Being at home didn’t provide much of a boost to the Pioneer baseball team.
Warren County saw its losing streak reach seven games Wednesday night after a pair of home losses. The Pioneers fell 5-0 to Neuqua Valley, Ill., and 6-1 to Glenbrook South, Ill.
Along with a 9-1 loss at Oakland Tuesday, the Pioneers have started the Warrior Classic with three straight losses. It follows four consecutive losses in last weekend’s Ooltewah Invitational.
Warren County (3-10) never seemed to find its footing offensively Wednesday. The Pioneers finished with just nine hits in two games, while scoring one run – coming in the first inning of the second game.
Anthony Sterchele stifled the Pioneer bats in Wednesday’s opener. The 6-foot-5 righty didn’t allow a run, though he ran into trouble in the sixth inning.
Down 5-0, Warren County tried to rally late against the Wildcats. Ryland Holder, who finished 3-for-3 against Neuqua Valley, started the sixth by stinging a single over Sterchele’s head. Wyatt Wilson followed with a double into the left-field gap, putting two runners in scoring position.
Brooks Helton never saw a pitch close to the zone, walking on four straight balls to load the bases with no outs.
Sterchele battled back with a strikeout, then induced a flyout in foul territory behind third base from Will Cantrell.
Omari Harris followed with a slow roller to shortstop, one he was unable to beat out as the Pioneers failed to score after a promising start. The Pioneers were retired in order in the seventh to end the game.
The second game opened with a promising offensive start, only to be quickly stymied on the base paths.
Ethan Smith and Hunter Adams started with walks, then were joined by Holder on a bunt. Smith was able to beat a throw to third to load the bases again with no outs.
That changed quickly.
Adams was picked off at second base just before Wyatt Wilson hit a sacrifice fly to score Smith. With two outs, Holder was caught trying to steal second to end the inning.
Warren County made five outs on the base paths against Glenbrook. Adams was picked off in the third with two on and one out while Ty Martin and Helton were each caught stealing in the fourth inning following singles.
More road games await the Pioneers as they continue play in the Warrior Classic. Warren County will play a doubleheader Friday at Stewarts Creek High School. The Pioneers are set to play Hillard Bradley, Ohio, at 4 p.m. and Stewarts Creek at 5:30 p.m.