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Pioneers eliminated
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While the Warren County Pioneer baseball squad had been road warriors this postseason, the road to the state tournament was blocked by the Riverdale Warriors Friday night, with the perennial powerhouse sending the Pioneers home for the year, 9-3.“I’m happy with the way our players competed,” said Pioneer coach Adam Childs following the season-ending loss. “We got further than most everyone thought we would and I was proud we finished in the state’s top 16 teams.”It was the opening inning Friday that told the tale for the Pioneers (21-19), who advanced to the brink of the state tournament by defeating Ooltewah, 5-4, Monday night on the road in extra innings before losing the regional final to Walker Valley 10-7 at home Wednesday night. Walker Valley advanced to the state tournament by beating Tullahoma, 1-0, on Friday.For the Pioneers, Friday started much like Wednesday did when they surrendered four runs to Walker Valley in the first inning.