Lady Bulldogs canít break CA jinx

Friday, May 12, 2017
The Lady Bulldogs gather at the mound with assistant coach Timmy Hopkins during Columbia Academy's second inning outburst.
Tribune photo by Mike Inglsbee

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs started off the post-season with a bang, beating longtime rival Richland 17-2 in just three innings behind the pitching and batting of senior Kirsten Young, who gave up just three hits on the mound and drove in four runs at the plate to advance to the second round of the tournament.

Cornersville ran up against an old foe on Wednesday as the Lady Bulldogs took on Columbia Academy with the chance to advance to the championship in 11A.

Despite losing to CA by just one run in the first meeting and four runs in the final regular season meeting, the contest belonged to the private school from Maury County as the Bulldogs run-ruled Cornersville by a 10-0 final in just five innings at Mt. Pleasant.

"We lost for the same reason we lost against Lewisburg," CHS coach Eric Crabtree stated. "They hit and we didn't. I'm looking for more small-ball (in the likely rematch). We're not hitting so we've got to try something else."

Cornersville has lost 19 straight games to Columbia Academy, dating back to May 5, 2011.

With the loss, the Lady Bulldogs will now have to beat Richland for the fifth time this season Thursday night in the loserís bracket and have to beat Columbia Academy twice in two days to keep its district championship hopes alive.

Columbia Academy once again relied on the shutdown pitching of sophomore Brittany Adair, who dominated Cornersville by allowing just two hits to go along with 13 strikeouts over five innings.

"She's throwing low to mid 60's," Crabtree stated. "You just don't see that too often. You don't see that until right now. She's the first pitcher we've faced with that kind of speed."

Adair let CA at the plate, finishing with half her team's RBI with five on two hits, including a bases loaded double in the second inning that blew the game wide open.

Mikaela King took the mound for Cornersville and after giving up nine runs over the first two innings, King settled down and pitched two shutout innings before the final run to end the game in the fifth inning.

Emma Mitchell led the Lady 'Dawgs with both hits on the night and three quality at-bats while Madison Hopkins, Hannah Singleton, and King each drew a walk as the only other base runners on the night for Cornersville.

Cornersville 000 00-0 2 1

Columbia Academy 450 01-10 10 0

Cornersville: Emma Mitchell 2-for-3

BB: Hannah Singleton, Madison Hopkins, Mikaela King

SB: Mitchell 2

LOB: 6

E: Hopkins

LP: Mikaela King (4.1IP, 10H, 10R, 9ER, 1K, 4BB)