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Lady Pioneers win big at White County
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Calyn Damon, seen in a prior game, has made a big impact as a designated hitter. Damon had two hits Wednesday, upping her average to .462. - photo by Jeffery Simmons
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Ashton Whiles, wearing helmet, was all smiles as her team greeted her at the plate following a two-run home run. Whiles has hit 14 home runs in her career, putting her three behind Lauren Wilkinson's school record. Whiles sparked a 9-0 win at White County Tuesday. - photo by Jeffery Simmons

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.