The Warren County High School baseball team saw its three-game winning streak snapped Thursday night at the hands of Wilson Central, 13-2, at home.
The game remained close through the first three innings with the Pioneers taking the lead into the fourth, but Wilson Central blew the game open, scoring five runs in the fourth and eight in the fifth, to win in five innings.
The Pioneers managed to do well at the plate, getting seven hits, but they didn’t match the Wildcats scoring.
Colby Elkins led the Pioneers in the hitting column, going 2-for-3 with a single, double and an RBI. Will Lupo added another two hits, while Taisei Yasunaga, Isaac Golden and Ethan Smith added a hit apiece.
Noah Fann suffered the loss on the mound, going four innings, allowing five runs, and striking out two.
Both teams got runners on base in the first inning but neither took advantage in the scoring column, leaving the game scoreless. That trend continued until the bottom of the third when the Pioneers struck first.
Elkins shot an RBI double to the outfield to score Cole Estes and the Pioneers captured the lead, 1-0.
The Wildcats answered with five runs in the top of the fourth courtesy of an RBI single, an RBI double, a fielder’s choice and an error by the Pioneers, scoring two runs, 5-1.
After the Pioneers went down quickly in the bottom of the inning, the Wildcats added eight more runs to their lead thanks to timely hitting and miscues by the Pioneers, 13-1. The Pioneers had one more chance to score some runs or risk being run-ruled.
With two runners on base, Lupo hit an RBI single to shortstop to give the Pioneers some life, 13-2. The Pioneers got the bases loaded but didn’t capitalize, failing to score any more to end their three-game winning streak.
The Pioneers will be back in action Tuesday night as they travel to take on their district rivals, the Cookeville Cavaliers. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.