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Pioneers come up short in district championship
WCHS Pioneer Trevor Collins pitched all 6 innings in Thursdays championship game in Cookeville against the Cavs.

It looked like the Pioneers might pull off another seventh-inning win Thursday in Cookeville for the championship mantle.
Down by 4 runs, after 3 innings, Warren County made it a 2-run ballgame in the fourth, 4-2.
Going into the seventh, Pioneer Isaac Golden doubled on a line-drive to center as lead-off batter. Brooks Helton scored Golden to narrow the game to 1 run with a single to right field.
With only 1 out, Warren County looked poised to get busy with the tying run on base when a series of unfortunate events ended the contest as the Pioneers were picked at second and then were retired looking, ending the inning with the Cavs still on top, 4-3.
“I thought we were a little tired early after a big series with Rhea County, but our kids battled and just came up a little short,” said WCHS coach Adam Childs. “We definitely did not quit and I was very happy with the effort we gave.”
Trevor Collins took the loss for the Pioneers, throwing for all 6 innings, surrendering 4 runs and 6 hits with 2 strikeouts.
Warren County’s best inning was the fourth as Taisei Yasunaga singled on a line drive to left field, Colby Elkins singled to right field, and Lucas Rogers reached on an error by the Cavs centerfielder allowing both Yasunaga and Elkins to score, 4-2.
The Pioneers collected 5 hits in the contest. Helton went 2-for-3 on the day with 1 RBI, Yasunaga (1 run, 1 RBI), Elkins (1 run) and Golden (1 run) all had 1 hit each.
The Pioneers season is still ongoing. With a victory in the Rhea County series came a regional berth in Ooltewah on Monday.
“This season has been great with what we have been able to accomplish,” Childs said. “Even though we came up a little short for the district championship, getting to 20 wins and a regional berth, it’s been pretty special. I don’t know a lot about Ooltewah, but they look like they are pretty good team and we will have to play well to beat them on Monday. We are excited about the opportunity though and will go at them with everything we have.”