The Warren County Middle School Lady Pioneers traveled to Cane Creek in Cookeville last weekend to play tournament ball against a six-team lineup including Upperman Middle, Avery Trace, Prescott, Overton County and Algood.
After the dust settled, the championship game was down to the Lady Pioneers and Overton County to see who would take home the title.
The Lady Pioneers would be victorious with a 7-3 championship win for the team to bring home to Warren County.
“We really came together as a team,” said WCMS coach Marc Pyburn. “Everyone participated and everyone contributed. Our on-base percentage was around .600. That is truly impressive for a team playing six games in a weekend.”
Warren County jumped ahead in the first inning with runs by Elia Atterson and JuJu Pyburn making it 2-1 after 1 inning. But it was a huge third inning that sealed the deal for the Lady Pioneers as they ran the roster with runs by Atterson, Pyburn, Rhealee Johnson, Savannah Winfree and Danika Reno adding 5 more to the total.
For the tournament, the Lady Pioneers batted 61-for-129 as Atterson hit 11-of-14, Pyburn 4-of-13, Johnson 11-of 15, Samantha Jennings 6-of-13, Sadie Simmons 7-of-14, Reno 7-of-12, Shelby Roberts 7-of-7, Kaydee Rains 4-of-9, and Taylor Swan 1-of-6.
Getting to the championship game, the Lady Pioneers defeated all challengers including:
Summary – A fourth-inning rally where the Lady Pioneers scored 4 runs was critical and was the closest the opponents would come to defeating Warren County.
“Prescott had a lot of mojo and fury players. They were really good,” Pyburn said. “A lot of their girls play A level travel ball. We were down 4-2 and scored 4 runs after they had grabbed the lead. Our girls took a huge step in our development as one unit.”
Avery Trace 0
Summary – The Lady Pioneers used superior talent to start their drive in the first inning and kept going throughout the contest. Defensively, they held Prescott to a no-hitter.
Summary – Another shutout for the Lady Pioneers who began chalking up runs from the top of the lineup while holding Algood to no runs and no hits in the game.