Warriorette softball wins three in a row

Posted By | April 27, 2009 12:00 am

The solitary number five and a bouquet served as a sad reminder to the Warriorette softball team of a key missing part of the senior night festivities.

Ready to make the tag. Warriorette catcher, Brittney Gragg, fields the ball just before making the tag that erases the runner trying to score during Friday’s doubleheader sweep over Franklin County.

Remembering their classmate and teammate. The three Warriorette senior softball players take a moment to remember their classmate, Markie Voyles, during the senior night activities. Voyles’ number was painted on the field and a bouquet was placed on it during the ceremonies.

The Warriorette softball team ended a seven game losing streak and, in the process, quadrupled their win total for the season and also picked up their first District 7AAA victory in two seasons.
WCHS had won only one game coming in to last Wednesday’s game with Warren County. They avenged a 10-run loss the night before to the Lady Pioneers and picked up the thrilling 1-0 victory for their first 7AAA win since the 2007 district tournament. Then, on Friday during a very emotional senior night picked up a pair of narrow wins over Franklin County upping their overall record to 4-11.
After giving up 11 runs to their district foes on Tuesday, the Warriorettes completely reversed field and shut Warren County out on Wednesday. Stephanie Guth pitched all seven innings allowing just two hits while striking out four. The junior had a no-hitter going until she gave up back-to-back two-out hits in the top of the fifth. She got out of that jam with a strikeout.
Before that inning, Guth and the Warriorette defense had allowed only two base runners. The lead off batter in the contest reached on an infield error, but three straight ground balls left her at second. The lead off batter in the second walked, but was left stranded at first.
The Warriorettes avoided one last Warren County threat in the top of the seventh. The lead off batter was hit by a pitch, was sacrificed to second and stole third. She attempted to score on a ground ball to short, but Paige Scott threw her out at home giving the Warriorettes the chance at the win in the bottom of the seventh.
They took advantage.
With one out on the board, Scott, who went four for four on the night, beat out her second infield single. Miya Teeples reached on an error that moved Scott to third. Brittney Gragg was hit by a pitch loading the bases. Hannah Roberts lined one hard down third base line. The fielder knocked it down, but could not get Scott who scored the game winner.
The seventh wasn’t the only time in the contest the Warriorettes had runners in scoring position. They, in fact, left the bases loaded in the first inning. Scott and Teeples both singled and were joined on base by Gragg, who reached on an error. A fly ball and line out left the runners stranded.
WCHS left two on in the third. Scott led off with an infield single, but was erased on a fielder’s choice by Teeples. Gragg centered to centerfield, but the two were left stranded.
The Warriorettes actually had a hit in every inning. In addition to Scott’s four hits, Crystal Holland picked up a pair of hits. Raven Pope, Teeples, Gragg and Roberts had one hit each.
Close games became the norm for WCHS as the week ended. Franklin County visited Sparta Friday for a senior night doubleheader. The Warriorettes were able to pick up a pair of wins by a total of 3-0 on a very emotional evening.
In between the two five-inning games, WCHS honored their three seniors, Kourtney Kinnaird, Miya Teeples and Brittney Gragg. As if senior night is not emotional enough under normal situations, the team also honored their fourth senior posthumously.
Markie Voyles, whose life was taken in an automobile accident in October, was a member of the WCHS softball team. In addition to her success as a runner, Voyles had also been the starting shortstop for the softball team since her family moved to Tennessee during the summer of 2006 and was an All District performer.
At each senior’s spot on the field, their number was painted on the field. That included Voyles’ number five at the shortstop position. As the seniors were being honored between games, a bouquet of flowers was placed on the number five in memory of their missing teammate. Following the ceremony, which left few dry eyes on the field, the three seniors took a moment alone seated on the ground around the #5.
The Warriorettes honored Voyles the best way they could with a pair of wins on senior night albeit in nail biting fashion.
In game one, the Warriorettes scored a run in the bottom of the first when Mollie Abell tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Teeples. That run would stand up for the entire game as WCHS took the 1-0 victory.
Teeples pitched all five innings picking up the shutout. She allowed five hits, struck out six and walked just one.
Franklin County’s biggest threat came in the first inning. They recorded back-to-back two-out hits, Teeples got out of the inning with a ground ball.
The Lady Rebels put one on in the top of the second via a one-out walk. A bunt moved the runner to second, but Teeples got the next batter to bounce back to her.
In the third, Franklin County picked up a one-out double to right field, but a strikeout and line drive ended that threat. The Lady Rebels recorded a lead off single in the fourth and a two-out double in the fifth, but the runners were left stranded there each time on strikeouts to end the frame.
The Warriorettes had other chances to push runs across, but couldn’t convert. Raven Pope reached on an error in the second.
WCHS loaded the bases in the third, but still couldn’t add a run. Kourtney Kinnaird singled to right to lead off the inning and then stole second. After an out, Abell joined her on base via a walk. Gragg was hit by a pitch with two outs on the board to load the bases. A fly ball ended that inning.
The final at-bat for the Warriorettes came in the top of the fourth and Guth started things with a single. She worked her way around the bases to third, but was left stranded there.
The Warriorettes somehow managed to regroup after the between game activities. This time serving as the visiting team, WCHS plated another first inning run. Paige Scott reached on a catcher error, but was called out for leaving base too early while trying to steal second. Abell reached on an error and went to second on a passed ball. A two-out single by Gragg drove in Abell. That run would be enough for the win, but the Warriorettes added one more.
Raven Pope singled with one out on the board in the top of the second. A double by Holland plated Pope upping the lead to 2-0. That would be the last run scored in the contest.
The Warriorettes left runners on base each inning. In the third, Gragg, who went three for three in the contest, singled with two outs. In the fourth, Guth led off by reaching on an error. Pope, who had two hits, singled putting runners on first and second with no outs. Holland laid down a bunt moving the runners, but a pair of pop ups left them stranded.
Gragg picked up her final hit of the game in the top of the fifth with a two-out single.
Guth pitched all five innings of them game picking up the shutout while allowing only two hits in the process. She struck out six and walked one.
She did have to pitch out of a jam in the first inning. With runners at second and third, she struck out the batter to end that inning. A good catch by Olivia Link at third base in the bottom of the second ended that inning leaving one on base. Guth gave up a one-out single in the third, but two straight fly balls left that runner stranded. Guth fanned all three batters in the fourth. A lead off walk in the fifth gave Franklin County one last glimmer of hope, but three pop ups ended the game.
The Warriorettes improved to 4-11 overall and are 1-11 in the district. They have a busy last week of the regular season. They travel to Oakland Monday for a 6 p.m. contest and then wrap up district play with a trip to Lebanon Tuesday for a make-up game. They step out of district play Thursday at Upperman wrapping up the regular season portion of their schedule.

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