The Warren County High School baseball team, which had lost six of its last seven games, was defeated by the DeKalb County Tigers at home Thursday night, 5-1.
Things didn’t get much better for the Pioneers in this one, after being shut out in White County on Tuesday night. The Pioneers committed three costly errors, especially in the fourth inning, a problem that has haunted them all season.
Taisei Yasunaga lit up the stat sheet, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and one run scored. Trevor Collins suffered the loss on the mound, going seven innings, with five strikeouts and allowing five runs.
The Tigers suffered two quick outs in the top of the first, but managed to get a run across courtesy of an RBI single, 1-0.
After Yasunaga and Cole Estes reached base to start the bottom of the inning for the Pioneers, Colby Elkins drove Yasunaga in from third to tie the game, 1-1.
Both teams went down in order in the second. The Tigers were threatening in the top of the third, but Collins settled down to get out of the inning. The Pioneers had their chances in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, but didn’t capitalize. It was the inning for errors in the top of the fourth, for the Pioneers, as they committed two of them, leading to three Tiger runs in the inning, 4-1.
The Pioneers were retired in the bottom of the inning, and both teams were sluggish at the plate in the fifth to keep the score 4-1 after five. Collins prevented the Tigers from doing any more damage in the top of the sixth, but the Pioneers still didn’t have an answer in the run column, in the bottom of the inning.
Going into the seventh and final inning, the Pioneers needed their bats to come alive or suffer their second loss in a row. The Tigers added a run to their lead in the top of the seventh thanks to another error by Collins, 5-1. The Pioneers remained ice cold at the plate in the bottom of the inning, to suffer their seventh loss in eight games, making their record 4-9 on the season.
The Pioneers will be back in action tomorrow as they travel to take on Rhea County. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.