Arriving in Lincoln County on a two-game losing streak, the last thing the Warren County High School softball team needed to see Thursday was a fired-up team playing in front of its entire student body.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pioneers, the Lincoln County Lady Falcons were their first opponent in the Border Battle. The Lady Falcons greeted the Lady Pioneers rudely, getting a walk-off grand slam in the fifth inning to run-rule Warren County 13-0.
Warren County had been playing its best softball as recently as two weekends ago, when the Lady Pioneers ran their season-long winning streak to six games in Clarksville at the MTSCA Tournament. Rain dampened Warren County’s chance to win the Clarksville tournament and since then, the Lady Pioneers have forgotten how to win.
Yesterday’s game was a microcosm of the team’s struggles in the last three games. Warren County went scoreless for the third straight game, couldn’t make defensive stops, and struggled getting outs in the circle.
Sarah Jacobs came up with Warren County’s only hit, as the Lady Pioneer bats were quieted by the dominant pitching of the Lady Falcons.
Pitching was far from dominant for Warren County as Gabi Keith continued her struggles. Keith, who is a returning All-District 6-AAA performer, has lost her last three decisions. Keith gave up seven runs before being relieved by sophomore Monica Lane in the fifth inning.
Lane had little luck when she entered the circle, giving up six runs, including a game-ending grand slam, without recording an out.
The Lady Pioneers trailed from the outset and never seemed to wake up for the 1:30 p.m. day game. Lincoln County thrived with the support of its student body, scoring runs in all five innings.
Warren County got two chances to end its losing streak yesterday, as the Lady Pioneers played two more games last night. Results from the action were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Pioneers will be back on the diamond today in Lincoln County. Warren County is scheduled to take on Grundy County at 5:30 p.m. and Forrest High School at 8:30 p.m.
Warren County will also play tomorrow against Oakland High School at 10 a.m. The Lady Pioneers will be looking to avenge a 9-0 season-opening loss to the Lady Patriots. Following the Oakland game, Warren County will begin the single-elimination tournament portion of the Border Battle.
Check in Sunday’s edition of the Southern Standard for more details on the Border Battle.