Lady Bulldogs pummel Culleoka

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Cornersville shortstop Madison Hopkins throws out Culleoka's Haileigh Shumake at first base in the bottom of the third inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzube

Despite getting off to a slow start offensively, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs blew out Culleoka for the second time this season when they defeated the Lady Warriors 13-0 on the road in six innings on Thursday night.

After inching out to a 1-0 lead through the first three innings of play, the Lady Bulldogs (9-4, 7-1 District) saw their bats catch fire and pushed across 12 runs over the next three frames to cruise to their 20th straight win over Culleoka (1-7, 1-7 District).

Bolstered by a seven-run sixth inning, Cornersville pounded out 15 hits against Lady Warrior starting pitcher Camryn Tullis to go along with two walks and four Culleoka errors.

Centerfielder Miranda Cooksey spearheaded the Lady Bulldogs offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, 2 RBI, and two runs scored.

"We made a few adjustments at the plate to get used to the speed of their pitcher, but the second time through the lineup we started tearing it up," said Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree. "Miranda was really on. Every ball she hit was a line drive and she had two or three hit the top of the fence."

Lady Bulldog starting hurler Mary Taylor Hickman tallied three hits and a RBI to help her own cause, while Samantha Prosser (2 RBI), Emma Mitchell (1 RBI), and Kelsey Wortham (1 RBI) added two hits apiece. Madison Hopkins (2 RBI), Carson Coble (1 RBI), and Mikeala King each had one hit for Cornersville as well.

Hickman also picked up her eighth win of the year in the circle after recording three strikeouts and allowing four hits in four scoreless innings of work. King then came on in relief of Hickman and yielded one hit over the final two innings to complete the Lady Bulldogs' sixth shutout of the year.

Haileigh Shumake tallied two hits to pace Culleoka at the plate, while Megan Polk, Marlee Pendergrass, and Courtney Osborne each had one hit.

Cornersville grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Hopkins raced home on a RBI single by Mitchell after reaching base on an error and advancing to second on a Hannah Singleton sacrifice bunt.

Culleoka catcher Kaitlyn McBurnett tags out Cornersville's Hannah Hart at home plate in the top of the fourth inning after receiving a throw from third baseman Megan Polk.

The Lady Warriors had a chance to get on the board in the bottom of the first and put runners on first and second with one out thanks to singles from Shumake and Polk, but Hickman retired the next two Culleoka batters on a fielder's choice and a fly out to snuff out the threat.

Tullis held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless over the next two innings, but Cornersville broke the game open by pushing across four runs in the top of the fourth to forge a 5-0 lead.

Following a leadoff walk by Coble, Wortham singled before Cooksey reached base on an error to load the bases with no outs. Coble then scored on another Lady Warrior error to make it 2-0 while Prosser reached first base on the play. After Wortham scored on a RBI bloop single by Hickman, Hopkins plated Cooksey and Prosser by lacing a two-run single into centerfield.

In the top of the fifth, the Lady Bulldogs stretched their lead to 6-0 when Mitchell scampered home on a Wortham RBI groundout after singling, stealing second, and advancing to third on a throwing error by Culleoka catcher Kaitlyn McBurnett.

Cornersville then brought the mercy rule into effect in the top of the sixth by crossing home plate seven times in the frame on the strength of a Prosser single, a single by Hickman, a Hopkins walk, an error, a RBI single by Coble, a Wortham single, a two-run triple by Cooksey, a King single, and a RBI single by Prosser to wrap up their 13-0 victory.