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Pioneers split pair with Cavs
Rain forces doubleheader with Cookeville
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Warren Countys Taisei Yasunaga pins down this Cookeville player in a rundown Tuesday at Patrick Ramsey Field.

Inclement weather thwarted Warren County’s road trip to Cookeville on Monday, which led to a doubleheader on Tuesday as the Pioneers played host to the Cavaliers.
When the books were balanced, the Pioneers (6-5, 4-2) split the doubleheader, with the Cavs taking the first game, 9-2, and the Pioneers the second, 6-1.
“The first game was a really tough one, but I was really proud how we came back and earned the split,” said Warren County coach Adam Childs. “It’s always tough coming back from a loss but the guys stepped up and got a big win in game two.”
Game one found the Pioneers down 3 runs after the first inning and a 5-run deficit after two, 5-0, as Cookeville came out batting hard and getting hits. The Cavalier bats were smoking as they had 16 hits, while Warren County had 5.
A.D. Pugh led the offense for Cookeville with 5 at-bats, 4 hits and 2 runs.
Warren County got on the board in the bottom of the fifth as lead-off batter Wesley Jennings grounded to shortstop for a single. Ethan Smith singled on a bunt advancing Jennings and Taisei Yasunaga bunted to third loading the bases with 1 out. A sacrifice fly by Cole Estes scored Jennings, 6-1, and the Pioneers had a pop fly to centerfield for the third out.
The Cavaliers added another run in the top of the sixth, 7-1, and the Pioneers did the same in the bottom of the inning as Lucas Rogers reached first on an error by the shortstop, Brooks Helton singled on a line drive to left field advancing Rogers and Isaac Golden singled on a bunt to load the bases.
Having runners on all three, Warren County couldn’t capitalize, completely as Rogers scored off an error by the third baseman, 7-2, but the Pioneers went 1-2-3 on their next 3 at-bats to retire the inning.
Cookeville cemented its win with 2 runs in the top of the seventh, 9-2.
Noah Fann took the loss for Warren County. He went six innings, surrendering 7 runs and 13 hits, with 3 strikeouts, and 0 walks.
Yasunaga, Helton, Golden, Jennings and Smith all had hits for the Pioneers. Rogers and Jennings both had runs and Estes had 1 RBI.
The Cavaliers scored first in game two, with 1 run in the top of the first. Warren County quickly countered with a run in the bottom of the second, 1-1, and then it was all Pioneers as they went on to a big fourth inning while containing the heavy-hitting Cookeville team to just 3 hits in the second contest.
Scoring 5 runs in the fourth, Pioneer lead-off batter Elkins hit a ground ball which was mishandled by the shortstop giving him first base, a walk by Rogers and Helton loaded the bases.
With 1 out, Jennings hit a ground ball and reached first by a pitching error scoring Elkins in the process, 2-1. With bases still loaded, Nick Williamson walked to first scoring Rogers, 3-1. Now with two outs, Yasunaga was hit by a pitch scoring courtesy runner Peyton Norris, 4-1, followed by a line drive to center field by Estes scoring Jennings and Hunter Adams running for Williamson, 6-1.
With the remainder of the contest going 1-2-3 for both teams, the Pioneers secured their victory with the fourth-inning rally.
Helton earned the win for the Pioneers pitching 7 innings, allowing 1 run, 3 hits, and having 5 strikeouts.
Estes and Wesley Jennings each drove in two runs to lead the offense.
Warren County travels to Crossville to play Cumberland County on Monday, April 3. Game time is 5:30 p.m.