In what proved to be one long, exhausting weekend for the Warren County High School softball team, the Lady Pioneers completed their run in Lincoln County with a top-10 finish at the Border Battle.
Warren County played eight games over three days in Lincoln County, finishing with an even 4-4 record. Half of the team’s wins came on Friday night, when they defeated Grundy County and Forrest High School in pool play.
The Lady Pioneers action continued Saturday morning with a game against Oakland High School. In a battle for tournament positioning, Warren County was defeated 4-2 by the Lady Patriots.
It was the second loss of the season against Oakland for Warren County, who opened the season with a 9-0 loss at the hands of the Lady Patriots.
The loss gave Warren County the No. 2 seed out of its pool, meaning they had to face Tullahoma High School in the opening round of the single-elimination tournament.
The Lady Pioneers were up to the challenge against Tullahoma, as junior Gabi Keith pitched a gem to help Warren County win 6-1.
The big highlight from the mid-day game was Lauren Wilkinson hitting her third home run of the tournament and fourth of the season in the Lady Pioneers’ win.
With its win, Warren County found another familiar foe waiting for them in the quarterfinals. The Lady Pioneers took on Franklin County, a team Warren County defeated 2-1 early in the season.
The Lady Pioneers weren’t as successful the second time around. Affects of eight games in three days, including three straight Saturday, along with temperatures reaching 90 degrees, wore out the Warren County players.
The Lady Pioneers fell to Franklin County 6-2, ending its tournament run. The loss dropped Warren County to 10-7 overall.
Franklin County would go on to lose in the semifinals to Athens High School out of Alabama. In a fitting end to the Border Battle, the top team from Tennessee met up with the defending state champions from Alabama.
Riverdale High School prevailed in the finals, defeating Athens 5-4.
Warren County was back on the diamond last night when they traveled to Murfreesboro. The Lady Pioneers were looking to avenge two losses to Oakland. Results were unavailable at press time.
Warren County will hit the road again tomorrow when they travel to Manchester for a District 6-AAA game. The Lady Pioneers will be looking to knock off the Coffee County Lady Raiders, who have yet to lose a game in the recently formed district.
The first pitch for tomorrow night’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m.