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Pioneers cool off Heat
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Needing a win in the worst way, the Warren County High School baseball team did whatever it could to make sure Monday’s game against the Middle Tennessee Heat was played.After umpires failed to show up, two fans from the stands volunteered and got a close view of the 14-4 whipping the Pioneers put on the Heat.It took nearly 45 minutes to figure out a solution to having no umpires, but once the game started the Pioneers quickly erased a Heat lead and ended their three-game losing streak.After falling behind by two, Warren County scored seven runs in the second inning and six more in the fourth to end the game after five innings and pick up the team’s 10th victory this season.Sophomore Tristan Smith got the call to start the game and had some struggles early. Smith gave up a run in the first inning, but was able to battle out of a bases-loaded jam to keep it 1-0.The Heat got one more run in the second, but Smith was able to leave with the lead when the Pioneers exploded at the plate in the second inning.Clean-up hitter Austin Green began a big rally, which saw Warren County send 12 batters to the plate, with a single. Garrison Holmes added a double, then Logan Underhill cut the lead in half with a RBI single to left field.Kyle Rutledge followed by drawing a walk to load the bases for Lee Carden.Against a drawn-in infield, Carden drilled a shot to the shortstop.