By CHRIS SIERS ~ [email protected]
BELL BUCKLE — The combination of Jaxon Sheffield on the mound and Walker Craig’s bat was more than enough for the Cascade Champions to snap a three-game skid to start the 2023 season with a convincing 11-1 win over Cornersville on Tuesday night. the night.
Sheffield pitched all five innings for the Champions and allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out nine batters.
With Sheffield keeping the Bulldog hitters at the plate, Walker Craig supplied the bulk of the champions’ offense with his five RBIs and two home runs.
After Cornersville scored on an RBI double in the top of the first, Chance Brown and Noah McGeary drew back-to-back walks to set the stage for a four-run first frame for the Champions.
Sheffield helped their own cause and drove in the first run of the game when he doubled to center field.
As Craig, the cleanup hitter, approached the plate, he hit a single over the left-center field fence to put up two more runs for Cascade.
Courtesy baserunner Tyler Rodgers also scored in the inning on a pass.
Leading 4-1, Sheffield settled on the mound and sat the Bulldogs in order in the second frame.
Cascade got another run at the plate in the second inning when McGeary hit a double to right, pushing Champion’s lead to 5–1.
After a scoreless third inning, Cascade’s biggest inning of the night came in the fourth.
Brayden Dennison singled to lead off the inning, and Brown made it safe on error.
McGeary drove in his second run of the night with a single to right and after Sheffield drew a walk, Craig stepped up to the plate and smashed his second home run of the night, this time driving in three more runs to give the champions a 10-1 lead. .
Sheffield drove in the final run of the night in the bottom of the fifth inning with a single to right field, scoring Brown.
That RBI single was enough to reach the 10-run rule limit and give the Champions their first win of the 2023 season.
In all, Cascade bombarded the Bulldog pitching staff to the tune of 11 hits.
Four Champion batsmen recorded multi-hit nights, with Brown, McGeary and Craig each netting two hits, as Sheffield went 3-for-3 on the night.
McGeary went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Craig went 2-for-2 with five RBIs.
Cornersville 100 00 — 1 4 1
Cascade 410 51 — 11 11 0
Cascade: Chance Brown 2 of 3, Noah McGeary 2 of 3, Jaxon Sheffield 3 of 3, Walker Craig 2 of 2, Logan Pulley 1 of 3, Brayden Dennison 1 of 3.