Tigerettes complete sweep over Cornersville By Mike Inglsbee
Anytime two schools that are located less than 10 miles apart get together in any sport the competition is stiff.
But Friday night, two historically superior softball squads went head-to-head as Cornersville (12-5) and Marshall County (9-15) squared off for the second night in a row in Lewisburg with the Tigerettes coming out on top in an anticlimactic 12-3 win.
"They outplayed us," Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree said. "Out hit us and outplayed us. They were the better ball club. We can't leave runners on base and make errors. That's the story. They just outplayed us."
The Tigerettes have won four games in a row to break a seven-game losing streak in which they scored just 12 total runs.
"We've been playing well for several games. but we just weren't hitting when runners were in scoring position. We've lost several games by like one or two runs and now we're hitting the ball when they're on second or third base."
After starting the season 8-0, the Lady Bulldogs have now lost four of six, but three of the four losses have come against either 2A or 3A squads.
The Tigerettes were led by a huge game from freshman catcher Hannah Davis who finished with seven RBI and was a single short of batting for the cycle after picking up a double, triple, and grand slam homerun that put the Tigerettes up 12-1 in the third inning.
"We feel more confident and we're picking ourselves up more," Davis stated. "We want to win even more now that we've got a streak and we want to keep it going.”
Marshall County got up a dominant performance on the mound from sophomore Brooklin Conger, who picked up the complete game win with seven strikeouts along with 31 first pitch strikes, while adding two RBI at the plate.
The Lady Bulldogs were led at the plate by senior Madison Hopkins and eighth- grader Aleia Childress with two hits apiece and Samantha Prosser with two RBI.
Mikaela King led the maroon and white on the mound, and after giving up 12 runs through the first three innings, settled down to hold the Tigerettes scoreless for the remainder of the contest.
The Lady Bulldogs managed to strike first after Emma Mitchell and Hopkins added singles before Prosser drilled a single into right field for a 1-0 lead.
Marshall County was quick to tie things up after Leah Hollingsworth reached on an infield error before Davis garnered the first of her seven RBI with a double to left field.
The Tigerettes bats came alive in the second inning after Alli Hobbs and Hannah Sheppard reached base on Cornersville errors, before Savannah Wooten added a single for a 2-1 lead.
Conger brought home Sheppard with a two-out single before Hollingsworth brought home the third run of the inning with a single to right.
Lexi Cashion reached on a bloop single over King's head before Davis cleared the bases with a shot to the center field fence, followed by a Taylor Walls RBI single down the first base line for a 7-1 lead.
The Tigerettes continued the onslaught in the third as Wooten added another single and a Katherine Donahue single, before Conger brought home a run for an 8-1 lead. Hollingsworth reached base for the third time before Davis struck again with a two-out, two-strike grand slam deep over the left field fence for a 12-1 lead.
"I was nervous at first because I had two strikes and there was two outs," Davis recalled. "And I just hit it at the right time and it went."
The Bulldogs made progress in the fourth inning when Hopkins sent a triple into right field before Prosser picked up a bunt single to close the gap to 12-2.
"I wasn't hitting as well as I have been hitting so when I laid down that bunt---I was trying something new," Prosser explained. "We had to try something new because what we were doing wasn't working."
The Lady Bulldogs tacked on one more run in the fifth on a King single to left field to trim the lead down to 12-3, but that was the last score for either team.
After losing three games straight by one run, the Tigerettes have now reeled off five wins in a row after a 10-4 win over Moore County on Monday and will look for number six Tuesday night in the regular season closer at Page.
"Our hitting and confidence (led to the winning streak)," Savannah Wooten, who added three hits for Marshall County, said. "Once one person goes the whole team gets going. That's been a big part. Just getting somebody to start the momentum is what we were waiting for."
The Lady Bulldogs have locked up the number-two seed in District 11A, but finished off the regular season with a 5-2 setback against 3A Shelbyville Central on Monday night.
"We need to work more on our defense and we need to make better throws and see what plays are there and what plays aren't," Prosser stated. "We need to keep hitting because the past two games our hitting has been down."
Cornersville 100 020 0-3 10 3
Marshall County 165 000 X-12 13 1
Cornersville: Madison Hopkins 2-for-3, Mikaela King 2-for-4, Emma Mitchell 1-for-4, Kirsten Young 1-for-4, Samantha Prosser 1-for-4, Shasta Beaty 1-for-4
RBI: Prosser, King
BB: Hannah Singleton, Hopkins
RS: Mitchell, Hopkins, Prosser
FC: Alana Braden
E: Young, Mitchell, Ali Blair Jones
LP: Mikaela King (6IP, 13H, 12R, 5ER, 5K, 2BB)
Marshall County: Hannah Davis 3-for-4, Leah Hollingsworth 2-for-4, Taylor Walls 2-for-4, Savannah Wooten 2-for-3, Lexi Cashion 1-for-4, Alli Hobbs 1-for-4, Katherine Donahue 1-for-3, Brooklin Conger 1-for-2
2B: Davis 2
Grand slam: Davis
RBI: Davis 7, Conger 2, Walls, Hollingsworth, Wooten
RS: Hollingsworth 3, Wooten 2, Cashion, Davis, Naomi Hopper, Hobbs, Sheppard, Donahue, McKinley Richardson
ROE: Hobbs, Hollingsworth, Sheppard
SB: Hollingsworth 2, Madison Southerland, Sheppard, Wooten, Richardson
WP: Conger (7IP, 10H, 3R, 1ER, 7K, 2BB)