Softball gets mercy rule win over Lady Cavs
By Sparta Live | March 28, 2012 12:00 am
It’s always a big momentum boost to open league play with a win.
It’s even better when that win comes over a team’s biggest rival at their place and is a mercy rule victory.
That’s exactly what the White County High School softball team got Monday when they opened District 6AAA play at Cookeville.
The Warriorettes defeated their archrivals, the Lady Cavaliers, 10-0 in five innings. However, that momentum did not serve them well in their second league outing.
Two time District 6AAA champion, Coffee County, came to Sparta Tuesday and handed the Warriorettes a 9-1 loss evening their district worksheet at 1-1.
Monday’s outing was all about manufacturing runs, playing stellar defense and putting it all together for a big win.
The Warriorette defense, not only didn’t make any errors, but made big plays to hold Cookeville scoreless. Couple that with a solid pitching performance by Kristen Abell on the pitching rubber and execution with the bat and the Warriorettes started district play off with a win.
Coach Jason Wyatt commented on his team’s play, “Tonight’s win was the culmination of a lot of long days on the practice field and the repetition of fundamentals. We had outstanding individual efforts from several players. Morgan Voyles was all over the outfield. Kristen Abell pitched an extremely tough game. Doing the little things right was the backbone though. Mollie Abell made a perfect slide that was the difference in scoring a run or being out of an inning. Several players laid down perfect bunts every time they were asked. Maybe most important, our defense was flawless. The job now will be duplicating the effort over and over, game in and game out.”
Kristen Abell worked all five innings pitching the shutout. She scattered six hits while striking out two and issued one walk.
The Warriorettes took the lead in the top half of the first. Voyles walked, went to third on a single by Kristen Abell and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mollie Abell.
One of Cookeville’s six hits in the game came when the lead off batter singled, but was gunned down by Voyles from the outfield trying to stretch the hit into a double. Abell faced only three batters in the first.
WCHS busted the game wide open in their half of the second plating seven runs.
Lacey Clark led the inning off with a base hit. Kaitlyn Heath followed with a bunt single. Both Clark and Heath led the team at the plate going two for three for the game.
Holland sacrificed both runners up a base. Clark came home on an RBI single by Kelsey Roberts. Voyles reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Heath. After a bunt by Baylee Bain moved the runners up to second and third, the Cavaliers opted to intentionally walk Kristen Abell loading the bases for the eldest of the Abell sisters. Mollie coaxed a walk plating a run. With the bases still loaded, Amber Hudgens stepped to the plate and ripped a base clearing double. Mollie Abell slid home avoiding the tag. Clark reached on an error on the catcher on her bunt that brought Hudgens all the way home for the 8-0 lead after just two innings.
Abell gave up singles in each of the second, third and fourth innings, but those runners were left stranded. That included Voyles going back to the fence and robbing a Cookeville hitter of a possible home run.
The lead remained 8-0 going into the fifth inning. WCHS would added two more to complete the mercy rule necessary 10 run advantage.
Clark led off with another bunt single. Heath joined her on base with a single. Holland followed with another bunt single loaded the bases for Roberts, who got he RBI when she was hit by a pitch. Heath scored on a sac fly by Voyles.
Abell got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the fifth securing the mercy rule win. She retired the first two batters, but the third singled keeping Cookeville’s hopes alive. A walk and another single loaded the bases. Abell got the next batter to pop up to Hudgens at third securing the win.
The Warriorettes got 10 hits in the game. Clark and Heath had two each. Voyles, both Abell’s, Hudgens, Holland Roberts logged one hit each.
Things didn’t go as well for WCHS on Tuesday at home. After playing a flawless defensive game on Monday, the Warriorettes committed six errors against the Lady Raiders. Coffee County took advantage scoring six unearned runs in the contest on the way to the 9-1 win.
Coffee jumped to the 2-0 lead after their half of the first inning. Both runs were unearned as the defense committed two errors on bunts.
The lead off batter walked, stole second and went to third on a sacrifice. Back to back bunts resulted in back to back errors scoring two runs.
WCHS was able to get one of those runs back in the bottom of the first. Baylee Bain singled, went to second on passed ball, stole third and scored on an infield single by Mollie Abell.
That would be the lone Warriorette run of the game. Three of the remaining innings, the Warriorettes went three up and three down.
They did threaten in the fourth. Kristen Abell singled to start the inning. Amber Hodges coined her on base with a one-out single. Heath took a walk loading the bases with two outs, but a pop up left all three stranded.
The Warriorettes left two stranded in the bottom of the seventh. Kelsey Roberts singled with two outs. Voyles reached on an infield single, but a ground ball ended the game.
WCHS left seven runners stranded in the game.
Coffee County increased their lead to 4-1 with a pair of runs in the top of the third. Back to back singles and an error scored one run and put another runners at third with no outs. She scored from there on a ground ball.
They added two more in the fourth. A walk and an infield single followed by an error on another bunt loaded the bases. An outfield error plated two runs making the score 6-1.
The Lady Raiders led the fifth off with back-to-back singles. A bunt and a ground ball plated the run running the lead to 7-1.
The visitors added two more runs in the sixth. Kelsey Roberts came on to pitch and gave up back-to-back hits plating the first run. The second scored on a two-out single.
Abell worked five innings allowing seven runs, only one of which was earned. She allowed five hits and walked four. Roberts pitched two innings of relief allowing two runs on three hits while striking out one.
The Warriorettes had six hits and six errors in the game. They left seven runners stranded during the course of the game.
Six different players had one hit each. Those were Bain, Mollie Abell, Kristen Abell, Roberts, Voyles and Hudgens.
The Warriorettes are now 4-8 overall and stand at 1-1 in District 6AAA play. They will be in action this weekend at a tournament hosted by Macon County, but is being played at Cane Creek in Cookeville.
WCHS is in Pool C of the Gold Division and will play on Field 2. They will take on O’Fallon, Illinois at 7 p.m. Friday followed by an 8:30 p.m. game against Farragut. Their final pool play game will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. against Lewis County.