WCHS Warriorette softball loses to Bledsoe County on Monday
By Jerry Lowery | March 21, 2019 9:34 am
The White County High School Warriorettes lost in heartbreaking fashion, on March 18, against Bledsoe County as they fell 5-6 on the final play of the game. Despite doubling the hits of Bledsoe County and leading for most of the contest, a poorly played sixth inning gave Bledsoe hope, and the Warriorettes dropped their first game of the season.
White County struck first as Hannah-Kate Sims singled into right field, scoring one in the first inning. Caydra Parker added to the lead with a single of her own in the second that brought Savannah Jones home. The consistent offensive output continued in the fifth where Kasey Scarlett sent a line drive into center field to give the Warriorettes a 3-0 advantage. This steady scoring stood in stark contrast to the offense of Bledsoe County as they failed to get a single runner on base until the bottom of the fifth.
Natalie Goodwin showed off her power hitting, launching the ball into left field for her first home run of the season in the sixth. This gave the Warriorettes their largest lead of the game at 4-0 but was quickly overcome as the offense of Bledsoe County would roar to life in the bottom of the inning.
Ashlynn Phillips began to show her fatigue as she gave up two singles and hit a batter to open the inning. Bledsoe County was able to capitalize on these mistakes and took the lead after scoring on a single near the end of the inning. Scarlett came up big in crunch time for the Warriorettes as her pop fly single to the shortstop in the top of the seventh allowed Parker to make it home, knotting the game back up at five. The Warriorettes could not manufacture any more runs and left runners stranded on first and second as the score was still stuck at five heading into the last at bats of regulation.
A triple got the bottom of the seventh starting with a bang and a crucial error by right-fielder Jones let the game slip through the Warriorettes’ fingers in the final moments of the game. The well- fought contest ended in a 5-6 defeat for WCHS.
Phillips took the loss for the game as she pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and six runs. Phillips still managed to impress as she struck out four and retired 13 consecutive batters to open the game.
The Warriorettes raked in 14 hits and were led by Parker who finished 3-4 on the day. Sims, Scarlett, Phillips, Goodwin, and Gianna Redden also finished with multi-hit performances.
Next up for the Warriorettes, they will take on Ravenwood at 5 p.m., March 21, in Sparta.