Lady Dawgs tear apart Culleoka
The Lady Dawgs welcomed Culleoka (1-10, 1-6) to Cornersville for its last home game of the 2016 regular season and although just over 16 miles separates the two District 11A opponents, the schools are worlds apart in softball talent and Cornersville (10-6, 5-3) showed why, blanking the Warriors 11-0 before the mercy rule ended the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
"What we've said all year long, when you hit the ball, you win games," Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree said. "We hit well, we played defense very clean, and our pitching was on point. We hit, we win. That's the way it's always been for us."
Cornersville got another near perfect performance out of junior pitcher Mikaela King, who tossed a shutout, struck out six and allowed just two hits in five innings of work, just two days after shutting out Santa Fe 16-0.
"(King) is very good at what she does," Crabtree added. "She works all the time and it takes a special person to be a pitcher. She's one of those girls that when she gets on the field she wants the ball, wants to pitch."
"She's an 82 percent first pitch strike, every time" Crabtree continued. "She does good and I'm proud of her. She gets stronger as the game goes on."
Cornersville was led in the batter's box by sophomore second baseman Hannah Singleton who added three hits and four RBI with two doubles and a homerun in just three at bats.
"I just try to work my hardest and if we're doing good then it helps," Singleton said. "I think we hit really good and had good defense."
Cornersville also received strong work at the plate from senior Carson Coble with three hits and Sam Prosser, who hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Singleton started off the game with a double in the bottom of the first inning and the Lady Dawgs never looked back.
Coble followed with a single to center to bring home Singleton and Madison Hopkins hit a ball deep to left to bring home Emma Mitchell on a sacrifice fly and a 2-0 lead.
Singleton hit her second double of the game in the second to bring Madison Spivey home for the 3-0 lead before Cornersville opened up the floodgates in the third inning.
The inning started with back to back doubles by Coble and Sam Prosser before a Hopkins walk loaded up the bases for King.
King hit the ball harmlessly back to the pitcher, but a throwing error to home plate scored the fourth run of the game.
A wild pitch scored Prosser to push the lead to 5-0 before Miranda Cooksey drilled a shot over the shortstop's head for the 6-0 lead before the Warriors' Tullis would have to face Singleton one last time.
The sophomore's third at bat turned out to be the most devastating as Singleton turned a throwing error into an inside the park homerun to score three runs for the 9-0 lead, heading into the fourth inning.
Coble led the final Cornersville inning off with a single to right field before Prosser stepped up to the plate and hit a shot to left center that bounced off the top of the fence for a home run and an 11-0 lead.
"I've been struggling at bat today, I popped one up to the pitcher and have been jammed up," Prosser said. "So the next time I went to bat I had two strikes on me and was still getting jammed up, but I saw it really well that time and got good extension and it just hit the top of the fence and kept going."
King retired the side in the top of the fifth, securing Lady Bulldogs' second win in a row heading into the district tournament.
The Monday night match-up between the Warriors and Bulldogs was canceled because of inclement weather and Culleoka forfeited the game with no make-up dates available with the district tournament coming up.
Culleoka 000 00-0 2 0
Cornersville 216 2X-11 14 0
Culleoka: Shumake 1-for-2, Thornberry 1-for-2
Cornersville: Hannah Singleton 3-for-3, Carson Coble 3-for-3, Sam Prosser 2-for-3, Emma Mitchell 1-for-3, Madison Hopkins 1-for-2, Mikaela King 1-for-3, Alana Braden 1-for-3, Miranda Cooksey 1-for-3, Madison Spivey 1-for-3
2B: Singleton 2, Mitchell, Prosser, Coble
HR: Singleton, Prosser
RBI: Singleton 4, Prosser 2, Coble, Hopkins, Cooksey, King
SB: Hopkins, Braden, Cooksey, Coble
WP: Mikaela King (5IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 6K, 1BB)