Warriorettes’ softball wins one out of three to open week
By Andy Southard | May 3, 2018 8:06 am
The Warriorette softball team had a busy two-day stretch playing three games in two days.
White County High School opened the stretch with a trip to Cookeville, on Monday, and suffered a 9-0 setback.
They then played at home, on Tuesday, with a pair of games. The Warriorettes lost their first game to Upperman 10-5 but would turn around and take down Cumberland County later that night, picking up a 1-0 win.
Against Cookeville, WCHS fell behind early and couldn’t come back in the 9-0 loss.
Cookeville would jump out to an early 5-0 lead after two innings of play, and the Warriorettes couldn’t respond.
Paige Parker took the loss for the Warriorettes. She went six innings, giving up seven hits, nine runs, but only four earned. She would strike out five and walk two. The Warriorettes were unable to manage a hit in the game.
In the Warriorettes’ first game on Tuesday, they looked good early against Upperman. The Warriorettes led 4-1 heading into the top of the third inning. However, Upperman would score nine runs to the Warriorettes’ one run over the final three innings to pull out the 10-5 win.
The Warriorettes jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the first inning. Jessie Green led off the inning with a single, and then Dani Auberger would move her over on a groundout to put a runner on second with one out. Parker would be up next for the Warriorettes, and she would double to right field scoring Green and tying the game up at 1-1. Macayla Rogan would follow that up with a single on a 1-1 count, scoring Parker and give the Warriorettes a 2-1 lead.
In the second inning, the Warriorettes would tack on two more runs. Hannah Kate Sims would lead off the inning with a single. She would advance to second two pitches later when Sarah Parker laid down a sacrifice bunt that Upperman couldn’t handle to give the Warriorettes’ runners on first and second with nobody out. Sims would then score when she would try to advance to third on a wild pitch, but when the catcher threw the ball down to third base, it would wide and head into the outfield, which would score Sims to push the lead to 3-1. Green would follow that up with a sacrifice bunt, which would move Sarah Parker to third, with one out. She would score three pitches later on an Auberger single to push the lead to 4-1.
However, the Upperman offense would get things going in the third through fifth innings, scoring nine times to take a 10-4 lead.
The Warriorettes would try to make a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as they scored one run on a Megan Sparkman single to cut the lead to 10-5, but Upperman would get out of the inning, with no more damage, and the Warriorettes would fall to Upperman 10-5.
Ellie Savage took the loss for the Warriorettes. She went five innings, allowing 10 runs, but one earned on five hits and striking out five.
The Warriorettes’ offense collected nine hits. Savage and Auberger each collected two hits to lead the Warriorettes. Green, Parker, Sparkman, Rogan, and Goodwin would each add a hit for the Warriorettes.
In the second game on Tuesday, Paige Parker had everything working for the Warriorettes. The Warriorettes’ senior pitcher didn’t allow a single run and only one hit, throwing a complete game shutout and leading the Warriorettes to a 1-0 victory, on Tuesday.
The only run of the game came in the third inning when Green would lead off the inning with a triple on a fly ball to right field. Paige Parker would come up two batters later and hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Green and giving the Warriorettes the 1-0 lead.
That’s all the run support that Paige Parker would need, as she would shut down Cumberland County over the final three innings to give the Warriorettes the 1-0 win.
The Warriorettes’ offense would finish the game with five hits. Green, Savage, Savannah Jones, Rogan, and Auberger each managed one hit to lead the Warriorettes.
The Warriorettes now sit at 16-10 on the season. The Warriorettes were scheduled to host Stone Memorial, on Wednesday afternoon, for Senior Night and their last game of the season. Results from that game were unavailable at press time. The Warriorettes will now play host to the District 6AAA District Tournament. With there being a game between Warren County and Rhea County still needing to be played, the official tournament bracket will not be available until after the coaches’ meeting, on Thursday. For official tournament brackets and schedules, check Spartalive, on Thursday.