Hickman turns in emotional performance

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Cornersville's Mary Taylor Hickman (00) took the circle with a heavy heart on Saturday after losing her grandfather Friday night. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Cornersville ace Mary Taylor Hickman had a load on her mind when she went to the circle versus Fayetteville on Saturday.

Hickman lost her grandfather on Friday, but came up with a gutsy performance, tossing a complete game as Cornersville topped the Lady Tigers 8-2.

"Mary 'T' lost her grandfather last night and came out today focused and threw a great game and I am proud of her," said Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree.

"She would rather be here than anywhere and we would rather her be here than anywhere," said Crabtree.

Backup effort

The Lady Bulldogs backed Hickman up in a big way, banging out a dozen hits in the contest with Hannah Singleton (3-4, 3RS) and Madison Hopkins (3-4, RS, 4RBIs) each stroking three base hits apiece.

"I thought we played well defensively, much better than we did against Lewisburg and we hit the ball well today," said Crabtree. "The small ball game also worked well for us and I am just proud of all the girls."

Cornersville came up with an unearned run in the bottom of the second before giving Hickman a lot of breathing room in the bottom of the third when they crossed home plate four times.

Lady Bulldog sophomore Madison Hopkins (1) had four RBIs versus Fayetteville, including a three-run triple in the third inning that busted the game open.

Big hit

The big blow in the frame came off the bat of Hopkins, who drilled a bases loaded, three run triple.

"I was just thinking we had to play as a team and if I it did there, we would be OK," said Hopkins. "I was just keeping my head down and making sure it was strike."

Carson Coble made it 5-0 on a sacrifice fly.

A Tamia Haston two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning was about the only blemish Hickman had versus the Lady Tigers.

Hickman gave up five hits, while striking out seven and walking one in the contest.

Walking in

Coble and Kelsey Wortham both walked with the bases loaded in the fifth inning to make it 7-2 and the final Cornersville run was scored on a Fayetteville error in the seventh inning.

"I feel really good about the season," said Hopkins. "We play as a family and we are really good as a team."

Kirsten Young (2-4, 2RS) and Hickman (2-3, RS) both had two hits for Cornersville, while Miranda Cooksey (1-4, RS) and Coble (1-2, 2RBIs, BB) had two hits apiece.