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WCMS picks up pair of wins
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There’s an old saying that if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.Well, the Warren County Middle School softball team wants to be the best in the Central Tennessee Conference and the Lady Pioneers proved it Saturday with an 8-4 victory over Coffee County.Warren County (4-2) followed it up Monday night by going to Franklin North Middle School and winning 4-3 in extra innings.Saturday’s showdown at Warren County High School softball field was what the Lady Pioneers had been looking forward to since the start of the season.Coffee County came in as a favorite to win the CTC, but the Lady Pioneers had something to say about who was the real favorite.Behind a three-hitter by Lindsey Cox, the Lady Pioneers won going away to improve their CTC record to 2-1, a mark that went to 3-1 two days later.Cox didn’t allow a hit until the final inning, when Warren County had already built a six-run lead.Even with Coffee County putting two runs on the board with three hits, the Lady Pioneers still walked away with their first signature win of the season.Coffee County drew first blood, scoring a run in the top of the first. Warren County quickly bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.Cox led off with a walk, then Ty Ramirez followed with a walk of her own. After a fly out by Madison Mason, Emily Webb got the scoring started with an RBI single.Lorren Cannon and Abby Hutchins then reached base, loading the bases for Bailey Walker.Warren County caught a break when Coffee County made a big blunder, giving the Lady Pioneers two runs on an errant throw.The Lady Pioneers added to their lead in the third with a run-scoring sacrifice bunt by Livia Walker.Warren County put the icing on the cake in the fourth by plating four runs, all with two outs.Cannon drew a bases-loaded walk for the first run, then Hutchins reached on an error that brought in Cox.Livia Walker added the insurance with a two-run single to put Warren County up 8-2 entering the final inning.Cox finished the game for her second win this season, but the victory total kept growing on the road Monday.Cox pitched all six innings against Franklin North, earning another victory as the Lady Pioneers won in extra innings.Warren County scored three runs in the fourth to tie as Cox helped herself with a two-run single and Emma Holmes added an RBI hit of her own.It was Holmes who would come through with the game winner in the top of the sixth.After Livia Walker started the inning with a double to the center-field fence, then swiped third on a passed ball, Holmes got the game-winning hit to right field.Cox closed the door in the bottom of the sixth, giving the Lady Pioneers a leg up in the race to the CTC title.Warren County will take the rest of the week off before returning to action Thursday, April 5, with a road game at White County.