WCHS softball team opens up the district tournament with a win
By Andy Southard | May 7, 2018 7:58 am
The Warriorette softball team began play in the double-elimination District 6AAA tournament being played at White County High School. on Friday afternoon. The Warriorettes were able to move on in the winner’s bracket, with a 9-0 win on Friday night.
The Warriorettes also closed out their regular season, on Wednesday afternoon, with a thrilling 3-2 win in 11 innings over Stone Memorial.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Warriorettes seized victory in dramatic walk-off fashion, thanks to a walk-off double at the end of the game to topple Stone Memorial. The game was tied at 2, with the Warriorettes batting in the bottom of the 11th inning when Megan Sparkman singled on a 0-2 count, scoring Dani Auberger to give the Warriorettes the win.
The Warriorettes would get the scoring started early, on Wednesday, afternoon scoring two runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Auberger singled with one out to get the inning going. Paige Parker would follow that up with a double to left field, scoring Auberger to give the Warriorettes an early 1-0 lead. Macayla Rogan would come up big for the Warriorettes. With two outs and a runner on third, Rogan would triple on a 1-1 pitch to right field, scoring a run and giving the Warriorettes the early 2-0 lead.
Stone Memorial got their first run of the game in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 2-1. In the fifth inning, Stone Memorial would tie the game up with another run to make it 2-2. Neither team would get much going to the 11th inning when Sparkman doubled to give the Warriorettes the walk-off win.
Parker was credited with the win for the Warriorettes. She surrendered two runs on four hits over 11 innings, striking out 11 and walking one.
The Warriorettes’ offense finished the game with four hits. Rogan, Parker, Sparkman, and Auberger each collected one hit to lead the Warriorettes.
On Friday night, Parker had all the right stuff working for the Warriorettes, allowing zero runs and besting Stone Memorial by a score of 9-0.
Auberger led the Warriorettes at the plate, on Friday night. Auberger drove in four runs and went 2-4 at the plate. Auberger’s big hit came in the fourth inning when she hit a bases-loaded triple, which drove in three runs and pushed the Warriorettes’ lead to 5-0.
The Warriorettes would open up the game with two runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Jessie Green would lead off the inning with a single, and Auberger would lay down a bunt to advance her, but the pitcher’s throw would be offline and would put runners on second and third with nobody out. Parker would then double to left field, scoring Green, to push the lead to 1-0. Ellie Savage would give the Warriorettes their second in the inning when she would reach on an error by the second baseman that would score a run and provide the Warriorettes with the 2-0 lead.
The Warriorettes would add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring five runs in the inning to push their lead to 7-0. Hannah Kate Sims would lead off the inning with a triple. Then back-to-back fielder’s choice would load the bases with nobody out. Auberger would then take the first pitch she saw down the left field line for a triple, scoring Sims, Sarah Parker, and Savannah Jones to give the Warriorettes the 5-0 lead. Paige Parker would follow that up with a double of the centerfield fence that would score Auberger and push the lead to 6-0. Sparkman would be up next for the Warriorettes. She would take the 0-1 pitch and hit a hard ground ball to the second baseman that would take a weird hop and get past her and would score Paige Parker to give the Warriorettes the 7-0 lead.
The Warriorettes would add two more runs in the fifth inning to push their lead to 9-0, and that would be the final.
Parker earned the victory in the circle for the Warriorettes. She lasted seven innings, allowing four hits and zero runs while striking out ten.
The Warriorettes scattered eight hits in the game. Auberger and Paige Parker each collected two hits for the Warriorettes.
With the wins, the Warriorettes move to 18-10 on the season. The Warriorettes also move into the winner’s bracket semifinals. The Warriorettes will take on Cookeville, who was the number one seed in the tournament, at 7 p.m., May 7.
The Warriorettes and Lady Cavs have faced off twice this season, with the Lady Cavs winning both games. The Warriorettes will look to pick up their first win against the Lady Cavs, on Monday, and move into the winner’s bracket finals, at 7 p.m., on Tuesday.
If the Warriorettes are unable to come up with the win, on Monday night, they will take on the winner of the Stone Memorial/Rhea County game at 5 p.m., on Tuesday.