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Pioneers bump off Shelbyville
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The Pioneers recovered in the district tournament by beating Shelbyville 2-0 on Monday after losing their first tournament game against Coffee County on Saturday. 

Shelbyville fell to top-seeded Franklin County in a close 5-4 game on Monday evening before taking on the Pioneers immediately after.

The Pioneer defense was incredible against the Shelbyville Eagles with a few double plays and pitcher Baler Melton allowing only 3 hits in a complete game shutout. Melton stayed strong on the mound striking out 8 and walking only 1, and Warren County allowed zero runs.

Melton allowed one hit from the leadoff batter in the top of the first. As the runner led off the bag, first baseman Easton Denning made a great double play by catching a line drive and tagging first before the runner could get back to base.

Melton followed this with a strikeout to make no score in the first. Will Vance went 2 for 3 at the plate and hit a double in the bottom of the first, but the Pioneers couldn’t get a run. They would correct that in the third. 

In the third, Denning doubled and advanced to third on a sacrifice grounder by Vance. Eli Kuykendall then earned the game’s first RBI with a single to centerfield to bring Denning home. Despite not scoring much, WC always managed to keep Shelbyville from scoring with their defense.

In the top of the fourth, Vance in right field chased a fly ball and dove and made an impressive catch. This was followed by a pickoff at second by Layne Roberts leaving Shelbyville without a run in the fourth. 

Denning continued his impressive play in the bottom of the fifth where he sacrificed a ground ball to hit Roberts home for a second Pioneer run. The Pioneers were patient in the low-scoring matchup and were able to recover well.

In the sixth inning after an error allowed a runner on first, Roberts made a double play to second baseman True Craven, then to first to make up for the error. The last two defensive innings were great as Melton caught a bunted pop out in the sixth as well.

The top of the seventh was intense as Roberts almost threw the ball out of Denning’s reach, but the first baseman stretched to make the play at first. Melton pitched one more strikeout to end the game in favor of the Pioneers 2-0.

The Pioneers knocked Shelbyville out of the district tournament with 2 runs off 6 hits.