The White County Warriorettes welcomed the Coffee County Lady Raiders to Glen “Buckshot” Sims Field Monday, April 10. The Warriorettes have been on the positive side of some lopsided scores this season, winning by double digits, but Monday’s contest would find them on the wrong side of that equation. The team that got off the bus from Coffee County was a formidable foe with a deep and talented roster. Coffee County has only lost four games on the season. They have not lost to anyone from the state of Tennessee. Most of their players play for powerful travel ball teams and many of their players are being recruited to the next level.
Due to some injuries, freshman pitcher Mabry Taylor would start for the Warriorettes. Taylor had started a couple of games this season and has shown that she will be a great asset from the pitcher’s circle for the next few years. She seemed to paint the corners of the plate with pitches that were not being called strikes. The umpire’s strike zone forced Taylor to throw the ball over the middle of the plate where the powerful hitters from Coffee County could do damage. Taylor gave up a 3 run homerun in the first inning but settled down after that to limit the damage to just those runs.
The White County offense came out in the bottom of the first and quickly loaded the bases with just one out. The Warriorettes were unable to get the a hit with runners in scoring position and left the bases loaded. The Warriorettes would muster just two hits on the night against the powerful Lady Raider pitching staff.
The second inning was when the visitors really pulled away. The Lady Raiders sent 14 batters to the plate. They had 7 hits in the inning, two of those being homeruns. The score would balloon to 14-0 before the Warriorettes could bat for a second time. The Coffee County coaching staff made multiple substitutions and the Warriorettes were able to hold the Lady Raiders scoreless for the remainder of the game. The game was called after four innings of play.
The young ladies from Sparta may have been on the short end of a difficult game but they represented their school and our community well. There will be better nights on the diamond, but sometimes you just have to tip your hat (or visor) to the other team. The Warriorettes will continue to work hard as they get back into district play. Come out and support them whenever you can.
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