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Coming up clutch
Walker leads Lady Pioneers with big hit
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With the bases loaded, freshman Bailey Walker is at her best.
Walker’s two-run double in the fourth inning with the bases loaded backed up another outstanding performance from Monica Lane in the circle as the Warren County High School softball team defeated Franklin County 6-0 Monday night.
Warren County (5-14) has now won four of its last six games after starting the season losing 12 of its first 13 games. Walker’s hit in the fourth inning broke open a tight game, one that helped the Lady Pioneers even the season series with the Lady Rebels.
The game went into the bottom of the fourth scoreless as it was turning into a pitcher’s duel. Lane, who came into the game with a streak of 22 innings without allowing an earned run, already had seven strikeouts in four innings, including striking out the side in the second inning.
Likewise, the Lady Pioneer offense was stagnant in the first three innings. Lindsey Cox and Samantha Weeter each had early inning singles, but neither led to runs.
The Lady Pioneers finally were able to break the tie in the fourth inning when freshman Ty Ramirez singled to bring in fellow freshman Livia Walker.
Ramirez joined Cox, who reached on an error prior to Ramirez’s at-bat, on the base paths and Jordin Milanovich made it bases loaded when she reached on an infield single.
Bailey Walker strolled to the plate with one out and the bases juiced intent on increasing the 1-0 lead. Walker, who had a bases-loaded, three-run triple in the team’s first victory of the season, once again came through in the clutch.
Walker fell behind 1-2 in the count, but was able to belt a double into the right-field gap that scored Cox and Ramirez to make it 3-0. It was more than enough run support for Lane, though  the Lady Pioneers made sure of the win by adding more runs in the sixth inning.
Ramirez got the rally started again with a single up the middle. She would move around into scoring position as the Lady Pioneers used small ball to perfection.
Bailey Martin laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Ramirez, starting a three-run sixth inning for Warren County.
Weeter following with an RBI triple down the right-field line that plated Bailey Walker, but the junior shortstop wasn’t on third long. Weeter would come in on an error by the Lady Rebel pitcher, making it 6-0 entering the final inning.
Lane went to work in the seventh with a commanding lead and continued her dominance. Lane didn’t let a Lady Rebel touch base in the final three innings as she retired the visitors in order each inning.
Lane finished the game with her 11th strikeout, giving her 34 K’s in her last three games. Since taking the circle in Cumberland County April 8, Lane hasn’t allowed an earned run in four straight games.
Bailey Walker led the team with two hits and two RBIs, followed by Weeter and Ramirez with two hits and one RBI apiece. Lane, Cox and Milanovich finished with one hit each.
The Lady Pioneers went to Coffee County Tuesday night for a battle of second-place teams in District 6-AAA. Action wasn’t completed at press time.
Warren County will be back in action Thursday when the team begins play in the Border Battle tournament held in Fayetteville. The Lady Pioneers play Thursday at 5 p.m. against Oakland.
The Lady Pioneers will also play in two contests Friday. Friday’s game times are at 4:30 p.m. against Lawrence County and 6 p.m. versus Marshall County.