Lady Bulldogs blank Culleoka

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Cornersville starting pitcher Mary Taylor Hickman tossed a one-hit shutout to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 10-0 victory over Culleoka. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Cornersville starting pitcher Mary Taylor Hickman continued her recent run of excellence in the circle, as the hard throwing senior tossed her third straight shutout on Monday afternoon to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 10-0 home victory over Culleoka in five innings.

Hickman mowed down the Lady Warriors (0-5, 0-5 District) with relative ease and yielded just one hit in five scoreless innings of work while recording seven strikeouts and issuing no walks en route to earning her fourth win of the season.

On the spot

"Mary Taylor pitched great today. She threw a good game and the defense played well behind her," said Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree. "She does a good job of hitting her spots. When she hits her spots, she's hard to beat."

Haleigh Shumake singled in the top of the fourth inning to account for Culleoka's lone hit of the contest.

The Lady Bulldogs (4-1, 3-0 District), meanwhile, banged out 10 hits against Lady Warrior starting hurler Camryn Tullis, who went the distance in the circle and suffered the loss.

Hannah Singleton led Cornersville's offensive attack by going 3-for-3 with a double, a stolen base, 1 RBI and two runs scored. Madison Hopkins tallied two hits and scored two runs for the Lady Bulldogs as well, while Carson Coble (4 RBI), catcher Emma Mitchell (1 RBI), Kelsey Wortham (1 RBI), Kirsten Young (1 RBI), and Samantha Prosser each had one hit.

Cornersville shortstop Madison Hopkins tags out Culleoka's Haleigh Shumake during a stolen base attempt in the top of the fourth inning.

Cornersville grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Hopkins raced home on a Coble RBI groundout after reaching base on an error, stealing second, and advancing to third on a single by Singleton.

Tullis retired the Lady Bulldogs in order in the second inning, but Cornersville broke the game open in the bottom of the third by pushing across five runs in the frame to forge a 6-0 advantage.

Prosser reached base on an error to start the inning before scoring on a Hickman sacrifice bunt and a Culleoka throwing error while Hickman reached first base on the play. After Hopkins and Singleton laid down consecutive bunt singles to load the bases with no outs, Coble laced a three-run triple into right centerfield prior to coming home on a RBI groundout by Wortham.

No perfect game

Shumake smacked a leadoff single into centerfield to break up Hickman's perfect game in the top of the fourth, but she was thrown out at second by Mitchell on a stolen base attempt while Hickman retired the next two Lady Warrior batters on a strikeout and a pop out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Bulldogs tacked on three more runs to stretch their lead to 9-0. Prosser legged out an infield single to lead off the inning before stealing second base. After Prosser scored all the way from second on a RBI groundout by Hickman to make it 7-0, Hopkins served a bloop single into left field. Singleton then laced a RBI double into the right centerfield gap before scoring on a RBI double by Mitchell.

Cornersville brought the mercy rule into effect in the fifth inning when Young roped a RBI triple into the left centerfield gap to cap the Lady Bulldogs' 10-0 victory after Wortham reached base on a bloop double and advanced to third on a Miranda Cooksey groundout.