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Lady Pioneers reach regionals
Softball team wins two, falls in title game
Jacob Dodd photo-The Warren County High School Lady Pioneers celebrate after defeating Rhea County on Thursday in tournament action. Pictured, from left, are Lexie Chadwell, Ashton Whiles, Neva Tackett and Skyler Youngblood.
After chopping down two opponents Thursday night – Rhea County, 10-3 and Cookeville, 4-2 – the Lady Pioneers made it to the district championship game, albeit a little tired.It was Cookeville that cost the Lady Pioneers two more ballgames, having defeated Warren County once in the double-elimination tournament on Wednesday, and it was Cookeville again which defeated the Lady Pioneers, 9-7, in a close 9-inning contest that lasted until after midnight Thursday.With the game knotted 6-6 after seven innings, both teams scored in the eighth to send the game into a ninth inning where Cookeville would get the breaks taking advantage of some defensive miscues by the Lady Pioneers and garnering 3 hits to push in 2 runs, 9-7.The exhausted Lady Pioneers didn’t have much left and the Lady Cavs were able to retire the bottom of the ninth 1-2-3 to retain the lead for a championship victory.“First off I’d like to thank our softball families, friends, and fans,” said WCHS softball head coach Gooby Martin. “Warren County supported us so much this week of the district tournament. It was a great atmosphere and exciting time for our program.