Any doubts about the Lady Pioneer offense seemed to disappear once the team started District 6AAA play. Warren County pounded White County on the road Tuesday night, winning 9-0 to start its district title defense.
Ashton Whiles moved one step closer to a school record with her 14th career home run, while Hailey Wood finished a home run short of the cycle as the Lady Pioneer bats warmed up against the Warriorettes. The offensive outburst backed up a magnificent effort from freshman Madison Hollis, who allowed just one hit and struck out eight for her third victory.
“It’s always good to get a win in district. I thought the girls swung the bat better today than they have in a long time,” said coach Gooby Martin following Tuesday’s victory. “We still have a lot of work to do. We had a lot of productive at-bats. Defensively we played well. Madison threw the ball well and MaKenna (Mason) called a great game.
“We made some mental mistakes late and we have to erase them - especially with some seniors making them.”
Warren County (5-4-1) got rolling in the fourth inning, breaking open a scoreless affair with seven runs. Whiles was the catalyst, with her booming two-run shot over the left-field fence starting the scoring. It was Whiles’ second home run this season, bringing her three shy of the school record (17) held by Lauren Wilkinson.
Elia Atterson added a two-run double to make it 4-0, scoring Rhealee Johnson and Shelby Roberts.
Wood capped the fourth with a two-run double off the fence. Wood, who singled to start the game, added a triple off the left-field fence in the fifth inning to finish 3-for-4 and raise her average to .344.
Calyn Damon, Atterson and Johnson all had two hits in a game where Warren County came one hit shy of a season-high, finishing with 12.
The Lady Pioneers will take part in a make-up game Sunday in Manchester. Warren County will be looking to avenge an extra-inning loss to the Lady Raiders when the teams meet at 2:30 p.m.