Coosa Valley shuts down Cornerstone
By MICKEL PONTHIEUX / Sports Reporter
COLUMBIANA – The Coosa Valley Academy Lady Rebels held a two-run lead after the first inning, and then held the Cornerstone Christian Lady Chargers scoreless in the next four innings to take a 15-3 victory March 26.
“It’s a big win for Coosa Valley,” said Lady Rebels’ head coach Amy Temple. “It’s the first win for most of these girls against Cornerstone. We lost to them in the first game against them, so this is redemption for us to come back and playing them at their own field.”
Coosa Valley scored five runs in the first inning led by a pair of singles by Sarah Warren and Terrie Sprayberry to take a 5-0 lead.
Cornerstone’s Brooke Calma led off the bottom of the first with a double to start the Lady Chargers’ rally. The Lady Chargers loaded the bases on a walk and a hit batter and scored three runs on two bases-loaded walks and a second batter hit-by-pitch to cut the deficit 5-3.
The Lady Rebels responded in the second with a hit by Warren to score two runs extending their lead to 7-3.
Coosa Valley added three runs in the third led by a RBI double by Sprayberry to take a 10-3 edge. The Lady Rebels added a pair of runs on errors in the fourth, and Sprayberry plated two runs in the fifth when she reached base on an error to seal the 15-3 win.
In Coosa Valley’s 10 unanswered run scoring streak, the Lady Rebels didn’t allow a Cornerstone base runner reach second while only three Lady Chargers reached base in the last four innings.
“If you don’t let anybody have any kind of scoring position, then it’s easier to battle back,” said Temple on the defense. “It gave our pitcher confidence and she did a phenomenal job.”
Chanin Hancock led Coosa Valley to the win allowing three runs on three hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Calma took the loss for Cornerstone allowing 10 runs on five hits.
Sprayberry led the Lady Rebels with a 2-for-4 effort with a double and three RBIs. Warren finished the game 2-for-3.