CMS finishes 2nd in DRVC tourney
The Mike Tatum coached Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs posted a 16-7 regular season record and were the No.1 seed in the Duck River Valley Conference Tournament at Liberty Middle School where they finished in second place.
In round one, CMS hurlers Carson Stacey and Raymond Cooksey combined for a no-hitter, shutting out Huntland, 10-0.
The pair combined for 11 strikeouts in the contest as Stacey picked up the win.
Leadoff hitter Cameron Whittaker combined with Eli Woodard to put the Bulldogs up early versus the Hornets as CMS took a 5-0 lead after four innings.
Cornersville scored five more runs with the game-clinching RBI coming on a two-run double by Cooksey.
The Bulldogs took on Fayetteville in the semi-final round and got out to an early lead once again on a Tyler Wolaver RBI in the first inning.
Wolaver came around to score on a Tigers' error to make it a 2-0 ballgame.
In the third inning, CMS tallied three more runs as Whittaker, Woodard and Caleb Crowell led the offensive surge that gave the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.
Woodard, who walked the first batter he faced in the game, retired 16 Fayetteville hitters in a row through the sixth inning.
Fayetteville scored a late run on a CMS error, but the Bulldogs would go on to win and face the home town Patriots in the title game.
The Bulldogs and the Patriots had fought a week earlier in a game won by Liberty, but it was not enough to overtake CMS for the regular season title as the Cornersville squad won on a tie-breaker.
Liberty put heavy pressure on CMS in the title tilt as the Patriots scored four runs in the first inning.
Cornersville threatened to score in the bottom of the inning, but had a runner thrown out at the plate after Cooksey banged the first hit in the game for CMS.
Liberty tallied another run in the second inning and CMS went down 1-2-3 in the home half of the frame.
In the third inning, the Bulldogs began to bark, and bite as they scored three times in the frame, beginning with a sacrifice fly RBI by Whittaker.
Cade Hopkins, who had earlier reached on a base on balls, went to second base on a Woodard hit before Crowell roped a bases clearing triple to right field, making it a 5-3 ballgame.
Crowell scored on a Cooksey RBI base hit, but Cooksey was thrown out trying to stretch the hit.
The Liberty pitching staff shutout the Bulldogs the remainder of the game to claim the title.