The Warren County High School baseball team saw its winning streak come to an end Monday night as the Pioneers lost, 5-2 to their district rivals, the Cookeville Cavaliers.
The Pioneers stayed in the game throughout but didn’t get the hits they needed. With the loss, the Pioneer record sits at 8-16 as the regular season enters its final weeks.
Brooks Helton had another impressive game at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a single, double, walk and an RBI. Noah Fann got the start on the mound but suffered the loss, going seven innings and allowing five runs on 14 hits.
In the top of the first, the Cavaliers struck first, scoring three runs thanks to two RBI doubles and an RBI single, 3-0. The Pioneers had a runner on second in the top of the second but didn’t capitalize, keeping the score the same after one.
Fann settled down in the top of the second, sitting the Cavaliers down quickly but the Pioneers still had no answer in the bottom of the inning as they continued to leave runners on base. The Cavaliers added a run to their lead, on a fielder’s choice by the Pioneers in the top of the third, 4-0.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the fourth when the Pioneers finally saw a run cross the plate. Helton doubled to right field, scoring Isaac Golden to give the Pioneers new life, 4-1, after four.
The Cavaliers answered the Pioneers’ run in the top of the fifth thanks to a Pioneers error in the outfield, 5-1. The game was back-and-forth at the plate in the fifth and sixth as both teams failed to score any runs, keeping the score the same heading into the seventh.
After the Cavaliers were threatening to score in the top of the seventh, Fann got out of a jam to keep the score 5-1 and the Pioneers had one final chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the inning.
The Pioneers scored a run on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Cavaliers won, 5-2.
The Pioneers were back in action on the road in Cookeville on Tuesday night taking on these same Cavaliers and looking to avenge Monday night’s loss. Results of the game weren’t available at press time.