Coach Gooby Martin may have to check with NASA if his Lady Pioneers continue to launch rockets every game.
Home runs by Ashton Whiles, Emily Mikkola and Sadie Simmons highlighted Thursday’s 14-3 victory over Stone Memorial, the team’s eighth in 10 games and second straight District 6AAA win.
“They swung the bats really well,” said coach Martin. “The last few games we’ve scored a lot of runs. That’s what we need this time of year when facing district competition.”
Warren County (12-4) followed a 13-6 win over White County with another dominant performance, this time on the road against the Lady Panthers. The Lady Pioneers got off to a fast start, scoring five runs in the first inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Hope Mullican.
Kyra Hillis also started her bid for the cycle in the first, roping a single to score Mullican. The senior would finish 4-for-4, finishing just a home run shy of the cycle while driving in two runs.
By the time Grace Rains scored with Savannah Cox with a single, Warren County was up 5-0 before the home team got to bat.
Ashton Whiles worked a clean first inning, then sent shockwaves in the second by starting the home-run barrage. Whiles followed a two-out single by Hillis with a big fly, rocking a 2-2 pitch that cleared the fence and a building behind the field.
“I think it was the longest home run I’ve ever seen in a fast-pitch game,” said Martin.
It was Whiles fourth home run in the last three games, helping Warren County pile up 43 runs in the contests.
Mikkola was the next to go deep, sailing a 2-2 pitch over the left-field fence for a two-run homer in the fourth. Hailey Wood and Hillis also had RBI doubles in the frame, helping Warren County build an 11-0 lead.
Simmons struck in the sixth. The freshman tallied her first high school home run on a 2-0 pitch, again powering it out to left field. Her two-run shot, which followed an RBI groundout, made it 14-2.
The Lady Panthers scratched one run across in the sixth against reliever Maddie Cantrell, but the junior ended the game on a groundout with a game-extending runner on second.
Whiles earned her fourth victory by going five innings and allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out eight.
The Lady Pioneers will look to extend a three-game winning streak Tuesday when the team plays host to Rhea County. The first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.