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Pioneers fall in regional finals
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Stranding base runners ultimately came back to haunt the Warren County High School baseball team in the regional finals Wednesday night.The Pioneers left eight runners on base against Walker Valley and when the Mustangs made their charge in the sixth inning, Warren County couldn’t overcome the deficit and lost 10-7.The Pioneers had plenty of chances to put the game away, most notably in the third inning. Warren County had taken a 6-4 lead with six runs in the second inning and had the bases loaded with no outs in the third.But two strikeouts and a groundout followed, crushing a would-be rally that could have put Walker Valley on the ropes.Instead, Walker Valley cut the lead to one with a run in the fourth, then Logan Longwith’s three-run double in the sixth gave the Mustangs the lead for good.Playing in the biggest game for Warren County baseball in over a decade, coach Adam Childs didn’t seem to think the pressure played a part in the Pioneer bats going silent in big situations.“I don’t know if we had big-game jitters, or if we simply just didn’t get the hits when we needed to,” said Childs. “I think we have done a good job this year of coming through in big situations.