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The Warren County Middle School softball team sent its eighth-graders out in style Thursday by taking two games against Franklin South Thursday in a doubleheader.
On a night where seven Lady Pioneers were honored on eighth-grade night, Warren County defeated Franklin South 15-0 in three innings for its first win, then came back to win 5-4 in the second game. The victories helped Warren County finish the season with a 16-4 record and earn the No. 3 seed in the Central Tennessee Conference tournament.
Coach Gooby Martin trotted out every member of his eighth-grade class in the first game and the group didn’t take long in dispatching Franklin South.
Warren County scored seven runs in the first inning and eight more in the second as the home team only batted twice in the contest.
The team started with a spark from second baseman Lauren Hennessee, an eighth-grader who missed most of the season with a broken hand. Hennessee made her return Thursday night and immediately left her mark by snagging a line drive to end the first inning for Franklin South at the plate.
The Lady Pioneers then poured on the runs, starting with the first four batters drawing walks. By the time Neva Tackett took her free pass, Warren County led 1-0.
Bethany Porter followed with a single to score Hennessee, then Madison Mason followed with a run-scoring single of her own. By the time Erin Hollis and Amy Webb each hit two-run singles, Warren County led 7-0.
Hollis returned to the circle to pitch the second inning and quickly dispatched Franklin South so the Lady Pioneers could hit again.
Warren County went through its order a second time, getting two-run singles from Mason and Emily Webb. Skyler Youngblood, who hit her second home run last Tuesday in a 10-8 loss to Tullahoma, capped off the inning with a two-run double.
Hollis pitched the third inning to earn the win and give the eighth-grade class something to celebrate.
Coach Martin decided to let his younger players get in the second game, but the result stayed the same. Warren County picked up a close win with Hope Mullican going the distance in the circle.
Mullican, along with Kyra Hillis, Shonacye Rutledge and Marah Wanamaker, had RBI hits in the game. Tackett finished the second game with a team-leading two hits while Lexi Chadwell and Hailey Wood added one hit apiece.
Warren County will start play in the CTC tournament Monday with a game against White County. The game will start at 6:15 p.m. and will be played in Coffee County.