Lady Bulldogs claim Zion title

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Samantha Prosser drives a shot down the third base line to bring home the first of her game-high five RBI.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

After beating Loretto in an early game and easily pulling past Richland in the afternoon, Cornersville faced Zion Christian in the championship game of the Zion Invitational Tournament following the then winless Eagles upset victories over Mount Pleasant and Giles County the previous day.

The Lady Bulldogs and Eagles were scheduled for a regular season matchup earlier in the season, but the game was canceled after Zion could not field enough players to participate in the contest.

Three weeks later with all the Eagles (2-7) healthy and several eighth-graders called up to varsity squad, the two teams squared off in an easy 13-1 Cornersville win in just five innings of play.

"Just like the first two games of the tournament, the hitting and pitching were the keys for this win," Lady Bulldogs’ coach Eric Crabtree said. "Anytime you can put 12 runs on the board the chances are that you’re going to win. And that's what we did."

The Lady Bulldog offense was led by Samantha Prosser, who turned in five RBI on three hits and Kirsten Young with three hits. Mikaela King added two RBI and Madison Hopkins turned in four quality at-bats with three walks and a hit.

Young also starred on the mound for the tournament champions, pitching a complete game, four-hit, four-strikeout performance, while throwing a game-high 11 first pitch strikes.

"I just wanted to go out there and help my team anyway I can," Young said. "And they backed me up in the batter’s box and made my job easy."

Hannah Singleton turns a double-play during the fourth inning of the Lady Bulldogs’ 13-1 win over host Zion Christian in the tournament championship game.

The Lady Dawgs wasted little time getting on the scoreboard with Prosser knocking in the first of many on a single to bring home Hannah Singleton for a 1-0 lead.

Cornersville added to its total in the third as Hopkins and Young opened the inning with singles, before Prosser struck again with a double deep down the left field line to score Hopkins. Young added another run by stealing home for a 3-0 lead and Payton Salsman scored Prosser on a ground out to shortstop.

The runs kept coming in the fourth inning with a two-out Hopkins’ walk, a Young single to right field and Prosser put the game away with an inside the park home run to push the lead to 7-0.

Cornersville showed no mercy in the fifth as Salsman, Young, and Prosser all added RBI singles before King brought home the last two Bulldog runs of the game with a single into center field.

The Eagles spoiled Young's shutout on the bottom of the fifth with an Anna Grace Fox two-out RBI single up the middle, but a ground out to second ended the contest and the Lady Bulldogs (8-0) left Columbia as champions after winning three straight games in the span of eight hours to remain undefeated on the season.

Cornersville 103 36X-13 12 0

Zion Christian 000 01-1 4 2

Cornersville: Samantha Prosser 3-for-4, Kirsten Young 3-for-3, Hannah Singleton 2-for-3, Payton Salsman 2-for-3, Madison Hopkins 1-for-1, Michaela King 1-for-3

2B: Salsman 2, Samantha Prosser

3B: Samantha Prosser

RBI: Samantha Prosser 5, King 2, Young, Payton Salsman, Singleton

BB: Hopkins 3, Singleton, Young, King, Shasta Beaty, Aleia Childress

RS: Hopkins 4, Nathalie Hagerdon 3, Prosser 2, Singleton, Beaty, Childress, Salsman

SB: King

WP: Kirsten Young (5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 4K, 1BB)