After the Lady Pioneers defeated Cumberland County twice in the regular season, the two teams would square-off one more time in the 6AAA District Tournament and the game on Monday evening would end someone’s postseason.
After a seven-inning battle and only four hits and one walk, Warren County was defeated by Cumberland County 5-1.
Lady Pioneer Lindsey Cox got the start inside the circle and lasted four innings. Cox allowed three runs off four hits, walking two and striking out four. Erin Hollis pitched the final three innings for Warren County. Hollis allowed two runs off three hits and struck out two.
Out of the four Lady Pioneers to hit the ball, Cox was the only one who crossed the plate.
The game was relatively quiet for the first three innings. The only offense for the Lady Jets was a pair of walk issued by Cox. A Bailey Walker single was all the Lady Pioneers could muster in their first two trips to the plate.
By the top of the third, Cumberland County had settled in and posted three runs. The Lady Jets started the inning with a triple and a sacrifice bunt followed to score the game's first run. Following an error, a single to centerfield allowed two more runs to cross the plate, giving the Lady Jets a 3-0 lead.
The only Lady Pioneer to reach in the bottom of the third was Hope Mullican. She hit a line-drive shot to shortstop and reached on an error. A ground ball for an out ended the inning before Mullican could get any further.
Fast forward to the bottom of the fourth and the score remained 3-0 in favor of the Lady Jets, but the Lady Pioneers were on the move. Back-to-back singles put runners on first and second with only one out. But Cumberland County was the beneficiary of a ground ball for a double play to end the Warren County momentum.
In the top of the fifth, the Lady Jets added two more runs to their total and they led 5-0. All it took was two singles and a sacrifice-bunt to bring in two more runs.
Warren County was due up and due for some hits in the bottom of the sixth. Cox blasted a shot to left field for a lead-off single and she wasted little time and stole second base. A Ty Ramirez hit followed, but Ramirez was ruled out for being out of the batter’s box. Neva Tackett grounded out to shortstop and Cox advanced to third base. With two outs, Kyra Hillis singled and brought Cox in from third for the Lady Pioneers first run of the game and the score was 5-1. The inning ended on the next batter with a strikeout.
In the seventh inning, the Lady Pioneer defense held the Lady Jets. Warren County retired the side in order for their second consecutive at-bat.
The Lady Pioneers were down to their last trip to the plate. Unfortunately it just was not meant to be and the bats for Warren County remained on hiatus. The first two Lady Pioneers struck out looking and the third out went down swinging to end the game.
Cumberland County defeated Warren County by a final score of 5-1 and the loss also ended the postseason tournament for the Lady Pioneers.
Warren County finished its regular season with a 5-5 district record and a 2-2 record in the postseason.