Pettie hurls nine innings for Fayetteville to halt Bulldogs’ winning streak

Friday, April 19, 2019
Cornersville shortstop Tyler Wolaver puts the tag on Fayetteville’s Mac O’Connor on a steal attempt in the first inning.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Cornersville Bulldogs lost their first District 8-A game of the season Tuesday night and it took a monumental effort by Fayetteville to come away with a 6-3 win in 10 innings at Cornersville.

Fayetteville hurler Jeffrie Pettie turned in a phenomenal performance on the mound for the Tigers as he tossed 112 pitches over nine innings to pick up the win and halt the Cornersville winning streak at 10 games.

Pettie only gave up four hits while striking out four and walking three Bulldogs’ batters in the contest.

The Tigers had 12 hits off of three Cornersville pitchers and left 14 runners stranded on base in the game.

GW Davis (2B, 2BB, RBI, RS) led the way with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate for Fayetteville while Josh Thomas and Jonathan Cannon (2RS) had two hits apiece.

Mac O’Connor, Charlie Burk (2RBI), Cam Sheridan, Drake McElyea, and Nathan Sysenkham all had one base knock.

Tyler Wolaver led the Bulldogs with two hits in five trips to the dish while Tilden Jackson, Eli Woodard, and Connor McVey all had one base hit apiece.

Connor McVey rips an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning, tying the game at 1-1.

McVey came up huge twice for the Bulldogs, tying the game at 1-1 on an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning and again in the bottom of the seventh when his fielder’s choice RBI sent the game to extra innings.

Raymond Cooksey started on the mound for the Bulldogs and tossed five solid innings, giving up one earned run on four hits while striking out five and walking four Fayetteville batters.

Pettie tossed hit-less ball through the first four innings, allowing a base on balls to Graham Duke in the second and another free pass to Blake Pickett in the bottom of the third.

Pettie led off the top of the fourth inning with a base on balls and Josh Thomas followed with a base hit to left field.

Cam Sheridan walked to load the sacks with no outs when Cooksey induced a ground ball to Wolaver at short to start a 6-4-3 double play.

Pettie scored on the double-bubble and Cooksey got a foul pop-up to Logan Courtemanche at third base to end the inning.

Cornersville hit three consecutive long bombs to the outfield in the bottom of the frame, but they were all caught for outs.

Cooksey walked two more batters in the top of the fifth inning, but left them stranded.

Woodard got things going with one down in the bottom of the fifth when he beat out and infield single and stole second base on a close play.

McVey followed with a solid base hit to right field and Woodard came around to score before Pettie retired the next two Cornersville batters.

Carson Stacey pitched well in relief for the Bulldogs before leaving the game with two on and one out in the top of the 10th inning.

Carson Stacey came to the mound for the Bulldogs in the top of the sixth and Thomas led off.

Thomas hit a grounder in foul territory on the third base side and yelled in pain after play. He seemed to have suffered a serious knee injury on the play and was taken from the ballpark by ambulance.

Everyone from Cornersville wishes the young man a speedy recovery.

Stacey retired the side in order after the delay and the Bulldogs wasted a leadoff single by Wolaver in the bottom of the inning.

Cannon led off the top of the seventh with a base hit and McElyea sacrificed him to second on a perfect bunt.

The Bulldogs elected to walk Pettie to load the bases for a force play at any base before Davis ripped an RBI single to right field to make it a 2-1 ballgame.

Stacey retired the next two batters to escape any further damage.

Eli Woodard fights off a two-strike pitch to put the ball in play and force a Fayetteville error that set up the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Jackson drilled a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning and Woodard hit a ground ball to third base.

The throw to second to try to get the lead runner sailed into right field and the Bulldogs were in business with runners on second and third with no outs.

McVey tied the game on a ground ball to short and Pettie intentionally walked the next two batters to load the sacks again.

The strategy worked as the next two Cornersville batters hit pop-ups to the infield to end the frame and send the game to extra innings.

Stacey got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the top of the eighth and Pettie set down the Bulldogs 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Davis doubled to center to lead off the top of the ninth and after a Stacey strikeout, Pettie singled to right field, but Davis was held at second base and that would loom large.

Stacey whiffed the next Tigers’ batter, but Sheridan came up and ripped a ball to center field that Whitaker scooped up and he threw a frozen rope to Caleb Crowell at home where he put the tag on Davis to end the inning.

Pettie set down Cornersville 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to end his stellar stint on the hill.

Things fell apart for the Bulldogs in the top of the 10th inning as Fayetteville scored two runs on bases on balls with the bases loaded and the Tigers made it a four-run inning when Thomas’ replacement, Charlie Burk drilled a two-run double to make it a 6-2 contest.

Cornersville tried to rally in the bottom of the inning and got one run back on a Jackson walk with the bases loaded, but the game ended on a bang-bang play at third place.

Monday will be a huge day for the sixth-ranked Bulldogs (17-3, 7-1) as they host first-place Eagleville (16-6, 8-0) in a huge District 8-A tussle for the top spot.

District 8-A Standings

Eagleville (16-6, 8-0)

Cornersville (17-3, 7-1)

Cascade (6-10, 3-5)

Fayetteville (9-8, 3-5)

Moore County (8-12, 3-5)

Huntland (6-11-1, 0-8)

Fayetteville 000 100 100 4-6 12 1

Cornersville 000 010 100 1-3 5 5

Fayetteville: GW Davis 3-for-4, Josh Thomas 2-for-3, Jonathan Cannon 2-for-5, Mac O’Connor 1-for-4, Charlie Burk 1-for-3, Cam Sheridan 1-for-3, Drake McElyea 1-for-4, Nathan Sysenkham 1-for-2.

BB: Pettie 3, O’Connor 2, Davis 2, Locker, Sheridan.

RS: Cannon 2, O’Connor, Davis, Pettie, McElyea.

2B: Davis.

RBI: Burk 2, Davis, Pettie.

SAC: Sheridan, McElyea

ROE: Pettie 2, McElyea.

FC: O’Connor.

GIDP: Garrett Gardener.

CS: O’Connor.

Totals

Team LOB: 14

Fielding

E: Sysenkham.

WP: Jeffrie Pettie (9IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4K, 3BB).

Hold: GW Davis (0.1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1K, 1BB).

Save: Charlie Burk (0.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 2BB).

Cornersville: Tyler Wolaver 2-for-5, Tilden Jackson 1-for-4, Eli Woodard 1-for-5, Connor McVey 1-for-4.

BB: Blake Pickett 2, Cameron Whitaker, Caleb Crowell, Graham Duke, Jackson.

RS: Wolaver, Henlee Mitchell, Woodard.

RBI: McVey 2, Jackson.

FC: Woodard 2.

HBP: Duke.

SB: Woodard.

Totals

Team LOB: 9

Fielding

E: Pickett 2, Crowell, Jackson, Wolaver.

DP: Duke, Jackson, Wolaver.

LP: Carson Stacey (4.1IP, 7H, 3R, 1ER, 4K, 2BB).

Relief: Cameron Whitaker (0.2IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 1K, 3BB).

Starter: Raymond Cooksey (5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 5K, 4BB).