Lady Bulldogs roar past Culleoka

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Cornersville coach Mike Wortham congratulates Carson Coble as she rounds third base after Coble belted a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Freshman pitcher Mikaela King helped Cornersville keep its season alive, as she tossed her first career shutout to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 13-0 victory over the Culleoka Lady Warriors in five innings on Monday night in the first round of the District 11-A tournament loser's bracket.

Thanks to Monday's triumph, Cornersville (11-7) recorded their 21st straight win over Culleoka (1-12) and advanced to play Santa Fe in the second round of the loser's bracket on Tuesday evening.

King looked like a seasoned veteran in the circle, as she limited the Lady Warriors to just four hits in five innings of work while issuing no walks and registering five strikeouts en route to earning her second win of the season.

Mature play

"She came in and did exactly what we wanted her to do. She made them hit groundballs and that's what we wanted. She didn't look like a freshman," said Lady Bulldog coach Eric Crabtree.

Cornersville, conversely, pounded out 13 hits against Culleoka starting hurler Camryn Tullis to go along with four Lady Warrior errors.

Hannah Singleton led the Lady Bulldogs' offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with a double, 3 RBI, and a run scored. Madison Hopkins (3 RBI), catcher Emma Mitchell (2 RBI), and Samantha Prosser tallied two hits apiece for Cornersville as well, while Carson Coble (2 RBI), Mary Taylor Hickman (2 RBI), Miranda Cooksey, and King each had one hit with Coble clubbing her first homerun of the year.

"I was very pleased with how we hit the ball. That's all we did this weekend is work on hitting," said Crabtree.

Kaitlyn McBurnett, Haileigh Shumake, Rayann Adamson, and Marlee Pendergrass notched one hit apiece for Culleoka.

Going ahead

The Lady Bulldogs left a runner at third in the top of the first, but broke through for four runs in the second inning to grab a 4-0 lead.

Following a bloop single by Cooksey, King reached base on an error. After Prosser singled to load the bases with one out, Hickman roped a two-run double down the left field line to plate Cooksey and King. Prosser and Hickman then came home on a two-run bloop single by Singleton to cap the scoring in the inning.

The Lady Warriors nearly got on the board in the bottom of the second when Adamson tried to score from first on a two-out Cornersville throwing error after singling, but King gunned down Adamson at home plate to end the inning.

Cornersville pitcher Mikaela King tries to throw out Culleoka's Kaitlyn Young at first base in the bottom of the second inning.

King then worked around a leadoff single by Pendergrass in the bottom of the third with the help of a 6-3 double play before the Lady Bulldogs crossed home plate five times in the top of the fourth on the strength of a Hopkins sacrifice fly, a RBI double by Singleton, a Mitchell RBI triple, and a two-run homer by Coble to open up a 9-0 advantage.

Sudden stop

In the bottom of the fourth, Culleoka had another chance to spoil King's shutout bid when they put runners on first and third with two outs thanks to a McBurnett double and a single by Shumake, but Mitchell threw out Shumake at second on a stolen base attempt to snuff out the threat.

Cornersville then brought the mercy rule into effect by tallying four more runs in the top of the fifth with the aid of two errors, a Hopkins two-run double, a single by Singleton, and a Mitchell RBI infield single to cap their 13-0 victory.