Lady Bulldogs reign behind King's pitching
The Lady Dawgs of Cornersville looked to stop a two-game skid in its tracks with a Tuesday night match-up with District 11-A bottom dweller Santa Fe on senior night.
The game featured a preview of the potential of a Cornersville squad clicking on all cylinders with plenty of offense and a dominant defense to go along with a near perfect performance on the mound by pitcher Mikala King, who surrendered just one run against the Wildcats en route to a 17-1 run-rule win that was called in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Hits win game
"Hitting was the key to our win tonight," CHS coach Eric Crabtree stated. "Coming out and hitting won us the game and playing some defense behind our pitcher."
"Our bottom line all year long---if we hit the ball, we win games," Crabtree continued. "When we don't hit, we don't win. That's it. That's our season in a nutshell."
Coming off two disappointing losses against district leader Columbia Academy, a game Cornersville was down just one run deep into the contest and a three-run loss against Marshall County in which the Bulldogs scored just three combined runs, the floodgates opened against Santa Fe as the home team scored 17 runs in just three and a half innings.
Highlights for the Lady Bulldogs in the big win came on a home run by Madison Hopkins, an in the park home run by senior Carson Coble, and a five RBI effort by right fielder Sam Prosser.
"It's definitely easier to pitch when I know we have a big lead because I know I can make a few errors here and there and still be alright," CHS pitcher Mikala King, who suffered just one run, said. "This win was really big for us because it keeps our spot in the district tournament."
The Cornersville bats came alive at the outset of the contest by scoring four runs in each of the first four innings, aided in the Coble four base shot, a double by Prosser in the third to bring home two runs, followed by a Hopkins two-run triple to the right field fence.
The Lady Dawgs' bats got really hot in the fourth inning when senior Madison Spivey led off the inning with a single down the third base line and an Emma Mitchell single to brought Spivey home.
After a Coble single, Prosser jacked a triple deep into left field to bring in two runners in the second consecutive inning before Hopkins capped the inning off with a long shot that hit the top of the left field fence and bounced over for the shortstop's second home run of the season to end the game on the mercy rule.
"I just knew we needed one more run to end the game," Hopkins, who has three career home runs said. "I knew I had a runner on third base wanting to score and I was really just going up there to get a base hit but I put a good swing on it and hit the ball solid."
"We really needed to win this game to kind of guarantee that we were still tied for second (in the district) because if we lost we wouldn't have a very good seed," Hopkins added. "Now we need to go beat Culleoka to keep our spot in the tournament."
'It's a marathon'
Cornersville takes on Culleoka on Thursday and Friday to end the regular with a fighting chance to catch the number two seed in District 11A behind Columbia Academy.
"Softball is not a sprint, it's a marathon," Crabtree said. "We played today, Thursday, we've got two on Friday and we've got at least two or three on Saturday. We're slowly edging up to where we're gonna be ready for the district tournament. We've just got to keep playing ball and hopefully start seeing some better pitching."
Santa Fe 100 00-1 3 1
Cornersville 255 5-17 16 0
Santa Fe: Ward 1-for-2, Maddi Lusk 1-for-2, Nicole Potts 1-for-2
Cornersville: Sam Prosser 4-for-4, Hannah Singleton 3-for-4, Carson Coble 3-for-3, Madison Hopkins 3-for-3, Emma Mitchell 1-for-1, Micaela King 1-for-3, Madison Spivey 1-for-2
RS: Coble 4, Singleton 3, Prosser 3, Mitchell 2, Hopkins 2, Spivey 2, Demi Peters 1
2B: Prosser 2, Hopkins, Singleton, Coble, Spivey
3B: Hopkins, Prosser, Coble
RBI: Prosser 6, Hopkins 4, Coble 2, Mitchell, King, Singleton
SAC: Mitchell 2
SB: Prosser 2, Coble 2, Hopkins, Cooksey, Mitchell, King, Singleton
WP: Micaela King (4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 6K, 0BB)
LP: Maddi Lusk