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Lady Pioneers beat Cumberland County
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The Warren County High School Lady Pioneer softball team took the last of four lead changes in a back-and-forth contest against Cumberland County and secured a 7-4 win Friday evening in the post-season tournament held in Rhea County.
Lady Pioneer Erin Hollis got the call for Warren County and she allowed four runs off nine hits and struck out six and walked four in her seven innings of work.
Warren County was off to the races in the bottom of the first when Lindsey Cox led the game off with a line-drive blast for a triple to right field. Ty Ramirez went right behind her with a double and Cox scored just two batters into the game. Neva Tackett drew a walk to put runners on first and second base. A double play and a ground ball to third base ended the inning but not before Warren County claimed the lead 1-0.
It was Cox again who led the third inning off with a walk followed by a pop-up for an out. Tackett singled to center field and it was hit well enough that the speed of Cox allowed her to score all the way from first base and the Lady Pioneers took a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning the Lady Jets went three up, three down.
The fifth inning saw Cumberland County post three runs and claim a 3-2 lead and for the first time in the game the Lady Pioneers were behind.
The Lady Pioneers responded in the bottom of the fifth inning and added three more runs of their own and Warren County reclaimed the lead 5-3. After a lead-off out by Cox, the Lady Pioneers went on a tirade of walks and singles with an error thrown in for good measure. Ramirez, Tackett, and Kyra Hillis all scored in the bottom of the fifth to re-take the lead at 5-3.
Warren County went right back on the attack in the bottom of the sixth and added two more for a 7-3 lead. Abby Hutchins led off with a single and stole second base before Cox singled to left field that moved Hutchins over to third. Ramirez sacrificed and allowed Hutchins to score for a 6-3 lead. Tackett then singled and Cox crossed the plate to go up 7-3 over Cumberland County. Warren County’s inning ended with back-to-back outs.
Cumberland County was down to its final at-bat and just did not have the firepower to get it done. Two singles did allow the Lady Jets a final run to cross the plate and Warren County held on and defeated the Lady Jets by a final score of 7-4 and advance to the next round of the postseason.