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Pioneers sunk by Admirals
Brooks Helton squares up at the plate and is ready to hit a pitch in earlier action this season. Helton and the Pioneers won one game in the Demarini Classic in Knoxville over the weekend.

In game-four action in the Demarini Classic, the Pioneers took on the Farragut Admirals, hoping to avenge their loss from earlier in the day against Knoxville Grace. The Pioneers ultimately lost to the Admirals, 9-1, in a game which the struggles continued for the Pioneers on the mound and at the plate.
After not committing many errors against Knoxville Grace, the Pioneers committed six costly ones against the Admirals. Tyler Prater was the only bright spot for the Pioneers, going 1-for-2 with a run scored. Brooks Helton suffered the loss, going four innings and allowing six runs.
Both teams struggled at the plate in the first inning, failing to score. The Pioneers committed an error in the top of the second to help the Admirals grab the lead, 1-0. The Pioneers went down quickly in the bottom of the inning and the score remained the same, until the top of the fourth.
After the Admirals scored on an RBI triple, 2-0, the runs kept piling on thanks to two RBI singles and two steals of home, 6-0. The Pioneers got on the board in the bottom of the inning, scoring on a passed ball by the Admirals, 6-1.
The Pioneers didn’t see any more runs cross the plate and the Admirals added on two runs in the top of the sixth and one in the seventh, 9-1, to send the Pioneers to their second loss of the day.
With the loss to the Admirals the Pioneers record sits at 5-15 on the season. The Pioneers were back in action Tuesday night as they played host to Cumberland County.
Results of the game weren’t available at press time.
The Pioneers will be back on the road Thursday when they travel to DeKalb County to take on the Tigers. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.