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WCMS Pioneers beat Harris Middle

The Warren County Middle School baseball team could hardly get over the anticipation of playing Harris Middle School Tuesday. A late bus didn’t help things.
Despite starting 30 minutes late, the game was worth the wait for the Pioneers as the team improved to 2-1 with a 4-3 victory over the Eagles.
Warren County knew the importance of its game against the Eagles. The first five games for the Pioneers this season count toward their Central Tennessee Conference record, so every win is vital to postseason seeding.
Coach David Martin gave the ball to eighth-grader Will Lupo and for the second time this season the big righty didn’t disappoint.
Lupo pitched into the seventh inning, scattering six hits while allowing three runs to earn his second victory.
Dylan Tubb entered in the seventh inning to earn the save.
The Pioneers didn’t waste much time taking a lead. Warren County plated two runs in the first inning as the Pioneers drew five walks. By the time Colby Elkins and Dustin Hale each received free passes to score teammates, the Pioneers had given Lupo a two-run cushion to work with.
Harris cut the lead in half in the top of the second, but some crafty base running by the Pioneers in the third moved the lead back to two.
Coach Martin had runners on the corners with one out and decided to test the Eagles. Elkins took off from first base, drawing the attention of the pitcher. In an attempt to pick off Elkins, the pitcher balked and Cameron Shaw came in to score, making it 3-1.
Harris knotted the score at three in the top of the fourth when three errors cost the Pioneers dearly.
Warren County didn’t let the comeback attempt slow it down though. Reed Garrison started the bottom of the fourth with a single, then Shaw entered to run.
Shaw advanced to third on a single by Isaac Golden, then scored what proved to be the winning run when A.D. Majors hit an infield single to the shortstop.
Lupo and Tubb closed the door on the Eagles in the final three innings. Lupo worked his way out of trouble in the fifth, then retired the side in order in the sixth.
After a leadoff single to start the seventh, coach Martin turned to Tubb for the save. Tubb got two outs quickly, then finished off the last batter on his own with a strikeout to end the game.
Coach Martin thought the victory was a true team effort.
“It was a good team win. We left it all on the field,” said Martin. “I’m proud of the guys. They made plays and got the job done.”
Golden, Elkins and Majors each finished with hits for Warren County.
The Pioneers were scheduled to play at White County last night. Details of the game were not available at press time.
Warren County will return to action next Thursday when the team travels to play Franklin South Middle School. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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