Warren County softball suffered a tough 1-0 loss Wednesday night to Rhea County, which is hosting the district tournament. Rhea County had beaten White County the night before. Therefore, a shot had been fired by the Lady Eagles that they are a serious contender in this tournament.
Warren County and White County were co-champions of the regular season with identical 7-1 records.
Warren County fans probably expected an easy win over Rhea County after the Lady Pioneers beat the Lady Eagles twice this season, 10-0 and 11-3. But Rhea County’s pitcher confounded Lady Pioneer batters, who struggled at the plate. Warren County had only seen Rhea County’s pitcher in relief during the regular season, not as a starting pitcher.
Rhea County scored its lone run on a big hit that travelled right on the foul line down third base into left field. The hit scored a Lady Eagle who had reached base on a double deep to center field.
Other than those two big hits by Rhea County, the game was very even. Both teams played well defensively. Take away those two hits, and the Lady Pioneers won the pitching duel. Madison Hollis had 8 strikeouts and Warren County actually out-hit Rhea County, 4-3.
The loss put the Lady Pioneers in the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament.
After the game, WCHS coach Gooby Martin shared what happens next, “We have to take care of business tomorrow (Thursday night). Our goals are still attainable. We have to beat White County, and then beat Rhea County twice. It is something that we can do. We didn’t swing the bats well enough tonight. Madison pitched a great game. The defense played well. It is a game of inches. That hit went right down the foul line. They scored one run. We got beat 1-0. I have faith in the girls. They will be ready to play tomorrow. We just didn’t get the breaks today.”
LADY PIONEER HITTERS
Four Lady Pioneers had a single hit each, Rhealee Johnson, Madison Hollis, Aleya Esparza and Alyssa Mosley.
LADY PIONEER PITCHER
Madison Hollis went the distance for the second night in a row for the Lady Pioneers. Hollis fired 8 strikeouts and gave up 3 hits and 1 run.
The Lady Pioneers were 16-6 for the season after the loss to Rhea County. Warren County faced White County on Thursday night as the Southern Standard was going to print. It is a game the Lady Pioneers had to win to keep their season alive.
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