On a soggy field Saturday, the WCHS Pioneers defeated Stone Memorial 11-1 in round 1 of tournament action, but fell Monday night in Rhea County, 7-6, in a heated battle splitting tournament results 1-1.
Rhea County 7
Warren County 6
With the game knotted at 6 runs each, Golden Eagle hitter Dusty Smith hit a sacrifice fly which drove in the winning run for Rhea County.
Warren County started the game with a 1-run lead in the first, but Rhea County came back with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning, 3-1.
The Pioneers reversed their fortune in the top of the second when Cole Estes was sent to first base on balls with the bases loaded scoring Brooks Helton, 3-2, followed by Taisei Yasunaga taking advantage of a miscue by Rhea to make it 3-3, and Ethan Smith scored on a wild pitch to wrap up the inning, 4-3.
Warren County added 2 more runs in the top of the fifth as Estes scored, 5-3, off an Isaac Golden line drive to left field and Colby Elkins made Rhea pay for a mistake, scoring off an error in left field, 6-3.
Up 3 runs, the Pioneers had to defend their lead, but a big sixth inning by the Golden Eagles set them up with a 1-run lead which they defended in the top of the seventh despite Warren County putting two runners on base with 2 outs before going down swinging.
Tyler Hollingsworth took the loss for the Pioneers, throwing all six innings, surrendering 7 runs, 7 hits, and 3 strikeouts.
Warren County racked up 8 hits with Lucas Rogers and Golden (1 RBI) both going 2-for-4 at the plate. Elkins, Helton, Smith and Wesley Jennings all had 1 hit in the contest and Estes had 2 RBIs.
Warren County 11
Stone Memorial 1
The Pioneers run-ruled Stone after pushing a lake off Patrick Ramsey Field after torrential rains last week and Saturday morning.
Stone jumped out to a 1-run lead in the first, but a 7-run third inning secured a major lead for the Pioneers and a 4-run fourth followed by a short inning by Stone as the Pioneer defense knocked out 2 with a double play from Rogers to shortstop Yasunaga to first baseman Wesley Jennings, and another throw by Yasunaga to first put the game to bed.
Noah Fann earned the win for Warren County. He pitched all five innings, allowing 1 run, 6 hits with 3 strikeouts.
The Pioneers gathered 10 hits in the game. Estes, Jennings (1 RBI) and Smith (2 RBIs) all went 2-for-3 at the plate. Elkins (2 RBIs), Rogers (2 RBIs), Golden (1 RBI) and Helton all had 1 hit apiece. Nick Williamson had 2 RBIs.
The Pioneers played host to Rhea County on Tuesday night in a must-win scenario. Results were not available at press time.