Lady Bulldogs sweep Richland series
Cornersville hosted longtime District 11-A foe Richland Tuesday night and it turned out very good as the Lady Bulldogs banged out 12 hits in a 16-6 six-inning, run-rule win over the Lady Raiders.
"Playing Richland is always tough because we do have an intense rivalry," Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree said.
It was the fourth straight win over Richland and marked back-to-back regular season sweeps by Cornersville, who had previously lost eight in a row to the Lady Raiders, dating back to 2011.
Richland scored a lone run in the first inning off Cornersville starting pitcher Mikaela King, who went on to pick up the win in the circle.
"King was very efficient on the mound and turned in a good performance," Crabtree stated. "I am proud of what she has done thus far and very excited about her future."
Back on top
The Lady Bulldogs struck back in the home half of the first inning, scoring five runs, including a bases clearing base hit by Miranda Cooksey.
Cooksey drove in another run on an RBI fielder's choice in the fifth inning and the Cornersville center fielder capped off a six RBI night with a two-run single in the sixth inning.
Richland came back with two runs in the top of the fourth and a three-spot in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead while Cornersville was shut out on offense in the second, third and fourth innings.
"The game started a little rough for us," Crabtree said. "Richland came out swinging the bats, which is what we expected, we knew it would be fight."
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Madison Hopkins and Carson Coble drew back-to-back bases on balls before Samantha Prosser tripled, bringing in both runs to give Cornersville the lead for good.
Ahead for good
Cooksey knocked in run number eight and Madison Spivey ripped an RBI double to drive in Cooksey, making it a 9-6 ballgame.
"It does feel good to score that many runs and especially to have your seniors (Cooksey, Coble, and Spivey) give great run production," Crabtree said.
King set down Richland 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth and in the home half of the inning, the Lady Bulldogs went wild, scoring seven runs to end the game.
"For us to move forward this year we must stop spotting teams runs in the first few innings and play hard from the first pitch to the last," Crabtree said. "Here lately we have had to get hit in the mouth, figuratively speaking, for us to start playing ball. We have responded but nobody likes to play from behind, we must come out of the gates strong. However, I am very proud of the way we are playing and working as a team."
Cornersville sent nine batters to the plate in the stanza with the game ending on a Hopkins RBI single.
Prosser (2RS) ended up with three hits in the game, while Hannah Singleton (RS, 2BB), Hopkins (3RS, 2BB, SB), Cooksey and Spivey (RS) all had one base knock.
King had the other hit, an RBI double in the big seventh inning.
Kirsten Young walked three times and scored three runs and Carson Coble and Emma Mitchell walked twice and scored twice.
Richland 100 230 -6 12 0
Cornersville 500 047-16 12 1
Cornersville: Samantha Prosser 3-4, Hannah Singleton 2-3, Madison Hopkins 2-3, Miranda Cooksey 2-4, Madison Spivey 2-4, Mikaela King 1-4.
2B: King, Singleton, Prosser, Spivey.
RBI: Cooksey 6, Hopkins 3, Mitchell 2, Prosser 2, Spivey 2, King 1.
WP: Mikaela King (6IP, 12H, 6R, 6ER, 4K, 0BB)
Next game: Saturday, April 9: Zion Invitational at Zion Christian Academy, Columbia versus Zion, Loretto and Richland.