Dawg-gone it: Bulldog win streak ends at 5

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Cornersville second baseman Colby Downs catches an infield pop up by Eagleville's Ben Williams in the bottom of the third inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Eagleville (7-5) snapped the Cornersville Bulldogs' five-game winning streak on Friday afternoon when the Eagles defeated the Bulldogs 5-0 at home.

Cornersville (9-3) had averaged a gaudy 13.6 runs per game over their last five contests, but saw their bats cool off on Friday and mustered just three hits against two Eagleville hurlers. Tate Lowery, Colby Downs, and Ben Taylor each tallied one hit for the Bulldogs.

Eagle starting pitcher Cody Sostrom picked up the win and allowed two hits and four walks in five scoreless innings of work while recording six strikeouts. Reliever Kade Herndon replaced Sostrom on the mound and yielded one hit over the final two innings.

Wanted: Runs

"Eagleville is a good team, but I do think we could have done some things better at the plate. They had good pitching, but not shutout type pitching. We have to find a way to score some runs," said CHS coach Ben Putman. "We didn't adjust to the umpire's strike zone, which was consistent. It was bigger than normal, but it was consistent."

Eagleville, conversely, banged out nine hits overall. Jon Fitzgerald led the Eagles' offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored. Weston Burris (1 RBI) and Jake Bolden added two hits apiece for Eagleville as well, while Matthew Boyett and Ben Williams each had a hit and a RBI.

Cornersville starting pitcher J.D. Crabtree suffered the loss after allowing four runs in three plus innings of work on seven hits and three walks. Curt Taylor then came on in relief of Crabtree and gave up one run over three innings on two hits while notching four strikeouts.

Cornersville reliever Curt Taylor delivers a pitch to home plate in the bottom of the fifth inning against Eagleville.

Strong session

"Curt pitched very well. That was his longest stint this season. We need to keep stretching him out because we're going to need him this season," said Putman.

The Eagles grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Bolden scampered home on a Tyler Vandagriff sacrifice fly after reaching base on an error, stealing second, and advancing to third on a single by Burris.

Sostrom worked around an error and a Ben Taylor walk in the top of the second with the help of a 4-3 double play before Eagleville opened up a 2-0 advantage in the bottom half of the frame on a RBI double by Boyett.

Missed chance

The Bulldogs had another chance to cut into the deficit in the top of the third when they put runners on first and second with two outs thanks to walks by David Looney and Crabtree, but Sostrom struck out the next Cornersville batter to extinguish the threat.

The Eagles then stretched their lead to 4-0 in the third inning behind a pair of RBI singles by Burris and Fitzgerald before the Bulldogs stranded two more men on base in the top of the fourth.

After Eagleville tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth on the strength of a Williams RBI single to push their lead to 5-0, Herndon did not allow a Cornersville runner to advance past first base over the final two innings to wrap up the win for the Eagles.