The Pioneers didn’t need much time to dispatch Dobyns-Bennett Friday in the Grand Slam Challenge. Warren County topped the Indians 12-1 in five innings, improving its early season record to 2-1.
The entire lineup did damage offensively, eight players finishing with at least one hit. Lead-off hitter Hunter Adams paced the offense with three hits. Adams scored each time he reached base, including in the first when he signaled a night of big hitting by launching a double on the game’s fifth pitch.
Clean-up hitter Ryland Holder finished with two hits and three RBIs, continuing the sophomore’s hot start. Holder’s average sits at .500 through three games and he has a team-high four RBIs, a pleasant development after having just one varsity at-bat a season ago.
The big offensive night made John Garrett’s job easy on the mound. Garrett was spotted a 3-0 lead before he had to throw a pitch. Dobyns-Bennett scratched across an unearned run in the first inning, but Garrett worked the next four innings unblemished to earn the win. Garrett struck out three while allowing just three hits.
Other Pioneers who fueled the offensive were Brooks Helton (one hit, two RBIs) and Wyatt Wilson (2-for-3 with one RBI). Will Cantrell, Omari Harris, Dylan Ward and Ben Rivers added one hit apiece.
Warren County was scheduled to face Franklin and Siegel Saturday afternoon. Scores were unavailable at press time. Check the Standard’s website for more information.