It didn’t take long for the WCMS softball team to rebound from a shaky outing Friday night.
The Lady Pioneers were back in form on Monday, using a six-run third inning and a complete game pitching from Ceilee Gudat to knock off Coffee County, 8-4, at WCHS.
WCMS piled up 9 hits, with Makenzie Hullet and Callie Roberts leading the offensive charge with 2 hits each.
“We challenged the girls to respond with more aggressive at bats and better adjustments during their at bat after being embarrassed at home Friday,” said WCMS coach Joe Damon. “We challenged our pitchers to make small adjustments and find the strike zone.”
Gudat was one of the big storylines, pitching like a champ with sizzling control. She struck out 7, while allowing 5 hits, 2 walks, and 1 earned run over five innings.
Callie Roberts got the scoring started in the bottom of the first when she smashed an RBI double to center to score Maddox Adams and put the Lady Pioneers up, 1-0.
Coffee County would tie the game, 1-1, in the top of the third before WCMS claimed control in the bottom of the third with 6 runs.
Singles from Maggy Whiles, Gudat, and Hullet ignited the offense and a fielder’s choice hit by Lily Rains also scored a run as Warren County forged ahead, 7-1.
The win improved WCMS to 3-1 in the young season. The Lady Pioneers went 2-1-1 in the Cougar Tournament on Saturday but those results don’t count toward the team’s record.
“Saturday the team responded well against really good competition and came out throwing strikes and hitting much more aggressively,” said Damon. “That carried over to Monday night when we had a strong Coffee County team at home. When we play more confident and aggressive, we put all the pressure on the other teams and are able to play loose. With the majority of this team seeing varsity time for the first time this year, we are still making adjustments and changes as we go and the girls are working hard and responding well.”
WCMS hits vs. COFEE COUNTY:
Callie Roberts 2, Makenzie Hullet 2, Ky Damon 1, Maddox Adams 1, Maggy Whiles 1, Kyaira Sharpe 1, Ceilee Gudat 1.