WCMS Lady Pioneers beat Stewarts Creek, 6-5, Tuesday night at the WCHS softball field in the first of two play-in games to enter the state tournament.
WCMS head coach Joe Damon said Stewarts Creek was a competitive team but on a very similar competitive level with Coffee County and Tullahoma, who the Lady Pioneers faced this season. This is the first year of the TMSAA state tournament, and the Warren County Middle School Lady Pioneers are in the final 16 teams in the state. There is one more play-in game to reach the state tournament.
Warren County Middle School is representing its conference in the state playoffs because the school is a member of the TMSAA. Coffee County and Tullahoma are not members of the TMSAA, which is the middle school association of the TSSAA for high schools.
Coach Damon said, “Thursday night we have another play-in game for the state tournament. It is the last game to get to the final eight teams in the state tournament. We got a field full of a lot of girls with a lot of grit. They made plays when they had to. We made some mistakes. We hit the ball pretty well. We outhit those mistakes, and we came away with a one-run win.”
LADY PIONEER HITTERS
C.J. Roberts 2, Ky Damon 1, Maddox Adams 1, Maggie Whiles 1, Lily Rains 1, Ceilee Gudat 1, Kyaria Sharpe 1, and Makenzie Hullet 1. Producing RBIs were Maddox Adams 1, Lily Rains 1, Ceilee Gudat 1, Kyaria Sharpe 1 and Alexia Ross 1.
LADY PIONEER PITCHER
Ceilee Gudat went start to finish for seven innings with 2 strikeouts and gave up 7 hits and 2 earned runs.
The win over Stewarts Creek gave the Lady Pioneers a 15-6 season record. They played at Mt. Juliet on Thursday night for the right to enter the state tournament.
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