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Double trouble for Lady Pioneers
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It was not the way Lady Pioneers wanted to end the regular season in Rhea County. Warren County High School dropped both games of a doubleheader.
In the first game of the doubleheader Warren County never found a rhythm, except for a three-run second inning. The Lady Golden Eagles defeated the Lady Pioneers by a final score of 12-3.
Lindsey Cox stepped into the pitching circle for Warren County. Cox allowed 12 runs off 12 hits, walked one and had one strikeout in four innings of work.
The Lady Pioneers scored all three of their runs in the second inning and finished the game with five hits and only three strikeouts.
In the top of the first, Cox got things started with a lead-off line-drive single to left field. Ty Ramirez reached on an error and Cox moved around to third. Neva Tackett hit a shot directly to shortstop and the play was made on Cox at home for out one. Tackett was at first and Ramirez held up at second. Skyler Youngblood grounded out to shortstop and the runners advanced one base. With runners at second and third, Kyra Hillis grounded to the pitcher for the third out and the Lady Pioneers left two runners stranded.
Rhea County got started in the bottom of the first with a grounder to the pitcher for a lead-off out. After the initial first out the Lady Golden Eagles hit a double to left field and a single to right. Rhea County scored its first run with just two swings of the bat and the Lady Golden Eagles led 1-0. Before the inning had come to an end, Rhea County reached on an error, another double and two more singles. When the third out was made on a ground ball for an out to second base to end the inning and Rhea County led 5-0.
Warren County responded in the top of the second. After a lead-off fly ball for out one, Lexie Locke singled to right. Bailey Martin blasted a shot to deep center field for a double and Locke advanced to third.
Another fly ball for an out had the Lady Pioneers backs against a wall with two on and two out. Cox singled to center field and Locke scored from third and Rhea County led 5-1. Cox wasted little time and stole second. Ramirez singled to right field with runners on second and third base. Martin and Cox each crossed home plate and scored to make it a 5-3 game. A grounder to shortstop ended the inning.
Warren County held Rhea County in the bottom of the second inning after the Lady Golden Eagles loaded the bases. A fly ball for an out and a double play ended the inning and the score remained 5-3 in favor of Rhea County.
But Warren County never had much going after its three-run second inning. In the top of the third inning the Lady Pioneers went three up, three down.
Warren County could never generate momentum from the plate, while Rhea County added seven more runs. Rhea County defeated Warren County in the first game by a final score of 12-3.
It went from bad to worse in the second game of the doubleheader. Rhea County held a 10-1 lead through the fourth inning and in the fifth the Lady Golden Eagles unloaded for eight more runs and ended the Lady Pioneers night with a loss in game two by a final score of 18-1.
Lady Pioneer Erin Hollis got the nod in the second game and Rhea County was ready. The strong arm for the Lady Pioneers allowed 18 runs off 20 hits, walked four and struck out three.
Warren County allowed Rhea County to score one run in top of the first inning. The Lady Golden Eagles led 1-0 and nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
In the second inning is when the wheels started to roll off for Warren County. Rhea County exploded for a six-run second inning. By the time the Lady Pioneers had the final out of the inning the Lady Golden Eagles were out front by a score of 7-0.
From there it was tough to stop the proverbial bleeding as the Lady Pioneers dropped the second game in what was their final action before the postseason tournament.