Looney no-hits Culleoka
Staff ace David Looney produced another pitching gem for Cornersville (13-9, 9-2 District) on Monday night, as the junior southpaw tossed the second no-hitter of his CHS career to help lead the Bulldogs to a 4-0 road victory over the Culleoka Warriors (8-15-1, 5-6 District).
Thanks to Monday's win, Looney ran his record to 8-1 this season and helped Cornersville remain tied for first place in the District 11-A standings with Columbia Academy.
"They're a good hitting team and he completely shut them down. That's as well as I've ever seen him pitch," said Bulldog coach Ben Putman.
Culleoka had averaged 7.1 runs per game in their 10 previous District contests, but Looney disarmed the Warriors lineup and racked up 16 strikeouts in seven innings of work while issuing just one walk.
"I was commanding my fastball and my off speed pitches were working. I was able to locate my pitches and my teammates made the plays behind me when they had too," said Looney. "It feels pretty good. I'm hoping for more accomplishments, but it still feels pretty good."
Cornersville, meanwhile, finished with seven hits and four walks against two Culleoka hurlers to go along with three Warrior errors. Looney helped his own cause by going 2-for-2 with a run scored, while Tyler Lowery (1 RBI), Aaron Fox (1 RBI), Tate Lowery, Hunter Talley, and Curt Taylor notched one hit apiece.
Culleoka starting pitcher Hayden Love suffered the loss on the mound after allowing four runs, two earned, over six innings.
The Bulldogs got off to a promising start and pushed across a run in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. After singling to lead off the inning, Tate Lowery advanced to second on a Looney sacrifice bunt prior to moving to third on a passed ball. Tyler Lowery then drew a walk before Fox drove in Tate Lowery with a RBI single.
In the top of the fourth, Cornersville opened up a 2-0 advantage when Talley scored on a Warrior error after belting a leadoff double and advancing to third on a single by Curt Taylor.
Culleoka had a chance to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the fourth and put runners on first and second with two outs thanks to a hit batsman and walk by Brian Greene, but Looney quickly regained his control and struck out Tristan Vandiver to extinguish the threat.
The Bulldogs then stretched their lead to 4-0 by plating two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Following a leadoff single by Looney, Tyler Lowery belted a RBI triple to deep centerfield before coming home on a Warrior error a few moments later.
Culleoka had one final opportunity to get on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Savon Tears reached base on an error, stole second base with two outs, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Looney, however, kept his shutout intact by fanning Love to end the sixth inning before striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh.