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Lady Pioneers fall in region finals
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First baseman Addison Smith made some essential plays against Coffee County in the region championship, including an impressive rundown that led to her tagging out a runner headed home. The freshman played the entire game and helped keep Warren in the game. - photo by Taylor Moore

The WCHS Lady Pioneer softball team beat Coffee County twice during the district tournament on the way to the championship.

Coffee County got some revenge Wednesday night.

The Lady Pioneers lost the region championship, 6-2, to Coffee County on Wednesday night in McMinnville as the Lady Raiders brought big bats to the game.

The loss means the Lady Pioneers travel to Stewarts Creek on Friday to fight for a spot in the state tournament. Game time is 6:30 p.m. 

Stewarts Creek, coming off its first region championship in the nine-year history of the school, is led by star pitcher Grace Fijino. The Lady Red Hawks are 27-10-1 and have a lineup that includes district MVP Reese Vivrette. 

Stewarts Creek has played five teams this season that are still alive in the sectional round in different divisions.

By virtue of winning the region championship, Coffee County will get to stay at home Friday night and host Smyrna.

Friday night will be a chance for the Lady Pioneers to make history. Warren County softball advanced to sectionals in 2019, but the Lady Pioneers have never reached the state tournament.

Coffee County kept a consistent pace throughout the game scoring 2 runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings. CC was on fire at the plate getting 12 hits, but luckily WC’s defense was hot enough to keep the runs down to 6 overall.

Warren County (18-8) made a great double play in the first with shortstop Alyssa Mosley stopping a grounder and touching second and making the play at first. First baseman Addison Smith also made an impressive play in the third where she trapped a runner heading home.

She, catcher Shelby Roberts and third baseman Jessie Young played catch with the runner looking for an escape going back and forth between third and home. As the runner slid into home, Smith tagged her to make an essential play.

Warren County had a respectable night at the plate with 6 hits, and Aleya Esparza led the girls with 2 hits off 3 at-bats. 

Madison Hollis hit a beautiful line drive to earn an RBI, and Marli McBride singled immediately after with a hard grounder to center.

Roberts scored off the Hollis double, and Jazzlyn Ward advanced on McBride’s hit and gained WC’s second run on an error by Coffee County.