The Warren County High School Lady Pioneer softball team began its season on the road Thursday night in Winchester to take on the Franklin County Lady Raiders. The Lady Pioneers exploded for 12 runs, including four in the top of the first, to earn their first win.
The Lady Pioneers were led by Skyler Youngblood, who went 2-for-5 with a double, home run and seven RBI. Lindsey Cox also had a solid game for the Lady Pioneers going 3-for-5 with three runs scored.
Freshman Ashton Whiles earned the win for the Lady Pioneers on the mound, going seven strong innings, allowing only two hits, a run and three walks. The Lady Pioneers started strong in the top of the first when Cox hit a single to start the first for the Lady Pioneers.
After two consecutive walks, loading the bases, Youngblood came up and hit a grand slam home run to centerfield to clear the bases and give the Lady Pioneers the 4-0 advantage going into the bottom of the inning.
The Lady Raiders went down in order in the bottom of the inning, and the Lady Pioneers took advantage in the top of the second. Errors plagued Franklin County in the top of the second, leading to seven Lady Pioneer runs. Cox singled to begin the second and Ty Ramirez reached base on an error by the Lady Raiders.
Cox scored on an error and Emily Mikkola came in to pinch run for Ramirez and later scored on another costly mistake by the Lady Raiders, scoring Mikkola, to make the score 6-0 in favor of the Lady Pioneers. The Lady Pioneers tacked on one more run when Neva Tackett crossed the plate to make it 7-0 going into the bottom half of the second.
The Lady Raiders failed to cut into the lead, and neither team contributed to the run column in the third, and the score remained 7-0 going into the fourth.
After the Lady Pioneer bats went cold in the top of the fourth, The Lady Raiders finally got on the board, scoring a run in the bottom of the inning to cut into the Lady Pioneer lead 7-1 heading to the fifth.
Youngblood fired the Lady Pioneer bats back up with a 3-RBI double to center field to increase the Lady Pioneer lead 10-1.
The scoring stopped until the top of the seventh when the Lady Pioneers continued to increase their lead, thanks to more errors by the Lady Raiders to make the lead 12-1, giving the home team one last chance to mount a comeback.
The Lady Raiders scored a run in the bottom of the inning, ending their comeback hopes, and the Lady Pioneers moved to 1-0 on the season in impressive fashion, on the road.
The Lady Pioneers were back on the diamond Friday, when they traveled to Franklin County to take on Moore County in tournament action. The Lady Pioneers defeated Moore County 9-4, thanks to a solid game by Lindsey Cox. The Lady Pioneers faced off against Grundy County on Saturday, but results for the game weren't available at press time.