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Pioneers litter all-district list
Senior Tyler Hollingsworth was named the District 6AAA pitcher of the year following a 7-1 season. Hollingsworth threw five complete games and carried 0.76 ERA in district play.

Dominating district foes seemed to make an impression on Pioneer opponents.

Warren County, which won its last eight district games to finish 9-3 in District 6AAA play, placed seven players on the all-district list released last week. New coach Trice Powers also joined the festivities, getting recognized by his peers with the coach of the year award.

Tyler Hollingsworth, Braden Bottoms, Brandon Hennessee, Brooks Helton, Ethan Smith, Hunter Adams and Jack Keele were all honored by the district coaches.

Hollingworth headlined the honors for the Pioneers. The senior hurler took home the pitcher of the year award, edging out Belmont commit and Cookeville standout Joshua South.

Hollingsworth was dominant for the Pioneers this year, taking the ball every Monday during district series. He compiled a 5-1 district record, allowing just four earned runs in 37 innings of work. The senior struck out twice as many batters (35) than he allowed hits (17) in district.

For most of his starts, Hollingworth was working with Bottoms behind the plate. The freshman took the position full time midway through the season and never looked back. Bottoms caught nearly 40 percent of runners attempting to steal in 11 district games, all while carrying a .290 batting average in league play.

Hennessee was a defensive stalwart in outfield, helping the Pioneers be one of the stingiest teams in the league. Warren County allowed just 22 runs in 12 district games.

The junior outfielder also picked up steam at the plate late, coinciding with his move to the two spot in the lineup.

Helton was a dual threat, sporting one the team's best batting averages while also being called on to pitch in a pinch. The junior finished with a .344 batting average this season and also was on the mound to close one the team's biggist victories - a 4-3 home win over Cookeville.

Smith was an offensive savant for the Pioneers, leading the team in batting average (.414), runs (34) and stolen bases (20) while finishing third on the team with 15 RBIs from his lead-off spot.

 A sure-handed shorstop, Adams helped captain the Pioneer defense. He also was best at the plate in district games, upping his .305 season average to .381 in league play.

The Pioneers had one of the best rotations in the district and Keele was a big reason why. The day two starter in district games, Keele led the Pioneers in strikeouts (51) while compiling a 5-1 record (4-1 in district) and 2.71 ERA.

The Pioneers will look to extend their season Monday when they travel to face Bradley Central.