Softball gets back in win column
by Sparta Live | April 22, 2013 12:00 am
The Warriorette softball team extended their string of losses to 15 games, but then snapped that with three wins in the Duff Invitational in Cookeville over the weekend.
WCHS finished fifth in the tournament despite dropping their first game of the tournament in pool play.
The Warriorette softball team has been very busy of late having played seven games in four days.
They began that stretch by hosting a pair of District 6AAA games on Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday’s game was a make-up game against Cumberland County. The Lady Jets scored three runs in the top of the seventh to steal the 4-2 win from the Warriorettes.
WCHS scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second. Alyssa Flatt walked. Her pinch runner, Sarah Wilson, went to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a Madison Gardenhire single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Erica Smiley.
That 1-0 lead would hold until the fifth when Crossville scored. The lead off batter doubled, was sacrificed to third and scored on a ground ball.
The Warriorettes took the lead back with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Flatt doubled with two outs and scored on a Kelsey Roberts single.
Cumberland began the seventh with a single and the runner advanced on an error in the outfield. The next batter doubled driving in the tying run. An error plated the winning run. Another single drove in another run making the score 4-2.
The Warriorettes went down in order in their half of the seventh ending the game.
Kelsey Roberts pitched all seven innings allowing four runs on four hits. Three of those four hits came in the seventh inning.
Roberts led her team at the plate with a pair of singles. Flatt had a double while Kaitlin Heath and Gardenhire each had one single.
On Thursday, Coffee County came to town and defeated the Warriorettes 11-0. Coffee County has won four consecutive district championships.
They took the lead with a run in the opt of the first. Madison Gardenhire, who got the start, walked the lead off batter. A bunt moved the runner all the way to third and then an throwing error allowed her to score.
They put three runs on the board in the third off Kelsey Roberts, who came on in relief. They had three hits in the inning including a lead off home run.
WCHS went down in order in the first three innings.
Coffee stretched their lead to 8-0 with four runs off just two hits in the top of the fourth. An error started the inning. There would be another error in the inning as well.
WCHS broke up the perfect game in the bottom of the fourth when Baylee Bain led off with an infield single., but was left stranded.
Coffee County added three runs in the fifth increasing their advantage to 11-0. Roberts and Gardenhire both had hits in the fifth, but were left stranded as Coffee took the mercy rule 11-0 win.
WCHS had three hits in the game.
Gardenhire worked 1 2/3 innings allowing one run on no hits, but she walked three batters. Roberts worked 3 1/3 innings. She allowed 10 runs on nine hits. She struck out two and walked one.
The losing streak continued on Friday when WCHS suffered a 4-3 loss to Cookeville’s junior varsity team. Roberts pitched six innings allowing four runs on two hits, but there were three WCHS errors in the game. She struck out one and walked one. Roberts, along with Gardenhire and Erica Smiley, had one hit in the game.
The Warriorettes snapped their 12-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over Jackson County later on Friday. That win actually started a three game win streak.
Baylee Bain led the Warriorettes at the plate going 2 for 2. Also getting hits were Flatt, Mattie Dalton, Gardenhire and Smiley.
Gardenhire got the start pitching. She and Roberts combined for the no hitter. Gardenhire worked 2 2/3 innings giving up no runs. She struck out four and walked six. Roberts came on and worked the 1 1/3 innings. She struck out two and walked one.
On Saturday morning, WCHS defeated Pigeon Forge 6-3. Both Gardenhire and Roberts pitched in this game as well. Gardenhire worked 1 2/3 innings allowing three runs on one hit. She walked three. Roberts worked 2 1/3 innings allowing no runs on one hit. She struck out two and walked two.
Pigeon Forge led 3-2 when WCHS scored four runs in the fourth inning. Madison Gray and Kaitlyn Heath each had two hits in the contest. Bain, Gardenhire, Smiley and Savannah Bolin added one hit each.
The Warriorettes followed that with a 4-3 win over White House with the international tiebreaker.
The two teams were tied at two after seven innings of play. White House was able to move their runner around the bass for the lead of the top of the eighth.
In the bottom of the inning, Madison Gray began on base. A Heath single and a pair of errors plated both Gray and Heath and gave the Warriorettes their third straight victory.
Heath went three for four at the plate in the game. Roberts added two hits. Gardenhire and Bolin had one hit each.
Gardenhire again got the patching start, but worked just one inning. She walked one batter, but did not give up a hit or a run. Roberts got the win working seven innings. She allowed three runs on five hits while striking out six and walking one.
Huntingdon ousted the Warriorettes from the tournament with a 15-0 loss.
WCHS, who is now 7-20 overall, travels to Cookeville Monday to take on the Cavaliers in District 6AAA action. The Warriorettes are 0-5 in the district while the Lady Cavaliers are 3-1. Monday’s game is set for a 6:30 p.m. start. WCHS travels to Warren County Tuesday for another district contest.