The Warren County Middle School Lady Pioneer softball team returned to its winning ways Monday night by defeating the Franklin South Lady Trojans, 17-1, behind a 13-run offensive explosion in the first inning.
The Lady Pioneers saw a strong performance from Calyn Damon, who went 2-for-2 with a single, double and two RBIs. McKenna Mason and Elia Atterson added a triple apiece in the blowout win. Sadie Simmons earned the win on the mound for the Lady Pioneers.
The visiting Lady Trojans came out sluggish in the top of the first, failing to score or get a hit, and the Lady Pioneers took advantage. The scoring started early and often for the Lady Pioneers as they batted around in the bottom of the inning thanks to a leadoff triple from Atterson. After a few walks by the Lady Trojans, McKenna Mason hit a three-RBI triple to the outfield to unload the bases, giving the Lady Pioneers the three-run lead.
Sadie Simmons hit a single to score Mason after a Rhealee Johnson walk to push the lead to 4-0 in favor of the Lady Pioneers. The Lady Pioneers in a blink of an eye tacked on nine more runs in the inning, thanks to numerous walks and errors by the Lady Trojans to take a commanding lead going into the second inning, 13-0.
The Lady Trojans couldn’t buy a hit through the first two innings as Simmons was in the zone on the mound. The Lady Pioneers added four more runs in the bottom of the second, due to more errors by the Lady Trojans, and singles by Simmons, Halo Armstrong and Marli McBride. The Lady Trojans needed to mount an almost impossible comeback in the top of the third or risk getting run ruled with the lead now 17-0, heading into the third.
Franklin South managed to get one run across in the top of the inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Pioneers ran away with the game 17-1 to improve their record to 4-1 on the season in dominating fashion. Everyone who started the game for the Lady Pioneers contributed by getting on base.
The Lady Pioneers were back in action on the road Tuesday night against the Lady Trojans in Franklin County for game two between the teams. Results weren’t available at press time.