Bulldogs upend Richland
The Cornersville Bulldogs kept themselves in the running for the District 11-A regular season title by defeating conference co-leader Richland 9-4 at home on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Cornersville (10-7, 7-2 District) held a 5-3 lead through the first three innings of play before pushing across four runs over the next two frames to open up a 9-3 advantage en route to handing the Raiders (14-2, 9-2 District) just their second loss of the season.
Win helps race
"We haven't beaten a lot of good teams this year, but that was one. We had to overcome some adversity to do it too. We were in some jams, but we found a way to get out of them," said CHS coach Ben Putman. "This win definitely gives us a chance to be near the top of the bracket for the tournament."
Although he didn't have his best stuff, Bulldog staff ace David Looney still managed to earn his fifth win of the season after allowing four runs in six innings of work on four hits and six walks while racking up 14 strikeouts. Tate Lowery then came on in relief of Looney and yielded two hits over one scoreless inning.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, recorded nine hits against two Richland hurlers to go along with three walks and three Raider errors.
Lowery helped jumpstart Cornersville's offense from his leadoff spot by going 3-for-4 with three doubles, a RBI, and a run scored. Aaron Fox (2 RBI) and J.D. Crabtree (1 RBI) tallied two hits apiece for the Bulldogs as well, while Curt Taylor (2 RBI) and Graham Duke each had one hit with Taylor belting his third homerun of the season.
Richland starting pitcher Bryce Bub suffered the loss on the mound and gave up five runs over three and a third innings on five hits and two walks. Bub (2 RBI), Zack Gordon (1 RBI), William McRae, Chance Derryberry, Ty Landers, and Ty Rose notched one hit apiece for the Raiders.
Richland scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning with the help of a Gordon walk and an error, but Cornersville countered with a run in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game at 1-1.
Following a one-out walk by Looney, courtesy runner Blake Calahan advanced to third on a Crabtree single and a Raider error before coming home on a sacrifice fly by Fox.
In the bottom of the second, the Bulldogs took control of the game by crossing home plate four times in the inning on the strength of a Duke walk, a two-run homer by Curt Taylor, a Lowery double, an error, and a Crabtree RBI single to open up a 5-1 advantage.
Richland narrowed the gap to 5-3 in the top of the third on a two-run single by Bub, but Cornersville plated a run in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a Fox two-out RBI single to stretch their lead to 6-3.
After Looney worked around a double by McRae and a Bub walk in the top of the fifth with the aid of a 4-6 double play, the Bulldogs tacked on three more runs in the bottom half of the frame behind a sacrifice fly by Ben Taylor, a Lowery RBI double, and a RBI groundout by Looney to forge a 9-3 advantage.
Richland trimmed the deficit to 9-4 in the top of the sixth on a Gordon RBI single and still had the bases loaded with one out, but Looney struck out the next two batters to limit the damage before the Raiders stranded two runners in scoring position in the top of the seventh.