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Knoxville Grace shows no mercy to WCHS
Thirteen-run barrage in first inning dampens Pioneer hopes
Taisei Yasunaga sprints home to score a run during action earlier this season. Yasunaga and the Pioneers fell short to Knoxville Grace and Farrugut on Saturday in the Damarini Classic to drop their record to 5-15 on the season.

The Warren County High School Pioneer baseball team played its third and fourth games of the Demarini Classic in Knoxville on Saturday. The Pioneers lost game three to Knoxville Grace, 15-2, in a game that saw Knoxville Grace score 13 runs in the first inning to put the game out of reach early.
The Pioneers were led at the plate by Isaac Golden and Colby Elkins, who both had an RBI and a hit apiece. Tyler Hollingsworth suffered the loss, going only one-third of an inning and allowing 10 runs.
The Pioneers started the top of the first inning off scoring the first run of the game thanks to a Golden RBI single, scoring Elkins, 1-0. The good start didn’t last long for the Pioneers as Knoxville Grace answered with a hitting barrage in the bottom of the inning.
An RBI single tied things up, 1-1, but the bottom of the inning was far from over. Thanks to an error by the Pioneers and timely hitting by Knoxville Grace, the Rams scored 12 more runs in the inning and had the Pioneers needing to play catch up, 13-1, after one.
The Pioneers didn’t overcome the shock of 12 runs being scored on them in the bottom of the first, as they went down quickly at the plate in the top of the second. The Rams added a run to their lead on a steal of home, 14-1, after two.
Elkin’s RBI single in the top of the third was the only run the Pioneers managed to score, still trailing 14-2. That was the closest the Pioneers got in the game and the Rams added one more run in the bottom of the fourth on another error by the Pioneers, to win the game, 15-2, in five innings.
The Pioneers record at the end of game three went to 5-14 on the season. Game four coverage from the Demarini Classic can be found on page 2B.