It didn’t take long for the Warren County Middle School softball team to bounce back from its first loss.
The Lady Pioneers got a dominating performance from Lindsey Cox in the circle and a team effort at the plate to dispatch Franklin North Middle School 8-1 Thursday night at Warren County High School.
Coach Gooby Martin’s team began the season by winning its first three games, but dropped a 9-0 decision to Coffee County early in the week.
The Lady Pioneers took out their frustration on Franklin North following the season’s first loss. Warren County opened the game with five consecutive hits, setting the tone for a big offensive night.
Following Franklin North’s lone run in the first inning, the Lady Pioneers picked up the bats and went to work. Liza Harvey, Livia Walker, Madison Mason, Rylee Hilliard and Abby Hutchins all had singles to put Warren County up 3-1.
It was all the run support Cox would need, as she proceeded to shut down Franklin North in the final four innings. Cox pitched a complete game, striking out seven and allowing five hits.
The Lady Pioneers continued the offensive onslaught in the second inning when Harvey came up with a RBI triple to score Bailey Martin, who had opened the inning with a single. Harvey would come around to score on a RBI groundout by Walker to make it 5-1.
Maya Denning added a two-out RBI single in the third to give Warren County a five-run lead. Hutchins would cap off the scoring with a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth to give the Lady Pioneers an 8-1 win.
Hutchins finished with two hits and three RBIs to lead Warren County, while Harvey chipped in two hits and a RBI.
Coach Martin was supremely pleased with his team Thursday night, as they came out and dominated from the very beginning.
“It was a good all-around game for the girls both offensively and defensively,” said Martin. “I'm proud of the way they played from start to finish.”
The Lady Pioneers didn’t have the same magic on Friday night when they traveled to Shelbyville. Warren County lost a 13-12 slugfest to Shelbyville Harris Middle School.
The Lady Pioneers returned to action yesterday at Warren County High School to play host to Coffee County. Warren County was looking to avenge a 9-0 loss to the Lady Raiders earlier in the week but were defeated 2-0.
Warren County will play its next game on Saturday, April 16 when it plays host to Tullahoma. The game at Warren County High School will begin at 1 p.m.