Warren County High School softball had a good year. The Lady Pioneers were district champions after defeating Cookeville 20-3 and only fell in the final innings to Soddy Daisy on the state tournament trail.
Some members of the team are still at it, only in a different league. Ashton Whiles, Maddie Cantrell, MaKenna Mason, and Emily Mikkola are all members of a team called the Bownet Outlaws in Manchester, which is a USFA team made up of girls from around Middle Tennessee.
They’re good too, having recently defeated the Scorchers out of White House Heritage 5-3, winning the high school division state and world qualifier.
“Our team has gelled. We have players from Waverly, Jackson, Columbia, Manchester, and McMinnville,” said Outlaws coach Chris West. “This is a new team put together to be competitive and fun. We started playing better when we attended the Tennessee Tech Invitational Play Day last Friday. We won that play day against teams such as Velocity out of Smyrna and the Nashville Cruisers. This is when our players were being noticed. That was fun to watch our girls be successful on a big stage. Our next college showcase tournament is this coming weekend in Chattanooga.”
Having a spot on a sport they can still play after the season ends for the school year is a big plus for participating players. It keeps skills current and allows the progression to learn new ones against teams from areas the Lady Pioneers might not play during the district schedule. Sometimes these traveling teams are better than what they’ve been up against in high school, which allows for a learning experience. When the players return to high school or college they’ve kept up the skillsets learned during the regular season.
USFA Tennessee’s objective is to organize and promote youth softball for the interest and love of the game. It is also to organize and provide an opportunity for teams to compete in league and tournament competition that leads to state and world championships in their respective age and class groups.
Bownet Weekend Tournament
Manchester Bownet Outlaws ASA/USA
Eastern Elite Showcase/National Qualifier Pool Schedule
Friday, June 23 @ 1:30 p.m.
Warner Park Field 1 vs Comets01
Friday, June 23 @ 3 p.m.
Warner Park Field 1 vs Frost Falcons 01
Saturday, June 24 @ 12:30 p.m.
Warner Park Field 3 vs SWVA Storm
Saturday, June 24 @ 3:30 p.m.
Warner Park Field 4 vs Comets 2000