A roller coaster season for the Warren County High School baseball team has hit a downswing.
The Pioneers fell for the third straight time Friday, falling 11-6 to Coffee County on senior night.
Warren County (11-11) had won six straight before falling at Shelbyville last Friday. The Pioneers proceeded to drop a 9-1 decision Thursday at Mt. Juliet, then returned home and were unable to top the visiting Raiders.
Cole Estes, one of three seniors honored on the night, took the loss for the Pioneers. Estes was tagged for five runs in his three innings of work, with the Raiders turning eight hits and two free passes into five runs.
Tyler Hollingsworth, who had the game off, and Wesley Jennings were also honored during the pregame. A senior night photo can be found on 3B.
Omari Harris finished the game on the mound for the Pioneers. Harris gave up six runs over four innings, only two earned, while allowing seven hits.
The Pioneers trailed from the outset, with Coffee County getting two runs in the first frame. Nathaniel Tate provided the spark, hitting an RBI double and scoring on a passed ball to make it 2-0.
Warren County struck back with a run of its own in the first – courtesy of Jack Keele’s RBI single – before Coffee County extended its lead with three runs in the third.
By the time the Raiders tacked on five more in the fourth, the Pioneers had dug a 10-1 hole.
Brooks Helton and Brandon Hennessee helped the cause with RBI groundouts in the third, while an errant pick-off throw in the fourth allowed both John Garrett and Harris to score to make it 10-5.
It was as close as the Pioneers would get. Coffee County added to its total with a run in the sixth on an error, then survived a seventh-inning RBI single by Ethan Smith to close out the victory.
Warren County will try to get back on track Monday when the Pioneers welcome Rhea County. The pivotal District 6AAA matchup is set to start at 6 p.m.