The Lady Pioneer softball team from Warren County Middle School is riding a wave of momentum after its successful playday on Saturday. The Lady Pioneers won 5-of-6 games with the sixth game ending in a 2-2 tie. The Lady Pioneers outscored their opponents 61-14 over the six games.
WCMS continued its offensive assault Monday against the Lady Eagles of Harris Middle School. The Lady Pioneers led 6-1 through four innings and then the WCMS bats got hot in the fifth. The Lady Pioneers exploded for nine runs and grounded the Lady Eagles, 15-1.
Sadie Simmons got the win for WCMS and she led her Lady Pioneers with four strikeouts and four walks. Simmons and the WCMS defense played solid and only gave up five hits versus Harris.
The Lady Pioneers stepped up to the plate in the top of the fifth with a 6-1 lead over the Lady Eagles. Samantha Jennings was up to lead off the inning and on her second pitch she sent a line-drive shot out to deep right-centerfield for a double.
After the first out of the inning was recorded on a fielder’s choice, WCMS sent a barrage of singles to all parts of the outfield. When Rhealee Johnson crossed the plate, WCMS led 8-1.
With only one out and runners on first and second, Lady Pioneer Taylor Swann caught the Harris defense off guard. Swann laid down the perfect bunt and reached first base.
The bases were full again for Jayden Smartt. She ran the count to 2-and-1 and jumped on a sweet pitch right over the plate. She sent a rocket through the defense into left-centerfield for a double and runs crossed the plate. WCMS extended its lead to 10-1 with one out and two on.
Elia Atterson singled and WCMS had runners on first and third with one out.
Calyn Damon stepped to the plate and ripped a shot into deep left field. It was hit well enough Damon made it safely to second base for a double. Two more Lady Pioneer runs crossed the plate and Harris trailed 12-1.
Out number two was recorded with runners on second and third. With two balls and no strikes, MaKenna Mason ripped a pitch to left field and Swann crossed the plate for a 13-1 lead.
The Lady Pioneers blasted back-to-back shots right up the middle and cleared the bases. WCMS took a commanding 15-1 lead over the Lady Eagles.
Harris needed a strong inning to keep the game going. Simmons picked up a big strikeout after the Lady Eagle batter took the count full. The only highlight for Harris in the bottom of the fifth was a single by Kailyn Farrell.
It was all Lady Pioneers and they finished off the Lady Eagles in five by a final score of 15-1. WCMS set the tone early when Jennings went yard in the first inning with two outs. The Lady Pioneers posted two more runs in the second and in the fourth Elia Atterson sent a pitch out over the centerfield fence.
The WCMS game scheduled for Tuesday was canceled due to weather and was rescheduled for Friday at 5 p.m.