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Lady Pioneers ready for tournament action
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Rhealee Johnson leads the Lady Pioneers with 6 home runs for the season. She is shown from an earlier game this season. Warren County is anxious to end a two-week layoff and start district tournament action Monday in Rhea County. - photo by Brad Durham

The Warren County High School Lady Pioneer softball team will finally see district tournament action Monday. 

The Lady Pioneers tied for the regular season district title with White County. Both teams had a 7-1 district record. Warren County won the tiebreaker to become the No. 1 seed in the district tournament, which is scheduled to begin for the Lady Pioneers on Monday at 6 p.m. EST at Rhea County.

WCHS head coach Gooby Martin explained the tiebreaker. “The first tiebreaker was head-to-head. They beat us one time, and we beat them one time. The next tiebreaker was total runs allowed in district games. We allowed 10, and I think they allowed 20, 21, or 22. So we won the tiebreaker and will be the No. 1 seed.”

The No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers for the Lady Pioneers have been junior Madison Hollis and senior Sadie Simmons. Hollis is 10-2 for the season, and Simmons is 5-3. 

The top four batters for the Lady Pioneers in terms of batting average are junior Shelby Roberts .500, Sadie Simmons .404, senior Rhealee Johnson .403, and senior Elia Atterson .339.  

Johnson leads the Lady Pioneers in home runs with 6, and Madison Hollis has 5 home runs for the season.

The Lady Pioneers had two players in concussion protocol from the Coffee County tournament. They were hit in the head, but will be 100% for the district tournament. The district tournament will be double elimination, and this year Rhea County is the host. 

The top two teams from the district will advance to the region tournament. Coach Martin says their goal is to advance to the region and defend their region title. If Warren County wins the district championship, the Lady Pioneers will host their first game in the region tournament. If they lose the district championship game, they will travel to play in the region tournament. 

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