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Everlasting Joy 3-8
Titles in store for WCMS
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Will this be the year Warren County Middle School can pull off the trifecta and win baseball, softball and soccer championships all in the same season?
As followers of WCMS athletics are well aware, the school has been overpowering the past five or six years when it comes to these sports. The WCMS boys soccer team has been so dominant, it has won five straight conference tournament titles. That’s a dynasty.
Over the years, WCMS has come close to winning baseball, softball and soccer titles all at the same time. Last year, for example, the softball and soccer teams both won, while the baseball team finished runner-up. It was oh, so close.
This year the baseball team is clearly focused on a first-place finish and has the horses to do it. The lineup is loaded with hitters from top to bottom and there are some smooth pitchers too.
Players like Braden Bottoms, Jace Brantley, Ryland Holder, John Garrett, Westen Wilson, Omari Harris, Kason Holder, Bryson Elrod, and Ty Martin give the Pioneers a lineup as talented as any in the Midstate.
The team is so strong at every position and in every aspect of the game, I’ve heard those all-too-familiar whispers that always seem to circulate in Warren County: If these guys can just stay together, they’ll be a force by the time they’re seniors in high school.
I agree.
The WCMS softball team is off to a battering ram of a start. The Lady Pioneers like to hit the ball hard as evident by a 16-2 win last week over Shelbyville.
Said WCMS coach Marc Pyburn after that game, “We mashed like I expected us to.”
When you have power hitters like Rhaelee Johnson, Samantha Jennings, and Elia Atterson, it can be scary for opposing pitchers to stand in the circle with the blasts those girls can deliver.
As for the WCMS soccer team, championships have become routine. That’s a remarkable statement to make.
While I’m not going to go through the past five years of sports in Warren County and add up records from every team, I think it’s a safe statement to say WCMS soccer has a better winning percentage during that span than any other school sport.
The Pioneers have already beaten their most pesky rival, Shelbyville Harris, and have their eyes set on their sixth straight title. With players like John Jackson, Kade Simpson, Marvin Franco and Dominique Betancourt, the Pioneers have a solid chance.
Two years ago, I boldly predicted WCMS would win championships in all three sports and am sad to report I went 1-for-3 in my prediction. This year, I’m dusting off the crystal ball and I once again see three titles. This is the season it will happen.