Summertown blanks Lady Bulldogs in Region semis

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Madison Hopkins went 1-for-2 in her last game for the Lady Bulldogs.
Photos by George “Pap” Warren

Good teams don’t need any help. District 12A champ Summertown (31-7) bounced the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (14-9) from the playoffs for the second straight year, as the Lady Eagles capitalized on six CHS errors to roll to a 15-0 home victory in four innings on Monday night in the first round of the Region 6A tournament.

“Errors will kill you,” said Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree. “You cannot win making errors and tonight we made our fair share.”

Coming off a Class A State Tournament appearance last year, Summertown showed they have the offensive firepower to make another deep post-season run and pounded out 13 hits against two Lady Bulldog pitchers.

Cornersville senior Kirsten Young rears back for a pitch at Summertown.

Cornersville senior pitcher and Jackson State signee Kirsten Young suffered the loss after allowing 11 runs, only four earned, over two and one-third innings on nine hits and three walks. Mikaela King came on in relief of Young and yielded four runs in one inning of work on four hits and a walk.

Starting hurler Kaley Campbell spearheaded the Lady Eagles’ offensive onslaught by going 3-for-4 with a double, 4 RBI and a run scored. Kailey Jones (2 RBI), Reily Brazier (1 RBI), and Brooklyn Gabel tallied two hits apiece for Summertown as well.

Campbell also went the distance in the circle to earn the victory and limited Cornersville to just three hits while issuing no walks and recording five strikeouts.

Senior shortstop and Motlow State signee Madison Hopkins and Aleia Childress both doubled for the Lady Bulldogs, while Young singled.

Thanks to Monday’s effort at the plate, Young ended her senior campaign with a gaudy .447 batting average, a team high 34 RBI, and 13 runs scored. Hopkins, meanwhile, posted an impressive .433 batting average to go along with 13 RBI and team leading 24 runs scored. Senior outfielder Samantha Prosser went hitless in Monday’s contest, but finished with a team high .493 batting average, 14 RBI, and 21 runs scored.

“Kirsten, Madison, and Samantha have been playing for us since we called them up as eighth graders,” said Crabtree. “They’re basically five-year starters. They’ve worked hard for us for five years and won’t be easily replaced.”

Cornersville had a chance to make some noise in the top of the first inning when Hopkins roped a two-out double down the right field line before advancing to third on a single by Young. Campbell, however, worked out of the jam by retiring Prosser on a groundout.

The Lady Eagles then took advantage of some shoddy defense by the Lady Bulldogs in the bottom of the first and crossed home plate four times in the frame with the aid of three CHS errors, a Jenna Brazier RBI single, and a two-run single by Madison Dinwiddie to take a 4-0 lead.

After Campbell worked around a one-out double by Childress in the top of the second, Summertown scored three more runs in the bottom half of the inning thanks to two Cornersville errors and a Jones two-run single to open up a 7-0 advantage.

Things continued to go south for the Lady Bulldogs in the third, as the Lady Eagles tallied four runs in the frame on the strength of a RBI triple by Brazier, a Campbell two-run double, and a sacrifice fly by Madison Konig to forge an 11-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Summertown brought the mercy rule into effect by tacking on four more runs behind a bases loaded walk by Aniston Burleson, a Campbell two-run single, and a RBI double by Konig to cap their 15-0 victory.

Cornersville 000 0-0 3 5

Summertown 434 4-15 13 0

Cornersville: Madison Hopkins 1-for-2, Kirsten Young 1-for-2, Aleia Childress 1-for-1

2B: Childress, Hopkins

Team LOB: 3

E: Mikaela King 3, Samantha Prosser, Hopkins

LP: Kirsten Young