Eagles blank 'Dogs in 6-A final
Summertown (29-8) captured its third straight Region 6-A tournament championship on Wednesday night when the Eagles defeated the Cornersville Bulldogs 10-0 in five innings at CHS.
Despite Wednesday's setback, the Bulldogs (18-10) still advance to the Sectional round of the playoffs where they will take on county rival Forrest tonight in Chapel Hill, while Summertown will host Region 5-A runner-up Nashville Christian.
The Eagles tallied seven hits against two Cornersville pitchers, but were also aided by four walks, two hit batsman, and three Bulldog errors.
Errors pile up
"You can't make mistakes against a team like that. We made plenty of them tonight, and they took advantage of it," said CHS coach Ben Putman.
Ty Riddle (3 RBI) and Timmy Beard (2 RBI) each belted home runs to lead Summertown's offensive attack, while Drew Bailey added a triple and two runs scored. Bryce Giles (1 RBI), Luke Scott (1 RBI), Blake Lemay (1 RBI), and Konner Ambrose notched one hit apiece for the Eagles as well.
Backed by Summertown's sure-handed defense, Eagle starting pitcher Taylor Landrum went the distance on the mound to pick up the victory and limited the Bulldogs to just three hits and a walk over five innings despite recording no strikeouts.
"We put the ball in play, but they played good defense. We had runners in scoring position, but couldn't get them in," said Putman.
Starting pitcher Graham Duke, Aaron Fox, and Curt Taylor each notched one hit apiece for Cornersville. Duke suffered the loss on the mound as well after yielding five runs in three innings on two hits and two walks.
Summertown had a chance to take the lead in the top of the first when Giles reached base on an error and stole second with no outs, but Duke struck out Jacob Curtis before Bulldog first baseman David Looney snagged a line drive by Beard and doubled Giles off second to end the inning.
After Cornersville stranded a runner at second in the bottom of the first, Duke worked around a leadoff single by Konner Ambrose in the top of the second with the help of a 3-6 double play.
The Bulldogs then stranded two more men on base in the bottom of the second before the Eagles broke the game open in the top of the third by crossing home plate five times in the frame, thanks to a hit batsman, two walks, an error, a sacrifice fly by Curtis, and a two-run homer by Beard. That 5-0 lead was all the Eagles needed for the win.
However, they added to their lead in the top of the fourth, going up 6-0. Drew Bailey scored on a RBI single by Lemay after belting a two-out triple.
Cornersville had another chance to get on the board when Aaron Fox smacked a leadoff single into left field and advanced to second on an error by Riddle, but Landrum retired the next three Bulldog hitters on three groundouts to keep the shutout intact.
The Eagles then brought the mercy rule into effect by plating four more runs in the top of the fifth on the strength of a walk, a hit batsman, a Scott RBI single, and a three-run homer by Riddle to cap their 10-0 triumph.