The Warren Middle School Lady Pioneer softball team won in dominating fashion yet again, defeating the Franklin South Middle School Lady Trojans 10-0 on Tuesday.
It was the Lady Pioneers second win in as many nights against the Lady Trojans, who just didn’t have an answer for the Lady Pioneers the entire game.
The Lady Pioneers were led by solid games from third baseman Rhealee Johnson, catcher Makenna Mason, first baseman Samantha Jennings and second baseman Marli McBride. Johnson went 2-for-3 with a single, triple and a RBI. As for Jennings, Mason and McBride they each contributed via the long ball as all three hit home runs and went 1-for-2.
Calyn Damon got the win for the Lady Pioneers on the mound by going two innings and striking out four Lady Trojans, improving her record to 2-0 on the season.
The Lady Pioneers wasted no time at the plate in the top of the first inning as Elia Atterson was hit by a pitch, and then Jaden Smartt got the hitting going by smacking a single. Jennings came up next and hit a 3-RBI home run to get the Lady Pioneers on the board, 3-0.
Later in the top half of the first, Mason got on base due to an error that was followed up by an RBI triple from Johnson, scoring Mason to add to the Lady Pioneer lead, 4-0. McBride ended the scoring for the Lady Pioneers in the top of the first with a 2-RBI home run, and the Lady Pioneers had a commanding lead 6-0, going into the bottom of the inning.
The Lady Trojans couldn’t get anything in the run or hit column in the bottom of the inning as Damon retired the side in order, including two strikeouts to keep the Lady Pioneers out front going into the second. The Lady Pioneers added two more runs in the top half of the second, thanks to a two-run home run by Mason to extend the lead to 8-0.
Damon was still dealing for the Lady Pioneers in the bottom half of the inning, as she struck out the side, yet again not allowing the Lady Trojans to gain momentum. Neither team scored in the third and Damon was replaced by Johnson on the mound, to end her excellent outing, keeping the score 8-0 going into the top half of the fourth.
After singles by Jaden Smartt and Jennings to start the fourth, the Lady Pioneers benefited from costly errors by the Lady Trojans to score two more runs, giving them the 10-0 lead. The Lady Trojans needed to score in the bottom of the inning or risk getting run ruled for the second time in as many days. The Lady Trojans had some life after a single in the bottom of the fourth, but Johnson settled down and struck out the final batter for the Lady Trojans to preserve the win for the Lady Pioneers, 10-0.
The Lady Pioneers are now on a two-game winning streak and look to build on the momentum of the win streak, when they get back to league action March 28 on the road in Tullahoma to face the Tullahoma Middle School Lady Wildcats. The Lady Pioneers will also be competing in Duff Middle School tournament this weekend in Cookeville at Cane Creek.