The Warren County Middle School baseball team came up short in the CTC tournament championship game against the Tullahoma Wildcats on Saturday at WCMS.
The Pioneers needed to defeat the Wildcats twice in order to capture the CTC championship, but fell in game one, 10-0, ending the Pioneers magical season.
Despite the loss, the Pioneers still finished as regular season champions and runner-up in the CTC tournament. The Pioneers didn’t get anything going at the plate in the deciding game as their bats went cold, only mustering three hits.
“We had an unbelievable ride. First in the season, JV champions and runners-up in the CTC championship game. I would be lying if I said it didn’t bother me that we didn’t win the championship but I’m very proud of my team.” said WCMS coach Chad Young.
“I told the boys to take the experience and build off it. I just want to thank my team, my assistant coaches, my dad and the good Lord for the experience,” Young added.
The Wildcats were the home team in the game because they had defeated the Pioneers the previous night and were undefeated in the tournament before the matchup.
In the top of the first, the Pioneers had a couple of runners on base, but didn’t get any runs across and the Wildcats took advantage in the bottom of the inning. The Wildcats scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the early lead, 3-0, after one.
The Pioneers struck out in order in the top of the second and the Wildcats added to their lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring a run on a sacrifice fly, 4-0.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth.
After the Pioneers continued to struggle at the plate, the Wildcats kept adding to their lead in the bottom of the inning courtesy of an RBI double, 5-0, after five. The Pioneers didn’t put any runs up in the top of the sixth and the Wildcats ended the game in the bottom of the inning.
The Wildcats scored five runs thanks to timely hitting to win the game, 10-0, ending the Pioneers dreams of winning the CTC tournament championship. The Pioneers will be returning a number of starters next year as they hope to get back to the CTC championship.