Warren County may be turning around its season at the best time. The Pioneers broke a losing streak over the weekend by beating Sparta and Cookeville on back-to-back days, then ended an even longer losing streak in district Monday night.
Hayden Collins and Baler Melton led the Pioneers to a 4-3 victory at Franklin County, snapping a six-game slide for Warren County against District 6-4A foes and continuing the team's momentum as the postseason approaches.
Collins, on fire of late in the lead-off role, had three hits and two RBIs to pace the Pioneer offense. He was in the middle of putting his squad up 3-0 by the second inning by singling and scoring in the first and ripping a two-out, two-run triple in the second.
Coupled with a three-hit performance in Saturday's 8-2 win at Cookeville, Collins is now hitting .387 and has hits in eight of his team's last nine games.
Aiden Miller, just a day after his birthday, singled and scored on a passed ball in the fourth to make it 4-0 in favor of the Pioneers.
The Rebels wouldn't go away without a fight. Franklin County pushed across a run in the fourth and scored two more on the fifth to get within a run, but Melton wasn't going to let another win slip through his fingers.
He was able to pitch around two-out singles in each of the last two innings to lock down a complete-game win on the bump for the Pioneers. It was the first win for the junior since March 20.
Easton Denning added a key double to drive in Collins and start the scoring Monday.
In Saturday's victory, Warren County plated six runs in the eighth to beat the Cavalier in extra winnings. Alex Tallent was tremendous in relief to pick up the win and Logan Earls and Alex van Vuuren each had RBI singles to break the tie in the eighth.