The Warren County Middle School baseball team already knew it would start the Central Tennessee Conference tournament as the No. 1 seed, but the Pioneers weren’t going to go into the tournament on a losing streak.
Warren County ended the regular season last Tuesday with an 11-1 win over Franklin South to improve to 13-2 overall.
In what coach David Martin called “their best game all year,” the Pioneers never let up in the regular-season finale. Warren County took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after RBI hits by A.D. Majors and Colby Elkins, then continued to pile on runs to end the game in six innings.
Majors, who earned the victory by pitching two perfect innings, made it 4-0 in the second with a sacrifice fly that scored Isaac Golden. Nicholas Williamson had scored earlier on a wild pitch.
The Pioneer offense doubled its lead in the third inning with a surge of base hits. Williamson started a string of four consecutive RBI hits for Warren County that built the lead to 8-0. Golden, Lucas Rogers and Peyton Norris added run-scoring singles in the frame. Krojhn Calbert made it 9-0 with an RBI double in the fourth inning.
Norris helped keep Franklin South from rallying in the bottom of the fourth inning. With Cameron Shaw on the mound, Franklin South scored its first run in the fourth and threatened to add more. The bases were loaded with one out when a ball was hit to Norris in right field.
Norris settled under the ball as a Franklin South runner retreated to third to tag up. Norris caught the ball, then fired a strike to Williamson at home to nail the runner. The double play pumped up the Pioneers, but deflated the home team.
The Pioneers completed their impressive offensive showing with two runs in the sixth on RBI hits by Golden and Norris. Golden finished the game on the mound for Warren County, pitching the last two innings as coach Martin wanted to keep all his pitchers fresh.
Warren County will play host to the CTC tournament, which will begin Monday at Pioneer Park. The Pioneers won’t play until Tuesday, when the team will face the winner of Monday’s contest between Coffee County and Franklin South. The game Tuesday will begin at 7:30 p.m.