After losing game one in the semifinal round of the CTC tournament at WCMS to the Tullahoma Wildcats, 5-1, the Warren County Middle School baseball team found itself in an elimination matchup against Franklin North.
The game determined who met the Wildcats in the championship game held Saturday.
The Pioneers defeated Franklin North, 13-6, and set up a matchup with the Wildcats in the CTC tournament championship. Jack Keele led the Pioneers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Keele also earned the win on the mound, going five innings, striking out eight batters, and allowing a run.
The Gators took the lead in the top of the first inning off a Pioneer error, 1-0. The Pioneers answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs, thanks to a Braden Bottoms 2-RBI double and a Weston Wilson RBI single, 3-1, after one.
Both teams went down in order in the second and after the Gators failed to take advantage at the plate in the top of the third, the Pioneers added to their lead in the bottom of the inning. A sacrifice fly by the Pioneers and an RBI single by Carter Mansfield had the Pioneers up, 5-1.
The Gators scored three runs in the top of the fourth courtesy of a home run and two sacrifice flies, to cut into the Pioneers lead, 5-4. The Pioneers answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning, 6-4.
Keele struck out the side in the top of the fifth and the Pioneers blew the game wide open, scoring five runs in the bottom of the inning. Timely hitting up and down the lineup helped the Pioneers extend their lead to seven, 11-4, after five.
The Gators didn’t go away quietly, scoring a run in the sixth and seventh. The Pioneers answered the Gator runs with two of their own in the final two innings to win the game, 13-6 and clinch a spot in the championship game held Saturday.
The Pioneers needed to beat the Tullahoma Wildcats twice Saturday in the CTC tournament championship at WCMS. Results weren’t available at press time. Check back during Wednesday’s edition for full results.