It was 0-0. I was looking for a pitch inside I could drive. She threw the perfect pitch.Ashton Whiles, describing her sixth-inning, three-run homer
Power and pitching. It's coming to define the Lady Pioneers.
Ashton Whiles and Madison Hollis each hit homers and combined to hold DeKalb County to just five hits in Tuesday's 11-1 win.
Warren County was set to start its season Monday at Coffee County, but rain delayed the team's debut 24 hours. DeKalb County walked into a beating, one that blew up in the fifth inning.
The Lady Tigers held down the powerful Lady Pioneer offense for four innings, but Warren County finally broke the tie in the fifth. Reigning District 6AAA player of the year Hailey Wood plated the game's first run with a RBI single, opening the floodgates.
The Lady Pioneers followed with three straight doubles from Emily Mikkola, Whiles and Rhealee Johnson to make it 4-0.
The offense was just getting started.
Hollis, a freshman, showed her power to start an avalanche of runs in the sixth. Hollis launched a two-run home run to straight center, with the ball skipping off the the top of the fence and over.
Whiles cleared the bases moments later. After Wood and Grace Rains reached on singles, Whiles launched her 13th career home run - four off the school record - to make it 9-1.
Maddie Cantrell and MaKenna Mason made sure the game wouldn't need a seventh inning, enacting a run rule with a pair of RBI singles.
Whiles and Hollis each pitched three innings, with Hollis picking up the win. Whiles allowed one hit and struck out three, while Hollis had five strikeouts - three coming in the fifth - while surrendering one run on four hits.
The defending District 6AAA champion Lady Pioneers opened their season with a dominant 11-1 victory over DeKalb County. Freshman Madison Hollis and senior Ashton Whiles had big nights, with each hitting home runs and combining to shut down the Lady Tigers. pic.twitter.com/1x3s6wHQL4— WC Sports Authority (@sstandardsports) March 13, 2019