After rain fronts closed area ball fields Thursday, the Warren County High School freshman Pioneers faced Tullahoma’s freshman Wildcats in baseball action on a hot, humid field Friday.
Knotted at 2-2 until the sixth inning, the Wildcat offense found some fresh air as they breezed three grounders down the third-base line, scoring three runs in the process, and making a tough deficit to dig out from under as the final score remained 6-2 in favor of the Wildcats.
“Tullahoma has a quality team, a tough team,” said Warren County High School head baseball coach Trice Powers. “It was a good game for the kids as this was one of the better teams we looked at so far. We need to walk less hitters and make some adjustments, but overall it was an excellent learning experience for the team and for the future.”
The Pioneers had a tough spot to work out of in the top of the seventh as the Wildcats had bases loaded. But Pioneer relief pitcher Wyatt Wilson threw some heat and the Pioneer D made sure no runs scored.
The Pioneers scored first in early game play when Jace Brantley scored in the bottom of the second for a 1-0 lead after a fielder’s choice. WCHS scored again in the third when John Garrett found home off a sacrifice fly by Brayden Bottoms.
Tullahoma evened things up in the top of the fourth with two runs, before having its sixth-inning rally.
Opening on the mound for the Pioneers was Westen Wilson who pitched for 4.1 innings until mid-relief pitcher Bryan Bynum pitched 1.9.