Bulldog baseball has busy week

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Cornersville's Tate Lowery (2) executes a perfect sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning versus Fayetteville Saturday in Cornersville. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Cornersville Bulldogs were busy last week, going 3-1 behind four consecutive solid starting pitching performances.

On Monday March 16, Bulldog freshman Graham Duke stared the hot run from the hill, tossing six innings of shutout ball before Tate Lowery came in from the bullpen to close out the game in the seventh inning.

Duke gave up just two hits, walked two and struck out 10 Tigers in the 5-0 win.

Lowery had a big day at the plate as well, going 2-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs, while JD Crabtree also banged out two hits in the contest.

A big three-run third inning was all Duke needed to pick up his first win of the season, evening his record at 1-1.

Cornersville 1, Mt. Pleasant 0

On Tuesday, staff ace David Looney went to the hill and backed up his opening day 17 strikeout performance versus Wayne County with 14 more strikeouts in a 1-0 win against District 11-A foe Mt. Pleasant.

Looney tossed a complete game, giving up a one out single in the sixth inning.

Cornersville managed just two hits in the game, one by Aaron Fox and the other on a fourth inning RBI double by Curt Taylor that scored Crabtree, who had walked.

Ben Taylor (27) steps out of the batter's box to get the sign from Cornersville coach Ben Putnam.

Cornersville 13, Santa Fe 3

Lowery got the start on Wednesday versus Santa Fe and went the distance in a big 13-3 five-inning run-rule win.

Lowery gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out eight Wildcats in the game.

The Bulldogs mashed three Santa Fe pitchers with Hunter Talley leading the way with a 2-2 performance at the plate, including three RBIs.

Ben Taylor had one hit and drove home three Bulldogs, while Lowery helped his own cause with a two-run single in the fourth inning.

Fayetteville 5, Cornersville 3

After a rainout on Friday, the Bulldogs got back in action on Saturday in Cornersville for the makeup game versus Fayetteville and fell in a 5-0 hole before battling back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Bulldogs made four errors early in the contest.

"We had some rough early innings, both in the field and at the plate," said Cornersville coach Ben Putnam.

"I think I have had some teams in the past that would have let that get out of hand, but these guys battled, made the stops and got some runs back on the board that gave them a big chance to tie or win it at the end."

Crabtree started on the hill for Cornersville and gave up just two earned runs over the first five innings before the lefty settled in and finished the game with two scoreless innings.

Complete game

"That was great effort, he went seven innings for his first complete game of his career," said Putnam. "He got the loss, but he pitched well and I am proud of him."

Crabtree struck out seven and walked three Fayetteville hitters.

Chance Dyer, Looney, and Lowery all had RBIs in the fifth inning comeback.

The Bulldogs scratched and clawed in the bottom of the seventh as Ben Taylor and Dyer drew back-to-back walks before Lowery laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt that moved both runners up to second and third.

Unfortunately, two hard hit balls to the outfield were caught by Fayetteville to end the game.

"We had that tying run at second and just couldn't get them in," said Putnam. "We had two hard hit balls, but we just couldn't get one to fall, so there is not much more you can ask for than that."