Although they had runners on base, the Warren County Pioneers couldn’t push them across the plate Thursday night in Cookeville, and the Cavs took the ballgame, 6-0.
“Cookeville played very well and we just couldn’t get the big hit when we needed to,” said WCHS coach Adam Childs. “Their pitcher did a good job limiting us when we had runners on base. I thought we had some good at-bats, but couldn’t break through.”
As they were competing for a top-seed bye between Cookeville and Rhea County, the most likely scenario for the Pioneers is to finish third in the district, unless White County can pull off some tough wins against the Cavs to finish the season.
In testament to their tough defense and pitching with Brooks Helton on the mound, the Pioneers contained much of the collateral damage Cookeville hoped to inflict.
The Pioneers head into the postseason with two members of their pitching staff in the district top-five list including Helton and Noah Fann with 4 and 3 wins, respectively. Helton, Trevor Collins and Tyler Hollingsworth lead the district 1-2-3 in strikeouts, Collins with 32, Helton 30 and Hollingsworth has 26.
Warren County’s Colby Elkins is still a district leader from the plate with .370 batting average and he tops the list when it comes to RBIs with 32.
The Pioneers played two non-district games Saturday at home against Tullahoma. Results were not available at press time.