Lady Bulldogs outlast Tigerettes
It's never over till it's over. The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (10-7) spoiled Senior Night for the Marshall County Tigerettes on Monday evening when they rallied from a late five-run deficit to defeat MCHS 10-6 in eight innings at Reese Hambrick Field.
Although Cornersville had beaten Marshall County 3-0 in their previous encounter on March 28, the Tigerettes (8-10) came into Monday's contest riding a six-game winning streak and built a 6-1 lead through the first five innings of play.
The Lady Bulldogs, however, managed to claw their way back into the game and tallied five runs over the next two frames to knot the game at 6-6. Cornersville then completed their dramatic comeback by pushing across four runs in the top of the eighth to sweep the season series against Marshall County.
"I was proud of the way that we kept fighting. We didn't hang our heads when we made a few mistakes," said CHS coach Eric Crabtree. "We've known that we're a good team, but tonight I think we finally started to believe that we're a good team."
Bolstered by their late offensive explosion, the Lady Bulldogs banged out 15 hits overall to go along with three walks. Right fielder Kelsey Wortham led Cornersville's offensive attack by going 3-for-5 with a RBI and three runs scored. Carson Coble (2 RBI), Hannah Singleton (2 RBI), Samantha Prosser (1 RBI), Taylor Wolaver, and Emma Mitchell notched two hits apiece for CHS as well, while starting pitcher Mary Taylor Hickman and Kirsten Young both added a hit and a RBI.
Marshall County finished with 10 hits and eight walks against two Lady Bulldog hurlers, but left 15 runners on base.
"The first half of the game we did a great job of getting runners in, but we didn't do that in the last part of the game," said MCHS coach Heather Denton. "We had been hitting the ball when we needed to and made plays when we needed to the last several games so I was surprised that we didn't make them tonight. We'll just have to learn from our mistakes and get better."
After coming on in relief of Hickman, Wolaver picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Bulldogs and allowed two runs over four innings on six hits and two walks.
Starting pitcher Jacey Perryman wielded the most dangerous bat for the Tigerettes and went 4-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored. Allison Sheroski (1 RBI), Ashton Watkins (1 RBI), Madison Hargrove (1 RBI), Emily Martin (1 RBI), Mary Kate McGehee, and Madison Thomason also had one hit apiece for Marshall County. Perryman went the distance in the circle for MCHS and suffered the loss.
The Lady Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a RBI double by Hickman, but the Tigerettes quickly counterpunched and tallied two runs in the bottom half of the frame with the help of two walks, a Hargrove sacrifice bunt, an error, and a RBI single by Perryman to pull ahead 2-1.
Marshall County then stretched their lead to 3-1 in the third inning on a two-out RBI bloop double by Hargrove before opening up a 4-1 advantage in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a Watkins bases loaded walk.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Tigerettes tacked on two more runs behind a Hargrove walk, a sacrifice bunt by Mecia Reed, a Martin RBI single, a single by Perryman, and a Sheroski RBI single to forge a 6-1 lead.
Cornersville began to chip away at the deficit in the top of the sixth and pushed across two runs in the frame on a pair of RBI singles by Coble and Young to narrow the gap to 6-3 before MCHS stranded a runner at third in the bottom half of the inning.
After Mitchell drew a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh, Perryman retired Miranda Cooksey and Wortham on fielder's choices to bring the Tigerettes within one out of victory. The Lady Bulldogs, though, managed to stave off defeat, as Wolaver singled and Coble drew a walk to load the bases. Singleton then lined a two-run single into right field before Prosser smacked a RBI single into left field to tie the game at 6-6.
In the bottom of the seventh, Marshall County loaded the bases with one out thanks to an error, a Perryman single, and a hit batsman. McGehee then hit a pop up that landed safely in shallow right field, but Wortham quickly picked up the ball and gunned down Martin at home for the second out before Wolaver fanned Watkins to escape the inning unscathed.
That missed opportunity quickly came back to haunt the Tigerettes in the top of the eighth, as the Lady Bulldogs crossed home plate four times in the frame with the aid of a Mitchell double, a RBI single by Wortham, a Wolaver infield single, a RBI single by Coble, and a MCHS throwing error to seize a 10-6 lead.
Wolaver then worked around a Thomason single and a walk in the bottom of the eighth to secure the victory for Cornersville.