The Warren County High School baseball team traveled Monday night to Crossville, to take on the Stone Memorial Panthers and came out with a huge 11-5 victory.
The Pioneer bats were on fire as they accumulated 10 hits and were led by Brooks Helton’s three RBIs. Nick Williamson and Colby Elkins added two RBIs apiece, while Isaac Golden contributed an RBI in the blowout victory.
Tyler Hollingsworth earned the win on the mound, going seven strong innings, allowing four runs and striking out five Panther batters.
The win was the second in a row for the Pioneers and sent their record to 10-17 on the season. The game remained close as both teams exchanged runs and it was tied, 5-5, until the Pioneers grabbed the lead in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs, 7-5, and never looked back.
The Pioneers distanced themselves from the host Panthers and extended their lead in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs, 11-5, on their way to the victory on the road, after Hollingsworth didn’t allow the Panthers to claw their way back into the game in the bottom of the inning.
On Tuesday, the Pioneers blasted the Panthers yet again, this time at home thanks to Brooks Helton’s dominant performance on the mound, extending their winning streak to three games. Helton went seven shutout innings, striking out eight Panthers, in the 6-0 Pioneer victory.
The win pushed the Pioneer record to 11-17 on the season as they inched closer to the .500 mark with the regular season coming to a close.
Isaac Golden led the charge at the plate for the Pioneers, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Will Lupo and Helton had an RBI apiece.
The Pioneers scored four runs in the bottom of the third to break the scoreless tie thanks to an error and a walk by the Panthers, scoring two runs. Those runs were followed by a Golden 2-RBI double, 4-0, after three.
Helton continued to dominate the Panther lineup in the top of the fourth as they went down in order yet again and the Pioneers added a run in the bottom of the inning. Ethan Smith hit an RBI single to the outfield, scoring Wesley Jennings, and the Pioneers had a commanding lead, 5-0, after four.
The Panthers loaded the bases in the top of the fifth inning but Helton got out of the jam.
Helton hit an RBI single to score Lupo in the bottom of the inning, 6-0, and that was all of the run support he needed on the mound. Helton breezed through the Panther lineup the rest of the way and the Pioneers prevailed for the second night in a row against the Panthers, 6-0.
The Pioneers were back in action Thursday night as they faced Wilson Central, looking to improve on their three-game winning streak. Results weren’t available at press time.