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Pioneers win Franklin County tournament
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The Warren County High School baseball team has made it a point to avenge losses, so it was no shock the Pioneers brought their “A” game against the Franklin County Rebels in the championship of the Franklin County tournament.After losing to Franklin County in pool play, the Pioneers defeated the Rebels 8-5 in the finals to claim the championship.It was the third time Warren County has beaten a team it lost to previously. The Pioneers did it to Grundy County earlier this season and started the Franklin County tournament by beating the Upperman Bees 4-0 two weeks after the Pioneers felt the sting of the Bees at home.The most important revenge game came in the tournament championship though.After losing 5-0 to Franklin County Saturday morning, Warren County battled its way back into the championship to face the home-standing Rebels.In the championship, the Pioneers put the game away with a big fourth inning led by senior Collin Hutchins.Hutchins had a two-run double which broke the game open as the Pioneers plated seven runs to take a commanding lead.The game entered the fourth inning tied at 0-0 as senior Micah McColloch had kept the Rebels off the board early.Kyle Rutledge broke the tie with an RBI single, then Lee Carden made it 2-0 by drawing a walk with the bases loaded.Warren County increased its lead when an error brought a third runner around. By the time Logan Underhill hit a sacrifice fly to score Rutledge, the Pioneers led 4-0.Hutchins made sure there would be no coming back for the Rebels when he blasted a double into the right-field gap to score two teammates.