The WCHS Lady Pioneers remain undefeated in the district after capturing a 7-3 road win over the Warriorettes in Sparta on Thursday night.
“We beat a very good White County pitcher,” said Warren County softball head coach Gooby Martin “She kept us off balance until late in the game. We had some good at bats the last couple of innings which produced some runs for us. Our defense held on late and we’re excited about leaving White County with a win.”
Despite allowing a run in the bottom of the first, Ashton Whiles’ pitching and the Lady Pioneer D contained White County’s offense to only 5 hits, and 3 runs. Whiles struck out 7, throwing for all 7 innings, and walked 2.
Meanwhile, the Lady Pioneer offense got into gear in the top of the third as Neva Tackett hit a hard shot to left field, scoring Madison Mason, followed by a hard grounder to center by Whiles scoring Tackett before the end of the inning, 2-1.
White County grabbed two more runs, one in the third and again in the fourth, 3-2, but Warren County was all over it adding 2 runs on the board in the top of the fifth generated by poor defense by the Warriorettes allowing Hailey Wood to score, and Emily Mikkola to advance and Tackett to drive home Mikkola on a line drive to right field, 4-3.
Another big inning in the top of the sixth helped to cement the district win for Warren County as Mikkola singled with a bunt as Wood sped home. Tackett hit a line drive to centerfield scoring Mikkola and Whiles hit a line drive to right field, scoring Tackett, for the final run, 7-3.
The Lady Pioneers garnered 11 hits as Tackett went 4-for-4 at the plate with 3 RBIs and 2 runs in the contest, Kyra Hillis went 3-for-4. Whiles got 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Mikkola and Wood both had 1 hit apiece.
The Lady Pioneers face Tullahoma on Monday night at home. Game time is 5:30 p.m.