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Soddy Daisy wilts Lady Pioneers
Warren Countys Emily Mikkola beats the pick-off attempt by sliding back into third Monday in the regional game at Soddy Daisy.

Lady Pioneer softball team members held their fate in their hands literally, as they led Soddy Daisy 6-3 with 1 out in the bottom of the seventh inning in the regional matchup Monday.
It was also true of the Lady Trojans as they had their last at-bat to get the game in gear.
Unfortunately for Warren County, Soddy Daisy did just that and scored 4 runs to defeat the Lady Pioneers 7-6 in tough-to-handle loss at Soddy Daisy.
The loss ends Warren County’s season with a 15-8 record.
“It was a heart-breaking loss,” said WCHS Lady Pioneer head coach Gooby Martin. “You win some and you lose some. We came up a little short. We competed to the end and just could not finish. Soddy Daisy is a great team with a lot of tradition. We gave them everything we had. The last 3 outs of a game are the toughest to get.”
“We will learn from this and build on this success next year. I’m happy our girls got the opportunity to play in a regional game,” Martin said. “In the future if we are lucky enough to get back, this experience will be worth the pain we felt after this loss. We had a great season and I’m proud of girls. This was a great team to coach.”
Although the Lady Pioneers started off strong offensively, they struggled defensively and paid the price in the last inning.
For a while, it was all going Warren County’s way as the team jumped to a 4-1 lead after three innings after a single by Hope Mullican in the second scored Grace Rains to tie the game 1-1. Pitcher Ashton Whiles drove in Hailey Wood in the third, 2-1, and another single by Mullican to centerfield drove in runners Emily Mikkola and courtesy runner Makenna Mason, 4-1.
Soddy Daisy added 2 runs in the fourth and Warren County countered with 2 runs in the fifth after a Mullican triple scored Rains and a hard ground ball to center by Kyra Hillis scored Mullican, 6-3, before the Lady Trojans last-inning rally ended the contest and the season for the Lady Pioneers.
Whiles took the loss for Warren County pitching for six innings, allowing 7 runs, 11 hits and 1 strikeout.
It was a pitching battle as Soddy Daisy fielded two fast-pitch dynamos and Whiles has been top-notch for Warren County all season with Monday being no exception.
Warren County tallied 9 hits in the regional battle and Mullican led the way going 3-for-4 at the plate with 1 run and 4 RBIs. Whiles had 2 hits and 1 RBI, Hailey Wood (1 run), Neva Tackett, Skyler Youngblood and Hillis (1 RBI) all had 1 hit each for Warren County.