Lady Warriors get Senior Night victory

  • WCHS head coach Drew Owens, left, talks with senior Rachel Brock during the Senior Night win over West Hall. (Photo/Staci Sulhoff)
    WCHS head coach Drew Owens, left, talks with senior Rachel Brock during the Senior Night win over West Hall. (Photo/Staci Sulhoff)

The White County Lady Warriors' softball team celebrated Senior Night in style Tuesday, blasting West Hall 15-0 in a 7-AAAA matchup in Cleveland.

The Lady Warriors needed only three innings to post the win over the Lady Spartans. Following the win, senior Rachel Brock was recognized during a Senior Night ceremony.

White County and West Hall wrap up the region series today in Oakwood. WCHS opens a region series with Marist next Tuesday with a trip to Atlanta, and then takes on Dawson County in a non-region matchup on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The Lady Warriors wrap up the regular season schedule on Thursday, Sept. 26, taking on Marist in Cleveland in the final game of the two-game series.

On Tuesday, the Lady Warriors wasted little time in jumping out to a  big lead. WCHS got hits from Liana O'Kelly, Emily Anderson and Sidney Parks all had hits in the inning as the Lady Warriors ran out to a 5-0 lead.

The Lady Warriors put the game away in the second inning, sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring 10 runs. The Lady Warriors got hits from Brock, O'Kelly and Reagan Dunagan to go along with six walks and two hit batters to rattled off 10 runs.

In the top of the third inning, O'Kelly finished off the mercy rule win, striking out the side to complete the shutout. O'Kelly posted a no-hitter, allowing on a walk in the second inning, and struck out seven of the 10 batters. O'Kelly also had a pair of hits, scored twice, and stole a base.

Dunagan had a hit and scored three runs, Anderson had hit and scored twice, and Brock and Parks each had a hit and scored a run. Cree Cantrell and Katie Palmer both reached base three times and scored two runs, while Katelyn Boman scored a run.

On Monday, the Lady Warriors pulled together a seventh-inning rally to get past Clarke Central 10-9 in a non-region matchup in Cleveland.

WCHS trailed 9-8 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.

With two outs, O'Kelly and Dunagan kept the team's hopes alive with back-to-back singles. Cantrell, a freshman, worked the count to 3-2 before coming up with one of the biggest hits of her high school career, ripping a double to score both runners and give the Lady Warriors a walk-off win.

O'Kelly paced the offensive effort with three hits and a pair of runs, while Dunagan had a hit, stole a base, and scored two runs. Cantrell had a hit, scored a run, and delivered the game-winning hit, and Palmer had a hit, scored twice, and stole a base.

Annika Vandiver had a hit and scored two runs, Boman had a hit and scored a run, and Kaylie Holbrook had a hit.