The Warren County Middle School softball team faced off against the Coffee County Raiderettes in a semifinal game of the CTC tournament at Coffee County Middle School on Friday night.
The Lady Pioneers ultimately were victorious, defeating the host Raiderettes, 2-1, to advance to the championship game held Saturday, where they awaited the winner of the Coffee County and Tullahoma game.
Sadie Simmons came up clutch for the Lady Pioneers hitting an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning and that was the difference in the game. Rhealee Johnson was dominant on the mound, going five innings and allowing one run.
The Raiderettes went down in order in the top of the first and the Lady Pioneers took advantage of a miscue in the bottom of the inning. Elia Atterson led off the inning with a single and later scored on an error by the Raiderettes, to put the Lady Pioneers up, 1-0, after one.
After the Raiderettes failed to answer the run in the top of the second, the Lady Pioneers added to their lead in the bottom of the inning. MaKenna Mason hit a double to the outfield to start the bottom half of the inning. Simmons came up a few batters late and drove in Mason, extending the Lady Pioneer lead, 2-0.
Johnson continued to dominate on the mound for the Lady Pioneers in the top of the third, keeping Coffee County off the scoreboard. The Lady Pioneers didn’t add to their lead in the bottom of the inning and the score remained the same after three.
The Raiderettes finally got on the board in the top of the fourth thanks to a fielder’s choice by the Lady Pioneers, 2-1. The Lady Pioneers didn’t score again but that didn’t matter as Johnson breezed through the Raiderette lineup in the top of the fifth, to help the Lady Pioneers advance to the championship game, 2-1.
The Lady Pioneers championship game results weren’t available at press time. Check back in Wednesday’s edition to see full results.