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Pioneers start season with pair of victories
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Last season’s resurgence for the Warren County High School baseball program began with a five-game winning streak. This year’s Pioneer team looks ready to follow the same steps.Warren County began the first week of the season with back-to-back victories, beating Livingston Academy 8-3 at home Tuesday and holding off Upperman 7-6 on the road Wednesday.After several down years, coach Adam Childs injected life into the baseball program last year and led the team to 21 victories and a berth in the substate tournament.A repeat of last year’s success seemed to be a lot to ask of a team that lost 12 seniors, but the Pioneers picked up right where they left off when senior Kyle Rutledge took the mound Tuesday night at Patrick Ramsey Field.The staple of the Pioneer baseball team under coach Childs has been solid pitching, spectacular defense and opportunistic offense. All three were on display this week, starting with the work of Rutledge Tuesday.The senior hurler pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four.