Bulldogs outlast Raiders for first district win

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Graham Duke picked up the win on the mound for the Bulldogs, who moved to 4-0 on the season after a 17-7 win over Moore County Monday night at Cornersville.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

It was cold, it was long, but it was a district win.

The Cornersville Bulldogs moved to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in District 8-A play with a 17-7 six inning, run-rule win over Moore County Monday night at Frog Bottom.

“I told the guys it wasn’t the prettiest win, but we got the job done and we are 1-0 and all of our goals are in front of us,” Cornersville coach Ben Putnam said. “We pitched good enough, we fielded good enough, but the one thing I thought we did the whole game was we swung the bat pretty good and coming in to the season, that was my biggest concern.”

“I think we will throw it, I think we will catch it, but I’m still not sure sure on how we will hit it and that’s what we will keep working on.”

The Bulldogs banged out 13 hits off six Moore County pitchers with Logan Courtemanche leading the way with a 3-for-5 night at the plate and two doubles and four RBIs.

Tyler Wolaver (2B, 5RBIs), Raymond Cooksey (3B, 2RS, RBI), and Eli Woodard (3RS, 2SB, 2BB, 3RBI) all had two hits apiece.

Cameron Whitaker (2RS, BB), Caleb Crowell (2HBP, RS, BB), Graham Duke (RS, RBI), and Blake Pickett (2RS, BB, SB) all had one hit apiece for the Bulldogs.

Duke picked up the win on the mound for Cornersville, tossing 4.1 innings.

Both teams scored a run and left two base runners stranded in the first inning and in the top of the second inning, Gage Burt slammed a leadoff home run for Moore County to give the Raiders a short-lived 2-1 lead.

Tyler Wolaver slams a bases loaded, three-run double in the bottom of the second inning that put the Bulldogs in front for good.

The Bulldogs came up with a five-run second inning with the big blow coming off the bat of Wolaver, who drilled a bases clearing, three-run double to put Cornersville in front for good.

Courtemanche had the game-tying double and Cooksey made it 6-2 with an RBI triple down the right field line.

Both starting pitchers tossed a scoreless third inning before Moore County plated two unearned runs in the top of the fourth to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 6-4.

Cornersville was unable to score in the bottom of the frame and Moore County went scoreless in the fifth as Carson Stacey came on for Duke with a runner on second base and two outs.

Stacey came up with an inning ending strikeout and the Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth on just one hit as the Moore County pitching staff issued five bases on balls and uncorked four wild pitches in the frame.

The Raiders came back again, scoring three runs on four hits in the top of the sixth with Bryson Dobbs knocking in two and Carson Templeton, Hunter Brown, and Jimmy Stewart all driving in one run apiece.

As the temperature dropped in Cornersville, the Bulldogs supplied the heat as they sent 12 batters to the dish in the bottom of the sixth inning and scored seven runs to complete the run-rule win.

Cooksey and Tilden Jackson started things off with back-to-back walks and after a wild pitch and a throwing error put the Bulldog runners on second and third, Woodard stroked a single to right field to knock his teammates home and take an 11-7 lead.

Logan Courtemanche knocked in four runs for the Bulldogs as they picked up their first District 8-A win of the season.

Woodard swiped second base and scored on a Courtemanche RBI base knock and Pickett followed with a base on balls.

After a fly out to left field, Pickett stole second base and Wolaver made it a 13-7 contest when he drilled a two-run single to right field.

“We have some guys who are aggressive on the base paths and it makes for some exciting baseball and a lot of times it makes for creative runs we would not have gotten otherwise,” Putnam said.

Eli Woodard had a huge game for the Bulldogs, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, two stolen bases, three RBIs, and two bases on balls.

Crowell reached on an error and Duke walked to load the bases before Moore County got the second out of the inning on an infield fly rule.

Jackson beat out a base hit to drive in a run and the game ended on a Courtemanche single to left field.

The Bulldogs travelled to Lynchburg yesterday to complete the district home and away matchup and they host Forrest on Thursday at their brand spanking new ballpark that looks fantastic.

“Our tiers of goals are, district championship, one-seed going into the tournament, hosting the tournament, and having a bye in the first round of the tournament, so this puts us on all of our goals,” Putnam said.

Moore County 110 203 X-7 11 5

Cornersville 150 038 X-17 13 2

Moore County: Carson Templeton 3-for-4, Bryson Dobbs 2-for-4, Ryder Morey 2-for-3, Hunter Brown 1-for-2, Gage Burt 1-for-3, Cameron Pykiet 1-for-2, Will Harder 1-for-3.

BB: Brown 2, Morey, Stewart.

RS: Templeton 3, Brown, Burt, Dobbs, Harder.

2B: Dobbs.

HR: Burt.

RBI: Dobbs 3, Morrey, Stewart, Burt.

FC: Dobbs, Harder.

SB: Templeton, Morrey, Stewart.

Team LOB: 8

Fielding

E: Brown, Dobbs, Morrey, Ben Fletcher, Pykiet.

LP: Pykiet.

Cornersville: Logan Courtemanche 3-for-5, Tyler Wolaver 2-for-4, Raymond Cooksey 2-for-4, Eli Woodard 2-for-3, Cameron Whitaker 1-for-4, Caleb Crowell 1-for-2, Graham Duke 1-for-4, Blake Picket 1-for-3.

BB: Tilden Jackson 3, Woodard 2, Whitaker, Wolaver, Crowell, Duke, Cooksey, Pickett.

RS: Woodard 3, Whitaker 2, Cooksey 2, Jackson 2, Pickett 2, Connor McVey, Crowell, Duke, Courtemanche, Henlee Mitchell, Luke Terry.

2B: Courtemanche 2, Wolaver.

3B: Cooksey.

RBI: Wolaver 5, Courtemanche 4, Woodard 3, Duke, Jackson, Pickett, Cooksey.

ROE: Crowell, Whitaker.

HBP: Crowell 2.

SB: Woodard 2, Cooksey, Pickett, Whitaker, Wolaver.

Team LOB: 7

Fielding

E: Jackson, Pickett.

WP: Graham Duke (4.1IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 6K, 4BB), Carson Stacey (1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 1K, 0BB), Tyler Wolaver (.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1K, 0BB).