Lions shut out Bulldogs at home
The Cornersville Bulldogs, looking to break a three-game losing Tuesday night, took on a Grace Christian School team it had lost to by just one run the day before.
The first-year district 11A participant Lions carried over their momentum from the Monday night win to crush the Bulldogs 11-0 on Tuesday night, handing Cornersville its fourth loss in a row and the first two district losses of the season to drop to 4-2 in league play after an early undefeated streak.
"We battled early on the mound, especially, I thought Carson Stacey pitched well to keep us in the game," CHS coach Ben Putnam said. "He's a contact pitcher, we've just got to make more plays behind him."
The Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning, but Stacey did not allow another run until Grace scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings while the Bulldogs weren't able to provide much help to the Cornersville pitcher, stranding eight runners on base with four in scoring position.
"Unfortunately, that's been a trend game in and game out, leaving guys on and not being able to bring them in," Putnam added. "We've got good hitters, we've got guys having good at bats, good approaches but we're not getting those timely hits to fall and we need that to have a chance."
The Bulldogs were led in the batter's box by senior JD Crabtree, who finished 2-for-3 and managed to reach base three times with two singles and a walk, but was left stranded on the bases each time.
"I think we're just young, we don't have a lot of experience," Crabtree said. "Maybe we can work on small ball and bunt some in or be a little more aggressive, but I think it'll come around."
The Bulldogs made one final push when Crabtree and Graham Duke reached on consecutive walks, but Aaron Fox and Ben Taylor each popped out to right field and Michael Allen struck out to end the last effort toward catching the Lions before the visitors broke the game wide open in the top of the seventh with six runs.
Bad and good
"We had too many errors on the infield and we left too many runners on base without getting them in and that was the bad in the game tonight," Crabtree said. "Carson Stacey threw a pretty good game, we just didn't play behind him."
The Bulldogs will return to District 11A play next week with a home and away series with Hampshire on Monday and Tuesday.
Grace Christian 200 021 6-11 11 1
Cornersville 000 000 0-0 3 5
Grace Christian: Baylor Jones 3-4, Carson Ford 2-5, Calvin Berger 2-4, Martin Cash 1-4, Kolby Alonzo 1-2, Brent Perry 1-4, Austin Kasick 1-4.
RBI: Jones 2, Kasick 2, White 2, Cash 1, Bullock 1, Perry 1, Zack White 1.
Cornersville: JD Crabtree 2-3, Aaron Fox 1-4.
WP: Austin Kasick
LP: Carson Stacey (6IP, 7H, 5R, 3ER, 2K, 0BB), Ben Taylor (1IP, 4H, 6R, 4ER, 0K, OBB)
Next game: Monday, April 4 versus Hampshire, 5 p.m.