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Cookeville blanks WCHS
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The Lady Pioneers met the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers on Wednesday evening in a one-sided win for Cookeville. The Lady Pioneers made contact with pitches but the Lady Cavaliers had little trouble making a play for an out in the Wednesday evening 7-0 loss to Cookeville.
Lady Pioneer Sarah Knowles got the start inside the pitching circle. Knowles went four innings and allowed seven runs off 11 hits and struck out four. Erin Hollis entered in the fifth inning and Hollis allowed no runs, two hits, and no strikeouts in her turn inside the circle.
Cookeville wasted little time in getting runs on the scoreboard. The Lady Cavaliers put two runs on the board with a lead-off single and an error that allowed runners to advance to third and second base. A Lady Cavalier hit by a pitch loaded the base and a deep single to center field scored two for the Lady Cavaliers and Cookeville led 2-0 after the third out.
Warren County had fight in them and after the Lady Pioneers picked up back-to-back outs, Neva Tackett singled to center field but she was left stranded after a strikeout for out three.
The defense of the Lady Pioneers responded and went to work. After a lead-off single, Knowles picked up another strikeout for out one. Pioneer catcher Bailey Walker gunned down a Lady Cavalier who attempted to steal second for out two. The final out came off a fly ball to center field for out three and the score remained 2-0.
Warren County went three up, three down in the bottom of the second.
Cookeville picked up a pair of singles to lead-off the third. After a dropped third strike on a Lady Cavalier batter resulted in a bases-loaded situation for Cookeville. A long fly ball for out two allowed the runner from third base to tag and score to go up 3-0. Knowles picked up another strikeout to end the inning for Cookeville.
Walker reached on an error for the only player to reach in the bottom of the third and the score remained 3-0.
Cookeville really opened things up in the top of the fourth inning. Three straight singles scored a runner from second base for Cookeville and the Lady Cavaliers 4-0. With runners on base and a double to deep center field that went off the fence scored two more runs for Cookeville and the lead went to 6-0. A runner held at third base and now a runner at second led to the final run for Cookeville after a single to right field and a 7-0 lead.
Warren County went down in order again in the bottom of the fourth inning. It didn’t get much better as Cookeville kept throwing strikes and the hits Warren County did get almost always went directly to a Cookeville defender. Warren County did hit two more singles and a double but all runners were left stranded and Cookeville held the Lady Pioneers scoreless through the remaining three innings.
Hollis came in for Knowles and the Cavaliers were also held scoreless for the final three innings.
The Lady Pioneers played Stone Memorial on Thursday evening with results not available at press time.