Macon County shuts out Bulldogs
Bad weather on Thursday night caused the Bulldogs’ first two games at the Viking Classic in Unionville to be canceled and after some much needed work on the field, play resumed on Friday morning with a 5-3 Cornersville loss to host Community.
Following a brief break, the Bulldogs re-took the field with a matchup against 2A Macon County (8-4) and despite having just one less hit than the Tigers, Cornersville was unable to put any runs across the plate in a 5-0 loss.
"We just needed to make a few more plays," Bulldog pitcher Carson Stacey said. "A few more hits would have helped us out. But bad days happen and we just have to bounce back."
Stacey gave the Bulldogs six strong innings on the mound, finishing with three strikeouts and did not walk any Tiger batters, but gave up eight hits and five runs, most of which came in the first three innings.
"I kind of got mad (after the first three innings)," Stacey said. "When I get mad I pitch pretty good. I start throwing harder and I get more aggressive."
Kolbe McMahon led the Bulldogs with three hits on three at-bats and also saved a run with a throw to the plate in center field. Tilden Jackson also finished with two hits in three at-bats.
The Tigers put two runs across the plate in the opening inning and three more in the third to take a 5-0 lead, but Stacey started warming up and the Bulldogs’ bats started producing.
Tilden Jackson started the third inning on base after a Macon County error and McMahon followed with a bunt single, but despite hitting the ball hard, the heart of the Cornersville lineup hit right to the Macon County fielders.
Tyler Wolaver picked up a single in the fourth inning and McMahon reached base again in the fifth, but both times the Bulldogs failed to advance the base runners.
Cornersville left eight runners on base over the course of the game.
The Bulldogs made one last run in the seventh inning as Stacey started out with an infield single, Tilden Jackson followed with a single to left field, and McMahon reached on another bunt single to load the bases, but the next three Cornersville batters went down in order to end the game without a run.
The Bulldogs jump back into District 8-A play with a home and away with Cascade, who moved down from 2A in the 2018.
Friday, March 30
Viking Classic at Community
Macon County 203 000 0-5 8 1
Cornersville 000 000 0-0 7 1
Macon County: Cole Carnahan 2-for-3, Aaron Colter 1-for-2, Isaac Meador 1-for-2, Trent Boles 1-for-3, Logan Thompson 1-for-2, Jake Reeves 1-for-3, Kade Allen 1-for-3.
RS: Colter 2, Meador, Boles, Reeves.
RBI: Thompson 2, Reeves, Calahan.
Team LOB: 3
WP: Trent Cook (7IP, 7H, 0R, 0ER, 5K, 0BB).
Cornersville: Kolbe McMahon 3-for-3, Tilden Jackson 2-for-3, Tyler Wolaver 1-for-3, Carson Stacey 1-for-3.
ROE: Bryce Hagan.
Team LOB: 8
LP: Carson Stacey (6IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 3K, 0BB), Raymond Cooksey (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB).
Community 300 20-5 4 0
Cornersville 300 00-3 10 1
Cornersville: Bryce Hagan 2-for-3, Caleb Crowell 2-for-3, Tyler Wolaver 2-for-3, Logan Courtemanche 2-for-2, Graham Duke 1-for-3, Tilden Jackson 1-for-2.
RS: Hagan, Crowell, Conner McVey.
BB: Kolbe McMahon.
RBI: Jackson, Courtemanche, Wolaver.
SAC: Raymond Cooksey.
Team LOB: 5
LP: Logan Courtemanche (3IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 3K, 2BB), Tyler Wolaver (2IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2K, 1BB).