Mt. Pleasant knocks off Lady Bulldogs

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Cornersville shortstop Madison Hopkins throws out Mt. Pleasant's Alyssa Lemay at first base in the top of the first inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After suffering a pair of close losses to Cornersville during the regular season, the third time proved to be the charm for the Mt. Pleasant Lady Tigers, as they defeated the Lady Bulldogs 3-1 at CHS on Friday evening in the second round of the District 11-A tournament.

The two teams were locked in a scoreless tie through the first five innings of play, but Mt. Pleasant (14-10) finally broke the stalemate by scoring three runs in the top of the sixth to seize a 3-0 lead before holding off a Lady Bulldog rally attempt in the bottom of the seventh.

Full distance

Lady Tiger starting pitcher Kaylee Davis went the distance in the circle and picked up the win after yielding just one run over seven innings on four hits and two walks to go along with four strikeouts.

Madison Hopkins accounted for half of Cornersville's hits by going 2-for-2 with a walk. Kelsey Wortham and Hannah Singleton each added a double for the Lady Bulldogs (10-7) as well.

After being shut out twice this season by Lady Bulldog starting hurler Mary Taylor Hickman, Mt. Pleasant finally experienced some success at the plate against the hard throwing right hander and tallied eight hits overall despite striking out 11 times.

"We had some missed opportunities that killed us, but they hit the ball and we didn't. They put the bat on the ball and got some big hits late in the game. Now we have to fight our way back through the loser's bracket," said CHS coach Eric Crabtree.

Rebecca Holden (2 RBI), Cheyenne Munden (1 RBI), and Alyssa Lemay notched two hits apiece to lead the Lady Tigers' offensive attack, while Kaylee Davis and Mabry Davis had one hit apiece.

Missed chances

Cornersville had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the first inning and put runners on second and third with no outs thanks to a Hopkins walk and a Singleton double. Emma Mitchell then reached first base on a passed ball after striking out, but Hopkins got caught in a rundown on the play and was tagged out at third before Kaylee Davis retired the next two CHS hitters on a groundout and strikeout to escape the inning unscathed.

After the Lady Bulldogs stranded another runner in scoring position in the bottom of the third, Mt. Pleasant had an opportunity to get on the board in the top of the fifth when they loaded the bases with no outs with the help of singles from Mabry Davis, Munden, and Holden.

Cornersville starting pitcher Mary Taylor Hickman racked up 11 strikeouts in the Lady Bulldogs' 3-1 loss to Mt. Pleasant on Friday.

Hickman managed to extricate herself from the predicament by retiring the next three Lady Tiger batters on a foul out, a fielder's choice, and a strikeout to maintain the scoreless stalemate.

Lady Tigers roar

Mt. Pleasant, however, kept the pressure on CHS and broke through for three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 3-0 lead. Lemay belted a double to lead off the sixth before Kaylee Davis drew a walk. After driving in Lemay with a RBI single to give the Lady Tigers a 1-0 advantage, Munden stole second. Holden then plated Davis and Munden by smacking a two-run single into centerfield.

The Lady Bulldogs tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh and put runners on second and third with one out on the strength of a Coble walk and a double by Wortham. Coble then scored on a RBI groundout by Samantha Prosser to narrow the gap to 3-1, but Kaylee Davis retired Kirsten Young on a groundout to seal the victory for the Mt. Pleasant.