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Spring's first pitches
WCMS girls win, Pioneers fall short on opening night
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Kora Forbes kicks off the WCMS softball season with a strike. Forbes struck out eight while leading the Lady Pioneers to a 9-3 victory over Shelbyville on opening night.
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Wesley Sherrell earned the opening start for the WCMS Pioneers Monday. Sherrell was stellar in a 2-1 loss to Shelbyville.

The rain relented just in time.

With the sun shining, two Warren County Middle School teams were able to start their spring season Monday. The Lady Pioneer softball team opened play with a 9-3 victory over Shelbyville Harris, while the baseball team fell 2-1 to Harris.

Coming off a Central Tennessee Conference championship, Lady Pioneer coach Joe Damon didn’t know what to expect with his new team. Warren County had to replace all nine starters from last year’s title team. The early results were promising.

Kora Forbes dominated in the circle and the Lady Pioneers pounded out 10 hits while building a 9-0 lead over their rivals. Warren County put the game away with a five-run second inning, followed by plating four more in the third.

Gracie Randolph started the scoring in the second, connecting on a single to right field to bring around Maggie Whiles. Dallis Melton kept the merry-go-round going on the base paths, drilling a triple after a fielder’s choice.

 Cadi Todd and Jessie Young continued the barrage, with Todd slapping a single and Young scorching a double into right field to make it 4-0. Young would score later on a passed ball to give the Lady Pioneers control.

Forbes didn’t need much help in the circle. In her first big varsity start, Forbes allowed three runs – coming after her team had the game in control – while striking out eight. Forbes struck out the side in the second inning and finished off the win with her eighth punch-out.

Randolph and Young led the team offensively, finishing with two hits and two RBIs each. Both had RBIs during the four-run third inning. Forbes, Bella Bain, Jazz Ward and Melton all had one hit each.

The baseball team had its chance late against Shelbyville Harris, stranding the tying run in scoring position in the final inning.

Alex van Vuuren led off the sixth with a single, ultimately moving just a few feet away from scoring in the bottom of the seventh The seventh-grader wasn't able to come around though, as the Pioneers popped out three straight times to end the game.

Shelbyville was able to plate its two runs in the fourth inning. Two straight walks to start the frame came back to bite the Pioneers, who had led 1-0 after three innings.

Jax King scored the lone run for Warren County, getting aboard on a walk and scoring on a wild pitch.

Aiden Miller and van Vuuren had the lone hits for Warren County.