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Coffee County ends Pioneer baseball season
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Kyle Johnson

The WCHS Pioneer baseball team was knocked out of the district tournament on Tuesday, falling to nemesis Coffee County, 13-4. 

The loss ends the season for the Pioneers with an 18-16 record.

Warren County kept a 4-2 lead for much of the game, but the Red Raiders came out swinging in the fifth with 7 runs, then scored 4 more in the sixth.

Curtlan George went 1 for 2 at the plate scoring an RBI with other Pioneers also racking up hits. Eli Kuykendall was one of them hitting a single in the first inning to bring Easton Denning home and moving Will Vance to third. Denning and Vance both got free bags by being hit by pitches.

Aiden Miller kept the Pioneer momentum going with a single in the top of the second. Jaxon King sacrificed a ball, but he reached first on an error. Miller then continued to score and King made it to third. Alex van Vuuren stepped in for King to run and scored on a sacrifice by George.

Denning singled to left field to bring Kyle Johnson home to make it 4-2 going into the third. In the bottom of the third, the Pioneer defense was on fire with second baseman True Craven catching a line drive, and third base Baler Melton made a double play with Craven then to Denning at first.

WC took a major hit in the fifth inning committing a few errors. This, along with a triple from a Coffee County heavy hitter, allowed the Red Raiders to take a 5-run lead, 9-4, going into the sixth. Shaken up, Warren County couldn’t recover.

Layne Roberts pitched the first 4.2 innings for the Pioneers, followed by Kyle Johnson and Hayden Collins.

Coffee County went on a streak at the tail end of the tournament, beating Franklin County 6-5 in the first championship game, and the Red Raiders continued to take the district tournament title winning the second game 18-8.