By ZACH BIRDSONG
Tullahoma got a strong pitching performance from Mo Edde and Madison Barnett as the Lady Wildcats put up four runs in the first two innings against Warren County in a 4-0 home win on Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats (11-5, 5-2) and the Lady Pioneers played Saturday in a makeup contest after the initial March 14 date was postponed. Tullahoma was slated to travel to McMinnville on Monday to again face Warren County, but that game was rained out and is not expected to be made up.
Edde got the start in the circle and received the win for the Lady Wildcats on Saturday against Warren County. In four innings, she allowed just two hits and a walk, striking out four batters.
Barnett followed her effort by tossing the final three innings of the day, not allowing a hit in her appearance. She did not allow a base runner, recording two strikeouts to seal the victory.
Shyanne Sheffield led off the bottom of the first, reaching base after getting hit by the pitch to start the inning. Sheffield stole second base two pitches later, but was driven in after Emma Byford blasted a tw0-run home run to left field, putting the Lady Wildcats in front 2-0. That round tripper was Byford’s fifth home run of the season.
The scoring didn’t stop for Tullahoma in the inning as Macy Ferrell followed with a one-out single to left field. Edde drew a walk in her next at-bat, allowing Ferrell to move to second base. Leah Ross reached base on an error as the ball scooted into the outfield and Ferrell scored, making it a 3-0 contest.
Jami Stinson led off the bottom of the second with a blooper into left field to get on base, but a hustle play turned that play into a double as she safely reached second base to start the inning. She scored in the next at-bat as Sheffield ripped an RBI single into center field for the final run of the ballgame.
With the base knock, Sheffield extended her hit streak to 16 games, recording a hit in every contest this season.
Tullahoma was scheduled to return to District 8-AAA play on Tuesday night when it hosted Franklin County. As of press time, the result of that contest was unavailable.
The Lady Wildcats were next scheduled to participate in the Border Battle Tournament in Fayetteville, opening on Thursday and lasting until Saturday. Tullahoma is slated to get that tournament underway on Thursday by taking on Buckhorn at Lincoln County High School at 5:30 p.m.
The Border Battle continues on Friday for the Lady Wildcats when they take on Wilson Central at 4 p.m. and Blackman at 5:30 p.m. Tullahoma wraps up pool play in the tournament on Saturday against Creekwood at 10:30 a.m. All of those games will take place at the Lions Club Complex in Fayetteville.