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Pioneers staying busy
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Kason Holder (seen in a preseason scrimmage) was one of nine pitchers who got time on the mound for the Pioneers in the Grand Slam Challenge. Warren County went 2-3 in the tournament. - photo by Jeffery Simmons

Another weekend of baseball awaits the Warren County Pioneers.

The high school baseball team is wasting no time getting in plenty of games. Coming off a five-game week competing in the Grand Slam Challenge, the Pioneers are set for another five-game slate this weekend in the Ooltewah Invitational.

Warren County (2-3) is scheduled to take on Bradley Central, the team that eliminated the Pioneers in the region last May, Friday. The Pioneers will follow it up with matchups against Soddy Daisy and East Hamilton Saturday. 

Weather permitting, the Pioneers were set to face Grissom, Ala., and Ooltewah Thursday night. Results were not available at press time.

Coach Trice Powers has been opportunistic in trying to pack the Pioneer schedule since taking over before last season. If the weather holds up this weekend, Warren County will get to play 10 games in the first 13 days of the regular season.

It won’t slow down anytime soon. The Pioneers are set to play in the Warrior Classic March 25-30, with five more games on the docket.

Next week will be the first chance to see the Pioneers at home. Warren County is set to play host to Glenbrook South, Ill., on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Warrior Classic.

Despite graduating just three players – all starters – the Pioneers have seen many youngsters have to step up in big roles. Injuries have beset the roster, which looked like it was going to be able to rely heavily on a senior class.

Instead, the Pioneers started as many as six sophomores in games during the first week of the season. Returning all-district outfielders Ethan Smith (elbow) and Brandon Hennessee (knee) were both unable to roam, while Will Cantrell (back) is still working his way into being able to take full reps.

Trace Adcock, a rising junior with varsity experience, also missed the majority of last week’s games.