Lady Bulldogs fly past Fayetteville

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Cornersville High School honored senior softball players Taylor Wolaver, left, and Amala Elder before the Lady Bulldogs' doubleheader against Fayetteville on Thursday. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (9-7) completed the sweep of a doubleheader against Fayetteville by whipping the Lady Tigers 12-2 in five innings at home.

After scoring only three runs in the first game of the afternoon, the Lady Bulldogs saw their bats heat up in the second contest and pounded out 13 hits overall against Fayetteville starting pitcher Riley Fleming and reliever Allie Heffington.

Good performance

Third baseman Kirsten Young showed no ill effects from a wrist injury that has kept her shelved for most of the season and led Cornersville at the plate by going 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Kelsey Wortham (3 RBI), eighth grader Emma Mitchell (1 RBI), and Samantha Prosser tallied two hits apiece for the Lady Bulldogs as well, while Miranda Cooksey (2 RBI), Taylor Wolaver (1 RBI), Mary Taylor Hickman (1 RBI), and Madison Hopkins each had one hit.

Eighth grade pitcher Mikaela King went the distance in the circle for Cornersville to pick up the first win of her CHS career, as she yielded two runs in five innings of work on five hits and two walks to go along with three strikeouts.

Tamyia Haston (1 RBI) and Taylor Bryan notched two hits apiece to pace the Lady Tigers offensively, while Shelby Peardon had one hit. Fleming suffered the loss in the circle after allowing four runs over one plus inning on six hits.

Two-run first

With the Lady Bulldogs serving as the road team in the second game, Cornersville jumped out to an early 2-0 lead by pushing across two runs in the top of the first inning. Wortham doubled with one out to start things for the Lady Bulldogs prior to advancing to third on a Hopkins groundout. After plating Wortham with a RBI single, Wolaver advanced to second on a single by Prosser. Hickman then drove in Wolaver by smacking a RBI single into centerfield.

Fayetteville had a chance to potentially tie the game in the bottom of the first after putting runners on second and third with two outs, but King retired Allie Heffington on an infield pop up to escape the inning unscathed.

In the top of the second, the Lady Bulldogs tallied two more runs to open up a 4-0 advantage. Following a leadoff single by Young, Mitchell blasted a RBI triple off the left centerfield fence before scoring on the play thanks to a Lady Tiger throwing error.

More runs

Heffington held CHS scoreless in the third inning, but the Lady Bulldogs tacked on three runs in the top of the fourth to stretch their lead to 7-0. After leading off the inning with a single, Young advanced to third on a single by Mitchell while Mitchell reached second base on the throw. Cooksey then laced a two-run single into left field and advanced to third on a Fayetteville throwing error before racing home on a Wortham RBI groundout.

The Lady Tigers notched two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a bases loaded walk by Amari Bryson and a Haston RBI single to trim the deficit to 7-2, but the Lady Bulldogs put the game completely out of reach by crossing home plate five times in the top of the fifth with the help of five Fayetteville errors, an infield single by Young, and a Wortham two-run single to forge a 12-2 advantage.

King then retired the Lady Tigers in order in the bottom of the fifth to wrap up the victory for Cornersville.