Summertown shuts out Bulldogs

Friday, May 16, 2014
Cornersville third baseman Ben Taylor throws out Summertown's Jacob Curtis at first base in the bottom of the first inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Cornersville was unable to replicate last year's magical playoff run, as the Bulldogs (16-14) saw their season come to an end on Tuesday afternoon with a 8-0 road loss to District 12-A champ Summertown (29-2) in the first round of the Region 6-A tournament.

Despite the disappointing end to the 2014 campaign, CHS coach Ben Putman thought his team maintained a high standard for the program by reaching the Region tournament for the third time in four years after losing five starters from last season's State tournament squad.

Pride in team

Cornersville second baseman Chance Dyer scoops up a groundball before throwing out Summertown's Nathanial Morrison at first base in the bottom of the fourth inning.

"I'm proud of the guys that we have. We lost a lot of players from last year's team, but these guys thought they could have another successful season and make a run in the playoffs," said Putman. "I remember the first time we got to the Region tournament we were just happy to be here. Now we want to keep advancing."

Eagle starting pitcher Nate Morrison kept the Bulldogs' offense under wraps the entire afternoon, as he limited CHS to just two hits in the contest while issuing no walks and racking up 10 strikeouts.

Starting hurler David Looney and Chance Dyer each singled to account for both Cornersville hits.

Eagles' power

Summertown finished with seven hits and three walks against two Bulldog pitchers, but were also aided by four CHS errors, which led to three of the Eagles' eight runs.

"Summertown is a very good team and are going to go a long way in this thing, but we didn't play well enough in the field or at the plate to win this game," said Putman.

Leadoff hitter Bryce Giles jumpstarted Summertown's offense by going 2-for-3 with a walk, a homerun, two stolen bases, 2 RBI, and three runs scored. Quinton Crowell (2 RBI) and Konner Ambrose (1 RBI) tallied two hits apiece for the Eagles as well, while Luke Scott had one hit.

Looney suffered the loss on the mound after allowing six runs over five innings on six hits and two walks to go along with six strikeouts. Jody Sullivan came on in relief of Looney and gave up two runs in one inning of work on one hit and one walk.

Morrison worked around a one-out single by Looney in the top of the first inning before Summertown struck for three runs in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a leadoff walk by Giles, two dropped fly balls by the Bulldogs, a Scott bunt single, and a RBI single by Crowell to take a 3-0 lead.

Foes strike again

Things quickly got worse for Cornersville in the second inning, as the Eagles pushed across two more runs to open up a 5-0 advantage. After drawing a leadoff walk, Curt Ambrose advanced to third on a bunt single by Giles and a CHS throwing error while Giles reached second base on the play. Austin Matthews then drove in Scott with a sacrifice fly before Giles scored on a RBI triple by Konner Ambrose.

Dyer led off the top of the third inning with an infield single, but Morrison quickly doused the Bulldogs' momentum by retiring the next three Cornersville hitters on two fielder's choices and a strikeout.

In the bottom of the fifth, Summertown stretched their lead to 6-0 when Konner Ambrose came home on a RBI double by Crowell after leading off the frame with a single and advancing to second on a Scott sacrifice bunt.

Giles then belted a two-run homer over the right field fence in the sixth inning to cap the Eagles' 8-0 win.