I love the way Sadie, Madison, Rhealee and Ashton are throwing strikes and competing.WCHS coach Gooby Martin
Gooby Martin doesn’t have to worry about his offense much anymore. All the Lady Pioneers need lately is one run.
Warren County extended its shutout streak to 21 innings Thursday, beating DeKalb County 6-0 for its third straight win.
It didn’t matter which starter Martin called on in his rotation last week. Sophomore Sadie Simmons was the third different Lady Pioneer pitcher to go the distance without surrendering a run, holding the Lady Tigers to just five hits for her first win.
“Sadie pitched great. She worked ahead in the count and the defense played great behind her,” said Martin. “It was a great team win. We finally had some timely hits.
“I love the way Sadie, Madison (Hollis), Rhealee (Johnson) and Ashton (Whiles) are throwing strikes and competing. We need that effort in the circle all year.”
Whiles and Hollis started the shutout streak, earning wins against Ravenwood and White County, respectively. Simmons continued the run with ease.
The Lady Tigers had only two runners reach scoring position. Kenzie France doubled in the fourth and seventh innings to provide the majority of her team’s offense.
Even when DeKalb County was able to get a runner on, Warren County usually answered with a defensive play. The Lady Pioneers turned two inning-ending double plays, those coming in the first and fifth innings.
Simmons never entered the circle without the lead. Johnson spotted the Lady Pioneers an advantage in the first, drilling an RBI double after an Emily Mikkola double.
Hailey Wood continued her hot streak with a two-run triple in the second, scoring Calyn Damon and Grace Rains.
By a time a misplayed ball in centerfield plated two more runs in the third, Warren County led 5-0.
Hollis wrapped up the scoring in the fourth with a sacrifice fly.
Damon and Mikkola led the offense with two hits apiece, while Wood finished with a team-high two RBIs.
Warren County will put its streak to the test Sunday when it travels to Coffee County for a make-up game. Action is set to start at 2:30 p.m.