Warriorettes finish their season going 2-2 in the district

By | May 15, 2017 6:00 am

Last Updated: May 14, 2017 at 3:27 pm

Megan Anderson drives a ball this past week. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School Warriorettes’ softball team finished their season, on May 11, in the district tournament. The Warriorettes fell to Rhea County in the loser’s bracket quarterfinals 11-4 in their fourth game in four days. The Warriorettes got to that point after winning their first game over Cumberland County 3-1 after scoring three runs in the seventh inning. In the winner’s bracket semifinals, the Warriorettes fell to Warren County in a back-and-forth affair 7-5. The Warriorettes would then win their first game in the loser’s bracket vs. Stone Memorial 6-1 and fall then fall to Rhea.

In the opening round of the district tournament, The Warriorettes took the lead late and defeated Cumberland County 3-1, on May 8.

The Warriorettes were down 1-0 in the top of the seventh inning with two outs and the bases loaded when Deandra Luna took a 2-1 pitch and doubled to left field scoring Macayla Rogan, Jessie Green, and Paige Parker to give the Warriorettes the 3-1 lead.

Cumberland County didn’t go down without a fight, though, when they also loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Maggie Savage was able to induce a ground ball and fly ball to end the game and send the Warriorettes into the next round.

Savage earned the win for the Warriorettes. She went seven innings, allowing one run, seven hits, striking out five, and walking zero.

Rogan, Luna and Anderson all had one hit to lead the Warriorettes.

On May 9, The Warriorettes and Warren County both had their opportunities, but it was Warren County that would eventually prevail in a 7-5 loss for the Warriorettes.

The Warriorettes would strike first scoring two runs in the top of the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Luna got things rolling for the Warriorettes when she hit a double to right field. Dani Auberger would then double to left field scoring Luna and giving the Warriorettes the 1-0 lead. Savage would then come up and hit a ground ball and reach on an error by Warren County second baseman scoring Auberger and giving the Warriorettes the early 2-0 lead.

Warren County would take the lead when they scored a run in the third inning and three runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead.

The Warriorettes would answer when they scored three runs of their own in the top of the fifth inning to take a 5-4 lead.

Parker got things going for the Warriorettes when she tripled to right field. Luna would then hit a ground ball to the shortstop but reach putting runners on the corners, setting the stage for Megan Anderson. Anderson would take the first pitch she saw and triple to center field, scoring Parker and Luna and tie the game up 4-4. Anderson would then score when Auberger grounded out to shortstop to give the Warriorettes the 5-4 lead.

But Warren County would strike for three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and win by a final score of 7-5 and send the Warriorettes into the loser’s bracket.

Savage took the loss for the Warriorettes. She went six innings, giving up seven runs, 10 hits, striking out six and walking one.

The Warriorettes finished the game with seven hits. Parker and Green each collected multiple hits for the Warriorettes. Auberger and Anderson each drove in two runs to lead the Warriorettes.

On May 10, the Warriorettes weren’t ready to end their season just yet and used a big third inning to defeat Stone Memorial 6-1 and move into the next round of the tournament.

Neither team could get much going for the first two-and-a-half innings, but in the bottom of the third inning, the Warriorettes struck for four runs to take a 4-0 lead.

Gracie Villard got things going for the Warriorettes when she walked to start the inning. She would then advance to second base on a wild pitch. Parker would then hit a one-out triple to right field scoring Villard and giving the Warriorettes the early 1-0 lead. Parker would score on a wild pitch to put the Warriorettes up 2-0. Luna would then walk. She would steal second base and advance to third base on a wild pitch and be brought in on a single by Anderson. Anderson singled to right field, and the right fielder miss played the ball, letting Anderson advance all the way to third base, and then the second baseman would throw the ball past the third baseman allowing Anderson to scamper home to put the Warriorettes up 4-0.

The Warriorettes would strike for two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Megan Wilson got things going with a single. Parker would then single to right field advancing Wilson all the way to third putting runners on first and third with nobody out. Luna would drive in Wilson when she single to left field putting the Warriorettes up 5-0, but Parker would be called out when she ran out of the baseline when she got in a pickle in between third and home, but Luna would advance to second on the throw. Anderson was the next Warriorettes’ hitter, and she would single up the middle advancing Luna to third base who would come into score on a wild pitch in the next at-bat, putting the Warriorettes up 6-0.

Stone Memorial would strike for one run in the top of the seventh inning, but that’s all the damage they could do as the Warriorettes would pull out the victory by a final score of 6-1 and move on to the next round of the tournament.

Savage earned the win for the Warriorettes. She threw seven innings, surrendering one run, five hits, striking out four, and walking zero.

The Warriorettes finished the game with six hits. Parker and Anderson each collected multiple hits for the Warriorettes. Luna, Anderson and Parker each drove in one run to lead the Warriorettes.

On May 11, with the Warriorettes playing their fourth game in four days, the Warriorettes fell to Rhea County 11-4 ending their season. The game was tight for most of the game, but Rhea County would pull out the victory.

The Warriorettes lost despite out-hitting Rhea County 12 to 9.

The Warriorettes took an early lead in the first inning. The Warriorettes scored one run when Auberger singled with two outs scoring Parker to give the Warriorettes the early 1-0 lead.

Rhea County would answer in the bottom of the second inning, scoring a run to tie the game up at 1-1.

The Warriorettes would answer, though, and take the lead in the top of the third inning when they scored two runs to take a 3-1 lead. Parker got things going for the Warriorettes with a single to right field. Luna would then come up and single, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Anderson would then score Parker on a single to left field giving the Warriorettes the lead at 2-1. The Warriorettes would strike for one more run when Auberger hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Luna and extending the Warriorettes lead to 3-1.

But Rhea County would answer with one run in the bottom of the third, five runs in the fourth, and two runs in the fifth inning and sixth innings.

The Warriorettes would strike for one more run at the top of the seventh inning when Auberger scored on a Green single to cut Rhea County’s lead to 11-4, but that’s all the damage the Warriorettes could do as they fell 11-4 and ended their season.

Savage took the loss for the Warriorettes. She threw six innings, giving up 11 runs, nine hits while striking out five.

The Warriorettes finished the game with 12 hits. Luna, Anderson, Savage, Parker and Rogan all had two hits to lead the Warriorettes.

The Warriorettes finished their 2017 campaign with an overall record of 15-11-1. The Warriorettes graduate four seniors off the 2017 squad. Finishing out their careers for WCHS were Deandra Luna, Maggie Savage, Megan Wilson and Gracie Villard.

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