After taking an early tournament 1-game lead, the WCMS Lady Pioneers faced their Achilles’ heel, Coffee County, and fell for third time this year, 5-2, in round 2 of the CTC Tournament on Saturday.
The end result was Warren County lost twice on Saturday, to Coffee County and Harris, to end their tournament run.
Looking to get in front of their 1-1 start, things were looking good in game 3 against Harris, but a disputed call on the winning run ended the Lady Pioneers tournament bid, 2-1.
“There were three horrible calls, but we should not have been in the situation we were in anyway,” said WCMS Lady Pioneer head coach Marc Pyburn. “We only had 1 hit through 4 innings, and that is not going to win many games. We gave ourselves a chance to win in the end, but the umpires blew the call and our season was over. You learn a lot in victories, but you learn more in defeat, so I hope this was a learning experience for the players, parents and coaches. I am super excited about next year with the girls we have coming back.”
The Lady Red Raiders started scoring in the top of the first in game 1, batting in 1 run before the Lady Pioneers retired the side and scored their own run in the first. Coffee went on to score 1 run in the second and third innings, 3-1, and 2 runs in the fourth, 5-1.
The Lady Pioneers didn’t score again until the top of the fifth, but could only garner 1 run before the Lady Wildcats retired them early with a double play and a strikeout.
In game 2, the Lady Golden Eagles stayed knotted with the Lady Pioneers until the ill-fated score in the fifth inning gave the game to Harris.