It wasn’t the best outing for the Lady Pioneers, but it still resulted in a victory.
The Warren County Middle School team improved to 11-2 Monday, beating visiting Tullahoma 7-2 for its fifth Central Tennessee Conference victory.
“There were a couple mistakes defensively which allowed them to score,” said coach Joe Damon. “We were not disciplined at the plate and did not make adjustments needed to hit like we are capable. Hopefully we will correct that and hit like we should.”
Being the reigning CTC champions has set the level of expectations high for the Lady Pioneers. Monday’s matchup tested the team’s resolve, especially when the team allowed a pair of early runs on miscues.
Tullahoma’s first two batters reached base, one coming on a walk and second courtesy of an error. The Lady Wildcats made Warren County pay for the free passes with a two-run single.
Cadi Todd helped sliced the lead in half in the bottom of the inning, reaching on a lead-off single and eventually scoring on a passed ball.
Warren County took the lead in the third, using a pair of well-placed bunts to plate two runs. Bella Bain, who earned the victory in the circle, helped her cause with a squeeze to bring in Todd. Alyssa Mosley used the same method, laying down a bunt down the first-base line that allowed Jessie Young to slide in safely.
The Lady Pioneers took advantage of Tullahoma mistakes in the fourth to extend their lead. Jazz Ward doubled following a walk to put two runners in scoring position, each of which would score on passed balls.
Maggy Whiles took home to make it 4-2, then Ward swiped home on the next pitch – a dropped third strike that allowed Todd to reach base.
Todd quickly moved into scoring position, stealing second and third during Young’s at-bat. Young made the final 60 feet easy for Todd, drilling an RBI single into right field.
Two more passed balls moved Young to third. She scored the game’s final run on a groundout by Bain.
Bain pitched three-plus innings to earn the win. Kora Forbes pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in relief in the fourth, then sit Tullahoma down in order in the fifth.