two CHS pitchers, but were aided by 10 walks and three CHS errors, which led to five of the Raiders' 11 runs.
Bryce Bub did the most damage at the plate for Richland, as he went 2-for-3 with a walk, a grand slam homerun, 4 RBI, and two runs scored. Caleb Briggs also tallied two hits and a RBI, while starting pitcher David McCrae added a two-run homer. William McCrae had a hit for the Raiders as well.
Although he recorded eight strikeouts, Bulldog starting pitcher Jody Sullivan struggled with his control the entire afternoon and yielded eight runs, six earned, in five and a third innings of work on four hits and 10 walks en route to suffering his third loss of the year. Tate Lowery then came on in relief of Sullivan and gave up three unearned runs on two hits in a third of an inning.
David McCrae went the distance on the mound to pick up the win and limited CHS (12-9, 8-2 District) to just three hits in the contest to go along with six strikeouts.
David Looney belted a solo homerun to account for Cornersville's lone run of the contest, while Lowery went 2-for-3 with a double.
After the Bulldogs stranded a runner at third in the in the top of the first inning, Sullivan retired Richland in order in the bottom half of the frame.
Sullivan, though, ran into trouble in the bottom of the second, as the Raiders pushed across six runs in the frame on the strength of four walks, a Briggs RBI double, and a grand slam by Bub to take a 6-0 lead.
Cornersville had a chance to put a dent in Richland's lead in the top of the third when Lowery laced a two-out double into the left centerfield gap, but David McCrae retired the next CHS batter on a groundout to snuff out the threat.
The Raiders then left two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the third before Sullivan worked around a couple of one-out walks in the fourth and fifth innings.
Looney finally got the Bulldogs on the board in the top of the sixth when he cranked a solo homerun over the left field fence to trim the deficit to 6-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, Richland brought the mercy rule into effect by crossing home plate five times in the frame with the help of three Cornersville errors, a Bub single, and a two-run homer by David McCrae to cap their 11-1 victory.