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Bring out the brooms
Pioneers sweep Warriors
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David Lee wasn’t perfect. He merely flirted with perfection.
Lee retired the first nine White County batters he faced, didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and went on to pitch a complete game to help the Warren County High School baseball team defeat the Warriors 6-2.
Lee’s solid outing on the mound led to a sweep of the season series between the two District 6-AAA squads and improved Warren County to 10-5 overall and 3-3 in district play.
Ryan Jennings threw a complete game Monday to lead Warren County to a 6-5 victory and Lee duplicated the feat a day later.
The Warriors couldn’t catch up with Lee’s speed or locate the senior’s offspeed pitches. By the time White County finally got a runner aboard, the Pioneers already led 5-0.
Warren County jumped on the Warriors with a big third inning, sparked by a lead-off triple from Logan Underhill. Park Hilliard followed with an RBI single to center field, breaking a scoreless tie.
Hilliard stole second and advanced to third on a groundout before Chayse Frye scored his teammate with a two-out single to left field. The Pioneers continued to roll with two outs, getting a run-scoring double from Hunter Mullican to make it 3-0.
Mullican and Mitchell Steiner would come around to score on passed balls, making it 5-0 after three innings.
Lee allowed his first run without giving up a hit in the fourth inning. A lead-off walk snapped the perfect-game bid, then Lee loaded the bases with one out by hitting two batters. A strikeout, one of four for Lee, made it two outs and gave the right-handed hurler a chance to keep the shutout, but a wild pitch brought the first White County run in before Lee escaped the jam with another strikeout.
Warren County got the run back when Steiner scored Lee Carden with a fifth-inning single. It gave Lee a 6-1 lead to work with in the final three innings.
Lee’s no-hitter was broken up in the fifth inning when Holden Null reached on an infield single, but the Warriors didn’t have a hit leave the infield until Adam Farley doubled to begin the seventh inning.
The Warriors would end up scoring one run on an error in the final inning, but a final groundout to Frye at first gave the Pioneers their third straight win.
Steiner and Frye each finished with two hits and one RBI to pace the Pioneer offense. Lee improved to 2-0 with Tuesday’s victory.
The Pioneers will be back in action Friday with a road game against Livingston Academy. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m. Warren County will also play Saturday at home against Shelbyville. Action will begin at noon Saturday.