The Warren County High School baseball team mounted an epic come-from-behind win Friday at home against the Cumberland County Jets.
The Pioneers were down by six runs, but kept fighting and pulled out a 12-11 victory in nine innings. It was a much-needed win for the Pioneers as they came into the game losing two straight. The win marked the third this year against the Jets.
The Pioneers record now sits at 8-17 with seven games remaining.
Wesley Jennings led the Pioneers in the hit department, going 4-for-5 with four singles and three RBIs. Brooks Helton, Will Lupo and Cole Estes added two RBIs apiece, while Taisei Yasunaga and Isaac Golden added an RBI in the hitting barrage.
Noah Fann earned the win, going seven and one-third innings, striking out seven, and allowing five runs on five hits.
Things didn’t look good for the Pioneers in the top of the first as they saw the Jets put up four runs thanks to timely hitting and an error by the Pioneers, 4-0. The Pioneers went down in order in the bottom of the inning, failing to cut into the Jets lead.
The Jets added two more runs in the top of the second, 6-0. The Pioneers needed some answers quickly in the bottom of the inning but they didn’t produce. The score remained the same until the bottom of the third. That’s when the Pioneer bats came to life.
Yasunaga put the Pioneers first run on the board in the bottom of the inning, with an RBI double, 6-1. Estes came up a batter later and drove in two more runs, giving the Pioneers new life, 6-3, after three.
The Jets had an answer for the Pioneers, scoring two in the top of the fourth. Their lead was now 8-3. With two Pioneer players on base in the bottom of the inning, Helton came up and hit an inside-the-park home run to make it a new ball game, 8-6.
The Pioneers inched close in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a Lupo sacrifice fly, 8-7, after five.
The Jets started to pull away in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs, 11-7.
Two RBI singles and a 2-RBI single by Jennings tied things up for the Pioneers in the bottom of the inning, 11-11, after seven.
Neither team found an answer at the plate in the eighth. After the Jets went down quickly in the top of the ninth, the Pioneers won it with a walk-off.
With one out in the bottom of the inning and a runner on second, Jennings came through in the clutch, hitting the game-winning RBI single, to win it for the Pioneers, 12-11, in extras.
The Pioneers will be back in action tomorrow, on the road as they travel to Crossville to take on Stone Memorial. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.