Lady Bulldogs get revenge the hard way
Both sides wanted it bad, but the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs wanted it more.
Revenge was sweet for Cornersville, but they had to wait until the final moments of the game to taste the sweetness of a hard fought 1-0 victory.
"This absolutely gives us confidence right now, we need it to learn to beat these district opponents and that's what we did tonight," said Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree.
Twice last season, Mt. Pleasant downed the Lady Dawgs with final setback ending Cornersville's season in the District 11-A Tournament.
Two of the top pitchers in the district squared off in Cornersville Tuesday night and they both turned in stellar performance in the circle.
"That was a huge win for us, she (Kaylee Davis) is one of the best pitchers we will face until we get out of the region when you will see the (Katie) Warrick girl, but for right now that is the best we are going to face."
Cornersville senior Mary Taylor Hickman was dominant in the complete game win, giving up just two hits, while striking out 10 and walking three Lady Tigers' batters.
"I can't say enough about Big Red, she pitched her butt off," said Crabtree.
Mt. Pleasant hurler Kaylee Davis tossed five innings of shutout ball, surrendering five hits before being relieved to start the top of the sixth.
Davis struck out five and issued one base on balls in her stint in the circle.
Hickman did not allow more than one Mt. Pleasant batter to reach in any inning, except in the top of the fourth when Nijhala Ward walked with two outs and Cheyenne Munder followed with a base hit up the middle.
Hickman got out of the jam on a fly ball to left field that was snagged by Samantha Prosser.
Cornersville had two on and two in the bottom of the third and fifth innings, but failed to score both times.
The Mt. Pleasant reliever walked Cornersville senior Kelsey Wortham with one out in the top of the sixth and Michaela King came on as a courtesy runner.
King was wiped out at second base on a fielder's choice off the bat of Miranda Cooksey, but Emma Mitchell followed with a base hit to right field, putting Lady Dawgs on the corners.
Fast and accurate
"Emma, God bless her, she is a thousand miles per hour everywhere she goes and batting like a champ, I'm really proud of her," said Crabtree.
On the second pitch to Prosser, the ball went to the backstop and Cooksey scored easily from third, finally breaking the 0-0 tie.
"We need to focus on our hitting, we are not where we need to be," said Crabtree. "Our defense is fine, but we have got to work on our hitting."
It was all the support Hickman needed as she closed out the Lady Tigers to end the contest.
"It's been tough the past couple of days and it felt great to get this district win," said Hickman. "They are a tough team and Kaylee Davis is a good pitcher, but I just wanted to get that last strikeout and go home."
Mt. Pleasant 000 0000 -- 0 2 0
Cornersville 000 001 - -- 1 6 0
Cornersville: Emma Mitchell 2-for-3, Hannah Singleton 1-for-3, Kirsten Young 1-for-2, Madison Hopkins 1--for-3, Mary Taylor Hickman 1-for-2.
Mt. Pleasant: Cheyenne Munden 1-for-3, Kaylee Davis 1-for-2.