Columbia Academy hands Lady Dawgs first loss of season

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Madison Hopkins drops a double against Columbia Academy on Monday night in Cornersville.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

Cornersville and Columbia Academy battle annually for supremacy in District 11A and Monday night was no different as the two Bulldog squads met in southern Marshall County with unbeaten conference records.

The first of two regular season match-ups between the teams was a classic as both pitchers engaged in a duel with Columbia Academy coming out on top with a 3-2 extra inning win.

"Couple of mistakes in the field, that was about it," CHS coach Eric Crabtree stated. "I think we hit almost even with them. Take away a few errors and we're in that game."

Cornersville pitcher Kirsten Young pitched a gem of a game, finishing with seven strikeouts and just one earned run over the span of eight innings.

"She pitched phenomenal," Crabtree said. "Couldn't ask any more out of her. We've just got to play a little clearer minded. That's it. We'll be there at the end of the season."

Columbia Academy sophomore pitcher Brittney Adair held the Lady Bulldogs in-check for the better part of the contest, taking a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning before the home bats came alive to score two runs to take the game into extra innings.

Columbia Academy struck first in the fourth inning as Adair brought home Mary Grace Golden for the game’s first run, but Young was able to get out of trouble by forcing a ground out to end the inning with two CA runners in scoring position.

The two pitching aces went back and forth until Madison Reed brought home Adair with a double to the left field fence, but once again Young forced the next batter into a ground out as CA left runners on second and third for the second straight inning.

Emma Mitchell takes a big swing during the Lady Bulldogs tough 3-2 loss against Columbia Academy.

Cornersville rallied in the sixth as Hannah Singleton hit a single up the middle and took second base on a center fielder's error, before Emma Mitchell brought home the first Bulldog run of the game on a single to left field.

Young provided the tying run as her bunt popped up over the charging third baseman's glove, allowing Mitchell to score for a 2-2 tie.

Young was able to coast through the seventh on just three pitches as Columbia CA went down on two ground-outs and a pop-up, all on the first pitch, setting up Cornersville with the last at-bat of regulation.

Shasta Beaty led the inning off by reaching first on the Reed error at shortstop but the bottom of the Cornersville lineup went down three in a row, setting up extra innings.

Columbia Academy got the winning run in the eighth when Golden reached on a single, before a single to right field was compounded by an error, allowing Golden to trot home for the run after stopping at third base.

Hopkins provided Cornersville with a lifeline after slamming a one-out single to the left field fence ,but the number four and five batters went down swinging to end the game.

The two teams meet again on April 18 at Columbia.

"We need to work more on our bunts," Crabtree noted. "Small ball. We've got to get that a little better. Other than that, I'm alright with it."

Cornersville beat Santa Fe 11-1 on Tuesday and await the much anticipated rematch with Columbia Academy next Tuesday.

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Cornersville: Hannah Singleton 1-for-3, Emma Mitchell 1-for-4, Madison Hopkins 1-for-4, Kirsten Young 1-for-3, Samantha Prosser 1-for-4, Michaela King 1-for-3, Shasta Beaty 1-for-3

2B: Hopkins, King, Singleton, Prosser

3B: Mitchell

RBI: Young, Mitchell

BB: Singleton

RS: Singleton, Mitchell

HBP: Young

LP: Kirsten Young (8IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 7K, 3BB)