The Warren County Middle School Lady Pioneers celebrated eighth-grade night Wednesday followed by a matchup with North Franklin.
Despite the buoyed spirts following the awards ceremony before the game, and a late-game rally, the Lady Pioneers failed to catch the Lady Gators, falling 8-6.
“We didn’t play well,” said WCMS head coach Marc Pyburn.
The Lady Pioneers lost the game and will definitely have some big shoes to fill as, more importantly, they have seven eighth-graders moving on to Warren County High School next year all key to the success of the ball club, now 15-5 overall and 8-4 in the conference.
“This is a talented group of eighth-graders, a few who have the potential to help the high school team early in their softball careers,” Pyburn said. “They were very instrumental in our successes the last two years, and I am hoping they can lead us to consecutive championships. They each have unique and distinctive personalities, and we will miss each and every one of them.”
Honored before the celebration were Sadie Simmons, daughter of Jon and Karyn Simmons, Taylor Swan, daughter of Tonya and Stevie Swan, Rhealee Johnson, daughter of Kelly and Erica Johnson, Kaydee Rains, daughter of Tonya and Johnny Rains, Elia Atterson, daughter of Keri and Joel Womack, Samantha Jennings, daughter of Tim and Debbie Jennings, and Kadence Ledbetter, daughter of Melanie and Frank Bell, all key to the Lady Pioneers overall success this year.
The WCMS Lady Pioneers remembered some of their favorite moments playing softball.
Completing the sentence: My favorite memory as a member of the softball team:
“Is when we all sing at the top of our lungs, beat the drum sticks as hard as we could and laugh until we cry.”
– Kadence Ledbetter
“Winning the championship last year.”
– Sadie Simmons
“Kaydee’s diving catch at Sparta.”
– Taylor Swan
“The laughter and the smiles we’ve all shared this season. Great coaches and team wins!”
– Rhealee Johnson
“All the fun times in the dugout.”
– Kaydee Rains
“Kaydee’s diving skills and winning the championship last year.”
– Elia Atterson
“Jon Simmons' commentary after every single pitch.”
– Samantha Jennings