Richland roughs up Lady Bulldogs

Friday, April 25, 2014
Cornersville shortstop Madison Hopkins throws out Richland's Ashton Pryor at first base in the bottom of the third inning. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After pulling out a dramatic comeback victory over Marshall County two days earlier, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (10-8, 4-5 District) came crashing back down to earth on Wednesday afternoon when they lost 11-1 in five innings to defending Class A state champ Richland in Lynnville.

Having defeated Cornersville 10-0 in their previous meeting on March 31, the Lady Raiders (17-4, 6-1 District) took the wind out of CHS' sails early on Wednesday and built a 7-0 lead through the first two innings of play.

Cornersville tallied a run in the top of the third to trim the deficit to 7-1, but Richland brought the mercy rule into effect by tacking on four more runs over the next three frames to complete the sweep of the season series.

The Lady Raiders came into Wednesday's contest averaging nearly 11 runs per game in District play and did nothing to diminish those stats, as they banged out 10 hits overall against Lady Bulldog starting pitcher Taylor Wolaver to go along with two walks and two Cornersville errors.

"We just had too many mistakes. It's like I said the other night. We came back because we believed that we could win. Tonight it didn't seem like we believed that we could win," said CHS coach Eric Crabtree.

Leadoff hitter Taylor Parker helped spark Richland's offensive explosion by going 2-for-2 with two walks, a homerun, 3 RBI, and four runs scored. Starting pitcher Ashton Edwards, Ashton Henderson, and Shannon Higgins each tallied two hits and 2 RBI for the Lady Raiders as well, while Tabitha Scott (1 RBI) and Brook Clark both had one hit.

Edwards also turned in a strong performance in the circle and limited the Lady Bulldogs to just two hits in the contest to go along with six strikeouts.

Cornersville's Miranda Cooksey pulls into second base after hitting a RBI double in the top of the third inning against Richland.

Miranda Cooksey doubled and drove in a run to account for Cornersville's lone extra base hit of the game, while Wolaver singled.

The Lady Bulldogs found themselves swimming upstream right from the start, as Richland plated four runs in the bottom of the first inning with the help of a Parker walk, an error, a Cora Henson sacrifice fly, and RBI singles from Henderson, Higgins, and Scott to take a 4-0 lead.

The Lady Raiders then opened up a 7-0 advantage by pushing across three more runs in the second inning on the strength of a walk by Parker, an Edwards RBI triple, a RBI single by Henderson, and a Higgins RBI double.

In the top of the third, CHS tallied a run to narrow the gap to 7-1. After reaching base on a passed ball, Mitchell advanced to second on a passed ball before Cooksey belted a RBI double to deep right field.

Richland quickly stemmed Cornersville's momentum by notching two runs in the bottom of the third thanks to a Clark double, a RBI single by Parker, and an Edwards RBI triple to extend their lead to 9-1.

The Lady Raiders then delivered the knockout blow in the fifth inning when Parker cranked a two-run homer over the left field fence to cap Richland's 11-1 victory after Jade Norton drew a one-out walk.