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Making the cut
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Coach David Upton had the challenging task of replacing his most successful senior class when he held tryouts for the Warren County High School softball team last week.Departing the Lady Pioneers was an eight-player senior class that took the program to new heights as sophomores by reaching regionals for the first time, then set a school record for wins as juniors.Though several familiar faces return for the Lady Pioneers, an 11-player freshman class looks to be the new foundation of the program going forward.Coach Upton’s team will be very young next season, as only three seniors return to the team.The Lady Pioneers are headlined by seniors Mahaley Keele, Monica Lane and Allison Bond.In her first season playing at WCHS, Keele earned All-District 6-AAA honors as a junior playing left field. Keele played her freshman year at Boyd before transferring to Warren County before her junior season.Lane is a two-time all-district performer as the team’s second baseman. Lane has started since her freshman year and will be counted on to pull double duty at second base and pitcher next season.Bond hopes to crack the starting lineup in her senior year as an outfielder or designated hitter.Pitcher K.B. Cantrell has the most experience of the six juniors returning.