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Pioneers reflect on 18-win season
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The WCHS baseball team got knocked out of its district tournament on Tuesday after beating Shelbyville on Monday. Coffee County gave the Pioneers their last loss of the season, placing them third in the season and tournament.

WCHS coach Phillip King said, “I’m really proud of the ’22 Pioneer baseball team. These kids came out every day and worked their tails off and it showed. Winning 18 games after losing a bunch of upperclassmen the year before is a testament to the work they put in. I feel like day in and day out if you came and watched them play, they represented our school, our community and our program with class and a competitive spirit that was second to none.”

King is optimistic about the future for the seniors leaving this year saying, “We will really miss these seven seniors and what they have meant to our program the last three years since I’ve been here. Some of them are going to go on and play at the next level but whatever these young men choose to pursue, I have no doubt they will be successful at it.”

He continued, “Replacing them is going to be tough. Losing a guy like Layne Roberts who was a back-to-back Pitcher of the Year is not something that’s easy to do. But our younger guys throughout the season worked very hard and there are a lot of guys coming back that have a ton of varsity and district experience.”

“This next season, for us to be successful, this group is going to have to hit the weight room hard. We are going to have to get bigger and stronger, and some guys are going to have to take that next step growth-wise, mentally and physically, if we are going to compete on a schedule like we are used to putting out.”