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Stone stumps Lady Pioneers
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The Lady Pioneers jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the first inning over Stone Memorial, but couldn’t hold on for a high school softball victory Thursday.
Stone Memorial rallied for a five-run fourth inning that claimed the lead and Warren County never was able to reclaim it as Stone Memorial escaped with a 6-5 win.
Sarah Knowles got the start inside the pitching circle for the Lady Pioneers. Knowles pitched three and two-thirds innings and allowed six runs off eight hits. She walked one and struck out two.
Erin Hollis entered the game in relief in the fourth inning and stopped the Stone Memorial momentum in its tracks. Hollis allowed no runs, no hits, and struck out two in three and a third innings.
Skyler Youngblood and Ty Ramirez each had two hits for Warren County.
Stone Memorial led off the game with a single to left field. The runner was sacrificed to second base and with one on and one out Stone Memorial quickly had a runner in scoring position. A second single to left field scored the runner from third base for a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, Warren County went through the entire batting order and posted a four-run inning. Ramirez started with a single to center field. Neva Tackett singled to shortstop and after a throwing error Tackett wound up at second base and Ramirez advanced to third.
Youngblood hammered a shot to center field that cleared the bases and scored both runners to claim a 2-1 lead. Abby Hutchins sacrificed but beat out the throw and Youngblood scored to make it a 3-1 lead. Bailey Martin drew a walk and Bailey Walker doubled to right field and scored Martin all the way from first base for a 4-1 lead.
After an explosive first at-bat, the Lady Pioneers had two singles and a walk but couldn’t get anyone across during their second trip to the plate and after two complete innings Warren County led 4-1.
Stone Memorial ripped a shot toward third base and the ball went straight up into the air and Ramirez could not find it to make a play on it for a lead-off single. The runner stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by Warren County. With a runner threatening at third Knowles struck out the batter for out one. Ramirez redeemed herself and collected outs two and three for the Lady Pioneers.
In the third, Porter picked up a one-out single to center field. She advanced to second on a passed ball. Mullican stepped in and ripped a triple to right that cleared the bases and Warren County led 5-1.
The game took a huge shift in momentum in the top of the fourth and the rally started after Stone Memorial picked up back-to-back outs to start the inning. Four straight singles by Stone Memorial scored two runs and the Warren County lead was cut to 5-3.
A walk, and a batter hit by a pitch scored another run for Stone Memorial and the lead was 5-4. A single to second base scored a run to tie the game at 5-5 and kept the bases loaded. The final run came off an error by Warren County and Stone Memorial reclaimed the lead at 6-5.
In the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings Warren County went three up, three down each inning. Warren County was hitting the ball, but Stone Memorial was making plays on defense.
In the sixth inning, after out one, Ramirez outran the throw to first on a well-placed bunt. Ramirez stole second and advanced on a ground ball to third base, but that’s where she was left stranded.
Warren County couldn’t scratch across a run to tie the game as Stone Memorial outlasted the Lady Pioneers by a final score of 6-5 in McMinnville. The Lady Pioneers will be back at home April 27 versus Cumberland County with game time set for 5 p.m.