It didn’t matter what Franklin County team the Warren County Middle School softball team faced, the Lady Pioneers were coming away with a win.
The Lady Pioneers completed a two-game sweep of Franklin South and Franklin North this week, beating South on Tuesday 9-4 and following it up with 10-3 win over Franklin North Wednesday.
Warren County (6-3) has been formidable this season when two things fall in place, pitchers throwing strikes and players swinging the bat.
Coach Gooby Martin got his team to do both things twice this week, as Sarah Knowles and Lindsey Cox threw well in the circle and the offense produced 19 runs.
Knowles pitched a complete game against Franklin South, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out one. Coach Martin praised his eighth-grade pitcher for challenging the Franklin South hitters.
“It was a great effort by Sarah throwing strikes and letting the defense make plays behind her,” said Martin.
Keely Jacobs sparked an offense which greatly benefited from Franklin South pitching having trouble finding the mitt. The Lady Pioneers drew seven walks and had three batters hit by pitches.
Jacobs finished with two hits and three RBIs, while Madison Mason and Bailey Martin each added RBI singles.
In Wednesday’s contest, Warren County jumped out early and never looked back. Rylee Hilliard knocked in two runs with a single in the first inning to help the Lady Pioneers build a 3-0 lead. The lead swelled to five when Liza Harvey drove in two runs with a single in the top of the third.
It was all Cox would need, as she allowed only three hits to the Franklin North hitters. North did put three runs across the plates, but Cox was able to battle for her third victory.
Bailey Walker finished with two RBIs in the final two innings, while Mason and Jacobs also had RBI hits in the fifth inning.
Coach Martin was pleased with the production of his offense, which bodes well as the team closes in on the Central Tennessee Conference tournament.
“Offensively we swung the bats well against North. We just need to keep this momentum going forward and finish the season strong,” said Martin.
The Lady Pioneers traveled to DeKalb County last night for a game against the Lady Saints. Results were unavailable at press time.
Warren County will honor its eighth graders today during a doubleheader at Warren County High School softball field. The Lady Pioneers will play two games against White County, with the first beginning at 5 p.m.
Warren County wraps up its regular season tomorrow with a noon game against Tullahoma. The game will be played at Warren County High School softball field.