The Warren County High School Lady Pioneer softball team fell to 0-3 this season at home with a Friday night loss to the Coffee County Raiderettes, 5-2, in eight innings.
The Lady Pioneers never had the lead and their overall record is now 4-3. Skyler Youngblood was the bright spot at the plate for the Lady Pioneers, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Ashton Whiles suffered the loss in relief of starting pitcher Lindsey Cox, going one inning and surrendering three runs. Neither team got a runner across the plate in the first two innings, but that all changed in the top of the third.
The Raiderettes scored on an RBI single to go ahead, 1-0, heading into the bottom of the inning. The Lady Pioneers were unable to answer, keeping the score 1-0 heading into the fourth.
The Lady Pioneers had life in the bottom of the fourth, after the Raiderettes went down in order to begin the inning. Neva Tackett reached base on an error and Youngblood followed with a single to centerfield and the Lady Pioneers were in business with only one out.
The rally was short lived as the Lady Pioneers suffered two quick outs, keeping them from cutting into the Raiderette lead. The Raiderettes added a run in the top of the fifth thanks to a Lady Pioneer error, 2-0.
The Lady Pioneers still didn’t get anything going in the bottom of the inning as the struggles continued at the plate. The Raiderettes failed to build on the lead in the top of the sixth and the Lady Pioneers finally had an answer in the bottom of the inning.
Youngblood singled to score Tackett and the Lady Pioneers cut into the lead, 2-1. Abby Hutchins scored later in the inning on an error by the Raiderettes, tying things up, 2-2, after six.
The score remained the same until the teams went into extra innings.
Cox was pulled in the top of the eighth and the Raiderettes scored three runs off an RBI single and a 2-RBI double, 5-2. The Lady Pioneers had one more chance in the bottom of the inning, but failed to score, going down in order and ultimately losing, 5-2.
The Lady Pioneers will look to get a win at home and end their current three-game losing streak, when they play host to Cumberland County on Monday night. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.