by Doug Glosson
Softball – Last week was bitter sweet for the Lady Warriors softball team. They solidified a spot in the playoffs, but also recognized two senior leaders at the final home game of the season.
Emily Cloud has played softball all four years and will be attending Lamar University in the Fall with a goal of being an elementary teacher. Rachel Lee also played all four years and will be obtaining her LVN degree at Woodville Nursing School. Both girls thanked their parents and coaches for being such a huge influence in their lives.
After being rained out early in the week, the Lady Warriors were finally able to travel to Kountze for a critical district game against the Lionettes in hopes of making the playoffs. With the game scoreless in the top of the second, Bailey Hamilton and Alyssa Phillips started the inning with back-to-back singles. Cloud then stepped to the plate and promptly hit the ball to the center field fence for a two-run double. A couple of batters later, Marion Purvis grounded out, but was able to get Cloud home to give Warren a 3-0 lead.
In the third, Laikyn Bell walked and stole a base. With Bell at second, Hamilton hit an RBI double followed by Phillips RBI single to push the score up to 5-0.
The Lady Warriors would take a 6-0 lead in the fourth when Hallie Nevins hit an RBI single to score Hailey Craigen who had singled earlier in the frame. Warren pitcher, Craigen, cruised through the first four innings just seeing two over the minimum batters; but that would change in the fifth.
Kountze was able to put up a five-spot due to runners on base in way of two errors, a hit batter, and a rare walk. The Lionettes hit a three-run triple to bring them within one run at 6-5.
But the Lady Warriors were determined to win this one. They were able to score three runs in the final two innings with a RBI double by Lee in the sixth and back-to-back home runs by Hamilton and Craigen in the seventh; taking the win 9-5 and ensuring a playoff spot. Craigen pitched a great game going all seven innings with seven strikeouts, one walk, and one earned run.
The Lady Warriors then faced Bob Hope, Port Arthur, on Friday, coming away with a 17-1 win. Playoff information was not available at the time of publication.
Baseball – The Warrior baseball team had a mixed week as they took on Kountze and Bob Hope. Kountze was able to take an early 4-0 lead and would not give it up, as they beat the Warriors 6-3. The Warriors would rebound however, beating Bob Hope by the ten-run rule on Friday.