Lady Bulldogs bounce Culleoka fron district tourney

Friday, May 13, 2016
Madison Hopkins went a perfect 4-for-4 for the Lady Bulldogs, who blasted Culleoka 9-1 Tuesday night in the District 11-A Tournament. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs kept their season alive on Tuesday night by defeating District 11-A tournament host Culleoka 9-1 in the second round of the loser's bracket to record their third win over the Lady Warriors this year.

Thanks to Tuesday's victory, Cornersville advanced to the loser's bracket final against Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday with a berth to the Region 6-A tournament on the line.

No more slump

Having scored just a total of four runs in their last two games, the Lady Bulldogs (14-7) broke out of their offensive slump in a big way and pounded out 19 hits against Culleoka starting pitcher Camryn Tullis, who suffered the loss. Junior shortstop Madison Hopkins led Cornersville's hit parade by going 4-for-4 with three doubles, 1 RBI, and four runs scored to raise her batting average to a gaudy .510 for the season.

"We came out and hit the ball from top to bottom," Lady Bulldog coach Eric Crabtree said. "Madison is where she is supposed to be. She struggled at the plate earlier in the season, but she's coming through when we need it the most."

Miranda Cooksey (2 RBI) and Madison Spivey (1 RBI) tallied three hits apiece for Cornersville as well, while Kirsten Young (3 RBI), starting pitcher Mikaela King (2 RBI), and Emma Mitchell each had two hits. Second baseman Hannah Singleton, Carson Coble, and Samantha Prosser also notched one hit each for the Lady Bulldogs.

Mikaela King picked up the win in the circle for Cornersville, giving up just five hits in the contest.

All the way

King went the distance in the circle to pick up her third win of the tournament and limited the Lady Warriors to just three hits in seven innings of work while issuing no walks and racking up nine strikeouts.

"Mikaela gave us a solid performance tonight and has pitched well the whole tournament," Crabtree said. "She got ahead in the count and when she gets ahead in the count she can use all of her pitches."

Kaitlyn McBurnett did all the damage at the plate for Culleoka, going 3-for-3 with a solo homerun.

Starting it off

Tullis held Cornersville scoreless in the top of the first inning, but the Lady Bulldogs got their bats going in the second and pushed across three runs in the frame to grab a 3-0 lead.

Prosser reached base on a bloop single to lead off the inning prior to stealing second and third. Hopkins brought home Prosser by roping a RBI single down the left field line to make it 1-0. After Hopkins advanced to second on a single by Cooksey, both runners moved up 60 feet on a passed ball. Hopkins then raced home on a Young sacrifice fly before Spivey plated Cooksey with a RBI double.

McBurnett trimmed the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the second by blasting a solo homer off the scoreboard in right centerfield, but Cornersville quickly counterpunched and crossed home plate four times in the top of the third behind a pair of two-run singles from King and Young to open up a 7-1 advantage.

In the top of the fifth, the Lady Bulldogs stretched their lead to 8-1 when Hopkins scored on a two-out RBI single by Cooksey after belting a double to deep left field.

Ninth run

King held Culleoka scoreless in the bottom of the fifth with the help of two nice catches from right fielder Ali Blair Jones and Singleton before Cornersville tacked on another run in the top of the seventh to make it 9-1. After smacking a leadoff double to left centerfield, Hopkins advanced to third on a King infield single prior to coming home on a sacrifice fly by Cooksey.

Cornersville 034 010 1-9 18 0

Culleoka 010 000 0-1 5 0

Cornersville: Madison Hopkins 4-for-4, Miranda Cooksey 3-for-4, Madison Spivey 3-for-4, Emma Mitchell 2-for-5, Mikaela King 2-for-4, Carson Coble 1-for-4, Sam Prosser 1-for-4, Kirsten Young 1-for-3, Hannah Singleton 1-for-5

RS: Hopkins 4, Cooksey 2, Young, Coble, Prosser, King

2B: Hopkins 3, Spivey 2, Cooksey, Mitchell, Singleton

RBI: Young 3, Mikaela King 2, Cooksey 2, Spivey, Hopkins

SF: Young

FC: Young

SB: Prosser 2

WP: Mikaela King (7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 9K, 0BB)

LP: Camryn Tullis