Looney no-hits Hampshire
Cornersville senior southpaw David Looney continues to produce for the Bulldogs, on the mound, at the plate, and in the dugout and practice field.
"He is the veteran of the staff and he is always trying to help the other guys," said Cornersville coach Ben Putnam. "There is much more to David than just being a good pitcher, he is a team leader and that is nice to know out of your seniors."
Looney tossed his fourth career no-hitter Tuesday in an 11-0 five inning, run-rule win versus Hampshire in Cornersville.
"David just did what he felt he should do," said Putnam
It was an amazing feat of pitching as Looney faced 17 batters in the contest, getting all 15 of the required outs on strikeouts.
Looney issued two walks in the game.
"David is always looking to improve, he was more mad about the two walks than he was excited about the strikeouts or the no-hitter," said Putnam. "He is always more concerned about the process than the result."
Looney moved to 3-0 on the season and has given up three hits and two hits in three starts for a measly .737 earned run average.
Looney has struck out 46 and issued three walks.
At the plate, Looney drove home four runs Wednesday in an 18-0 run-rule win at Santa Fe and three in the no-hitter on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs had seven hits versus Hampshire before exploding with a 15-hit attack against Santa Fe.
"Our guys hit, they scored runs and they forced runs, not by the other team making errors, but by us hitting the baseball," said Putnam. "When you do that it's good, we hit our way to that win and hopefully it will carry over."
After scoring a pair of runs in the first inning, Cornersville sent 19 batters to the plate in the top of the second and scored 13 runs.
Aaron Fox had huge game for the Dawgs, going 3-4 with six RBIs, while Tate Lowery, the team's leading hitter with a .478 batting average, went 3-3 with an RBI.
Chance Dyer, second on the squad at .429, had three RBIs in the win over the Wildcats.
The Bulldogs (7-2, 6-0) got a solid pitching performance from JD Crabtree, who went the distance, giving up just three hits, while striking out nine and walking four Santa Fe batters to even his record at 1-1 on the season.
Cornersville will be back in action during spring break, beginning with a game versus play Grace Christian School on Tuesday before a home and home series versus Eagleville Thursday and Friday.
"We still have a long way to go," said Putnam. "We are moving guys around and getting a feel for what we have," said Putnam. "The schedule is about to get tougher, so we will find out how we will handle it."
Note: In an earlier story it was stated the Graham Duke was a freshman and was 1-1 on the season. Duke is actually an eighth-grader and is 2-0 with a .538 earned run average and has 24 strikeouts, five bases on balls, and has surrendered one run on four hits in 13 innings of work on the mound.