Lady Bulldogs edge Harpeth Hall
After losing to Pope John Paul II earlier in the morning, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (13-9) stayed alive in the Franklin/Sonic Tournament by defeating the Harpeth Hall Honeybears 3-2 in six innings on Saturday in the first round of the Bronze Division bracket at Fly Park.
Having defeated Harpeth Hall 3-1 the previous evening during pool play, the Lady Bulldogs found themselves locked in a 2-2 tie with the Honeybears (12-5) at the end of the fifth inning in Saturday's contest. CHS then pulled out the victory by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a sacrifice fly by eighth grader Emma Mitchell to advance to the next round.
Errors helped, hurt
Cornersville finished with eight hits against Harpeth Hall starting pitcher Carrie Baker, but were also aided by four Honneybear errors, which contributed to two of CHS' three runs.
Hannah Singleton led the Lady Bulldogs at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Madison Hopkins (1 RBI), Mary Taylor Hickman (1 RBI), Mitchell (1 RBI) Carson Coble, Miranda Cooksey, and Samantha Prosser each notched one hit for CHS as well.
Although she had to overcome five errors by her defense, Cornersville starting pitcher Taylor Wolaver kept Harpeth Hall's offense in check, as she yielded two unearned runs in six innings of work on just one hit while issuing no walks and notching five strikeouts to pick up her sixth win of the season.
Meg Martineau singled and scored a run to account for Harpeth Hall's lone hit of the contest.
Despite having a runner thrown out at home plate in the top of the second, the Honeybears still tallied a run in the inning with the help of two CHS errors to grab a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs quickly counterpunched and pushed across two runs in the bottom half of the frame to seize a 2-1 lead. After Cooksey and Singleton both singled to put runners on first and second with one out, Hickman smacked a two-out RBI single into centerfield to tie the game at 1-1. Mitchell then reached on an error to load the bases before Hopkins plated Singleton with a RBI single to put Cornersville on top.
Wolaver retired Harpeth Hall in order in each of the next two innings, but the Honeybears pushed across another run in the top of the fifth on the strength of a bloop single by Martineau, a Lucy Smith sacrifice bunt, and an error to knot the game at 2-2
In the top of the sixth, Harpeth Hall had a chance to take the lead after putting runners on first and second with one out thanks to two Cornersville errors. Wolaver, however, bore down and retired the next two Honeybear batters on infield pop ups to extinguish the threat.
With the game nearing it's time limit in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Bulldogs caught a break when Prosser reached base on an error to start the inning before advancing all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt by Hickman thanks to some aggressive base running. Mitchell then drove in Prosser by hitting a sacrifice fly to deep right field to give Cornersville the 3-2 victory.