By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County High School Lady Wolverine softball team hosted the Trion Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday, Aug. 29 in their second region game of the season.
Being two of the better teams in the region, the game lived up to its billing – a close, hard fought pitcher’s duel that came down to the final pitch.
The Lady Bulldogs had one runner reach base in the first inning on a Dade County error while the host went down in order for a scoreless first inning.
In the second inning, Trion had their first big chance to score when they loaded the bases with two outs, but a pop up caught by Falyn Baggett in foul territory ended the threat.
The Lady Wolverines stranded another runner in the second and the game remained 0-0.
In the third inning, both teams managed base runners but were unable to push a run across as the pitchers dual continued and the score remained 0-0.
In the fourth inning, the Lady Bulldogs started with a single to center and the runner then advanced to second on a passed ball. A fly ball out to center resulted in the runner tagging up and advancing to third with one out.
After a strikeout, Trion reached on an error and scored a run to give the Lady Bulldogs the lead. The next batter hit a line drive to right field and another Dade County error scored a run while the hitter advanced to third. A ground out then ended the inning with the Lady Bulldogs taking the lead 2-0 scoring two unearned runs.
The Lady Wolverines’ Riley Talley started the bottom of the fifth with a single and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice. Lilah Wilson then doubled to score Talley, giving Dade its first run of the game.
Next up was KK Castleberry who singled and advanced to second on the throw to third as Wilson advanced. Wilson then scored on a passed ball. Kayleigh Warnock singled to score Castleberry and the Lady Wolverines take a 3-2 lead.
Both teams couldn’t push a run across in the sixth inning, and the Lady Bulldogs were unable to score in the top of the seventh, giving Dade County a hard fought 3-2 win.
Warnock picked up the win, pitching seven innings, giving up two runs, both unearned, three hits, four walks, and striking out six.
The Lady Wolverines managed seven hits by seven players while Wilson and Warnock also had an RBI.
The Lady Wolverines picked up another win on Thursday afternoon when they traveled to Dalton to face the Lady Catamounts of Dalton High School by the final score of 6-4.
Game details were not available before the early press deadline due to the holiday and will be reported in next week’s Sentinel.