The Warren County High School Lady Pioneer softball team, coming off an impressive weekend in Franklin County, extended its winning streak to six games Tuesday night when the Lady Pioneers traveled to Sparta to take on the White County Warriorettes.
The Lady Pioneers won yet again in dominating fashion by run-ruling the Warriorettes 11-1 in six innings. The Lady Pioneers were led by an electrifying performance at the plate from Abby Hutchins, who went 3-for-4 with 5 RBIs and two runs scored.
Skyler Youngblood added a 3-for-4 night with two singles and a double. Lindsey Cox earned the win for the Lady Pioneers on the mound by going six strong innings and striking out seven. Both teams started off sluggish swinging the bats, and failed to score any runs in the first or second innings.
The Lady Pioneers changed that in the top of the third.
Emily Mikkola started the inning with a single to right field, but the Lady Pioneers suffered two quick outs. With two outs, Bailey Walker reached base on an error by the Lady Warriors, scoring Mikkola to put the Lady Pioneers on the board first, 1-0. That was the only run the Lady Pioneers put on the board in the inning, and the Warriorettes didn’t capitalize in the bottom of the inning, keeping the Lady Pioneer lead 1-0, heading into the fourth.
The Lady Pioneers finally distanced themselves in the top of the fourth, thanks to a double to start the inning from Youngblood. Hope Mullican came in to pitch run for Youngblood, and a batter later scored on a Hutchins RBI triple to increase the Lady Pioneer lead to 2-0.
Later in the inning an RBI single from Bethany Porter, a passed ball by the Warriorettes, scoring Mikkola, and a Kyra Hillis RBI single, scoring Porter, increased the Lady Pioneer lead even more to 5-0 going into the bottom of the inning.
The Warriorettes managed only a run in the bottom of the inning, still trailing 5-1 at the end of four.
The Lady Pioneers tacked on four more runs in the top of the fifth, courtesy of Ashton Whiles and Hutchins’ RBI singles to centerfield, and more errors by the Lady Warriors to make it 9-1, and putting the Warriorettes in desperation mode, going into the bottom of the inning.
The Warriorettes failed to cut into the Lady Pioneers lead in the bottom of the inning, keeping the score 9-1.
A Hutchins 2-RBI single to left field in the top of the sixth made it a double-digit game, 11-1, going into the bottom of the inning, and the Warriorettes had one last chance at a comeback. But Cox struck out the side, finishing her impressive night on the mound and sending the Lady Pioneers to their sixth straight win, 11-1, over their rivals.
The Lady Pioneers were scheduled to be back in action Thursday in Murfreesboro to compete in the Southern Warrior Classic. The tournament will last through the weekend.