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Lady Pioneers slide by Cumberland County
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After many, many cancellations and rainout games, the Warren County High School Lady Pioneers concluded their last regular season home game Monday afternoon. The Lady Pioneers defeated the Cumberland County Lady Jets by a final score of 3-1.
The Lady Jets were waiting for their chance to take off and in the third inning it looked as though they might, but the Lady Pioneer defense responded and kept the Lady Jets grounded.
Erin Hollis was part of the reason the Lady Jets never got off the ground. Hollis allowed just one run off two hits, two walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings.
It really didn’t take long for Warren County to set the tone, although Cumberland County gained a base runner off an error to lead off the game. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to second and Cumberland County put a runner in scoring position in the first inning. The Lady Jet attempted to steal third but was caught on a throw by Bailey Walker to Ty Ramirez for out two. That was followed by Hollis who threw strike three past the batter.
Lindsey Cox hit a shot and doubled to center field for Warren County. Neva Tackett worked the pitcher for a base hit and reached on an error that allowed Cox to score all the way from second base for a 1-0 lead. It was all Warren County before the second and third out came to end the first inning.
Warren County went back to work in the bottom of the second. Hollis singled to centerfield and Ashlyn Patterson entered as a courtesy runner for Hollis. Patterson quickly bolted down to second base after a passed ball by Cumberland County. A sacrifice bunt allowed Patterson to make her way to third with only one out. Warren County went down swinging for out two. Ramirez hit a shot toward shortstop and beat out the throw as Patterson made it safely home and Warren County took a 2-0 lead.
Cumberland County showed up in the top of the third inning, after a lead-off strikeout by Hollis. With the count full, a Lady Jet reached second on an error by the Warren County defense. A well-hit ball for a single to left field put runners at the corners for Cumberland County with only one out.
A grounder to second for out two scored the runner from third to make it a 2-1 ballgame. With two outs and runners still aboard Cumberland County walked to put runners at the corners again. Hollis gathered herself and followed a walk with a strikeout for out three.
Warren County responded and Tackett singled to right field and she wasted no time and made her way to second base. Kyra Hillis singled to center field and Tackett advanced to third base for Warren County. The Lady Pioneers had just one out and runners at first and third. Tackett advanced to home on a poorly thrown ball and Warren County led 3-1, Hillis wound up third base.  A double play pop-up to third base ended the inning but not before Warren County added another run.
In the top of the fourth inning Cumberland County was wearing down. Two back-to-back grounder to first base and the pitcher recorded outs one and two. The only hit the Lady Jets went away with in the top of the fourth was a line-drive single to right. Hollis was still throwing strikes and ended the inning with a runner stranded at third base.
In the bottom of the fifth inning Warren County hit two consecutive ground balls for the first two outs of the inning. Abby Hutchins singled with a hard hit to right field. With one on and two outs Warren County went down swinging for out three.
Neither team could must a run in its remaining
Warren County won by two in its final game of the 2015 regular season. The Lady Pioneers defeated the Lady Jets by a final score of 3-1.  
The Lady Pioneers will begin play later this week in the 6-AAA District Tournament to be held in Rhea County.