The Warren County High School Lady Pioneer softball team started its weekend with a bang Friday night, earning a 9-4 victory over Moore County.
After two more victories over Grundy County, 6-5 and 3-2, to start the day Saturday, the Lady Pioneers ended their playday by going against Franklin County, to end their dominant showing.
The Lady Pioneers ended the weekend by crushing Franklin County, 8-1, to end the playday undefeated, improving their overall record to 5-0. Against Franklin County, the Lady Pioneers were led by Abby Hutchins and Lindsey Cox, who both went 2-for-2. Hutchins had a homerun, single, and a RBI in the game, while Cox contributed a single and a double.
“I am very proud of the girls’ effort and the way they competed all weekend,” said WCHS softball coach Gooby Martin. “We lost one of our senior leaders Ty Ramirez to a sprained ankle on Thursday and the team was able to rally and pull out some wins. The girls have worked extremely hard this offseason with conditioning and weight training and we hope that pays off as the season gets longer. We need to clean up some defensive mistakes and we should be competitive all season. We have a tough schedule ahead and we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Lady Pioneer freshman Ashton Whiles was dominate on the mound yet again for the Lady Pioneers, improving her record to 2-0 on the season, going four innings and striking out three Lady Rebels. In the top of the first, Whiles sat down Franklin County in order, and the Lady Pioneers took a commanding lead in the bottom of the inning.
After Cox singled to second base to start the inning, she scored on an error by the Lady Raiders to make the score 1-0. Later in the inning, Whiles singled to score Neva Tackett, and the Lady Pioneers were in a groove. Emily Mikkola doubled to left field, scoring Hope Mullican and Hutchins, to take a 4-0 lead heading into the second.
The Lady Rebels went down again in order in the top of the second, and the Lady Pioneers added three more runs in the bottom of the inning, courtesy of a Bailey Walker sacrifice fly to score Cox. An error and a passed ball by the Lady Rebels allowed the Lady Pioneers to add to their lead, and put the game almost certainly out of reach 7-0, going into the third.
Whiles was dealing on the mound for the Lady Pioneers, recording her third consecutive one, two, three inning. Hutchins provided the only scoring for the Lady Pioneers in the bottom of the inning with a solo homerun over the left-field fence to make it 8-0 in favor of the Lady Pioneers.
The Lady Rebels needed to rally in the top of the fourth, but only got one run, as Whiles continued to dominate. The Lady Pioneers prevailed 8-1, to end a two-day successful playday in Franklin County with an undefeated record. The Lady Pioneers were back on the diamond on the road Tuesday night in Sparta, when they faced the White County Lady Warriors.
Results of the game weren’t available at press time.