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WCMS softball alive in CTC tourney

It will be the biggest inning of the Lady Pioneer season.

WCMS is still alive in the CTC tournament, surviving one elimination game Friday and braving Saturday’s severe weather to keep playing. The Lady Pioneers beat Sparta 16-3 Friday and will head into Sunday’s resumption of action with a 9-8 lead on Franklin North.

Warren County was hoping to take care of the Lady Gators Saturday and make it into the loser’s bracket finals, but the group couldn’t get the victory in before heavy rain – and a tornado warning – stopped play in its tracks Saturday. Just before play was stopped for good, Kyaira Sharpe pushed the Lady Pioneers into the lead, ripping a single that brought around Lily Rains.

When Rains slid across for the score, a huge bolt of lightning filled the sky, followed by a booming thunder. Celebration from the Lady Pioneer dugout turned into shrieks as the weather turned ugly quick. Heavy rain stopped any chance of the game continuing.

Action is set to resume at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Lady Pioneers will still be at bat with two outs. Alexia Ross will be at the plate, while Sharpe is at second and Ceilee Gudat will be at third.

Both teams will be trying to move into the loser’s bracket finals against Coffee County. The tournament is scheduled to finish Sunday, with the finals tentatively set to start around 4:30 p.m. Tullahoma has already earned its spot in the finals and would have to be beaten twice by any team coming out of the loser’s bracket.

After falling into the loser’s bracket with a 5-2 loss Wednesday to Coffee County, the Lady Pioneers regrouped in a big way Friday. Warren County used a 12-run first inning to eliminate White County with ease.

Gudat led the offense in the victory, finishing 3-for-3 with three RBIs. She had an RBI double and two-run single in the first as the Lady Pioneers put the game away early.

Maddox Adams, Callie Roberts and Ross all had two hits each in the victory, while Ky Damon, MaKenzie Hullett, Sharpe and Rains had one hit apiece.

Navaeh Duggin earned the win, throwing four innings and allowing three runs on four hits while striking out five.

Check the Warren County Sports Authority Sunday night for more coverage on the Lady Pioneers’ run in the CTC tournament.

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CLICK HERE for Painted Barn Media photos (White County)

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