Warren County senior night honors were successful all the way around Saturday, as the eight graduating members of the Pioneer baseball team were presented plaques before the ball club defeated visiting Tullahoma, 8-5.
That was followed by a trip to Cumberland County on Monday where the team wrought havoc taking both games by shutout, 10-0 and 21-0.
Following their last two wins over Cumberland County, the Pioneers were third in the conference with an overall record of 20-11 and 11-4 in the district.
Losing eight seniors is considerable for a team to replace, but the future has some bright stars on the horizon as the WCMS Pioneers battle for CTC status this week after winning the conference regular-season title Saturday.
Graduating this year are Colby Elkins, third base, son of Beth Elkins and the late Rickey Elkins, Colton Smith, pitcher, son of Jamie and Tina Smith, Isaac Golden, centerfield, son of Eric and Nancy Golden, Lucas Rogers, second base, son of Keith and Theresia Rogers, Nick Williamson, catcher, son of Rhonda and Jerry Williamson, Noah Fann, pitcher, son of Jason and LaDonna Fann, Peyton Norris, left field, son of Jason and Lisa Norris and Taisei Yasunaga, shortstop, son of Hideaki and Kumi Yasunaga.
While we can only speculate on who’s going to fill all those big shoes, the season record of the Pioneers is testament to their success as a team.
“This has been such a great group of seniors. I have really enjoyed coaching all of them for the past four years,” said WCHS Pioneer head coach Adam Childs. “I know they will have a lot of success with college and in their future endeavors. I am really proud of the young men they have become in high school. It has been a pleasure to coach them.”
Leaving with some senior favorite moments:
“Going to eat with my teammates after practice and games,” – Colby Elkins, who received an academic scholarship from MTSU and plans to major in accounting with a minor in business.
“Woah … Woah … Woah … Woah … Woah!” – Colton Smith, who plans on attending Motlow and studying business/ marketing and to transfer to a university for two years to become a sports/ entertainment marketing professional.
“Winning the district my freshman year,” – Isaac Golden, who plans to attend MTSU.
“Coming back from injury this year and being able to play with teammates for one more year,” – Lucas Rogers, who plans to attend the University of Tennessee Knoxville for a business degree.
“Beating Bearden two years in a row,” – Nick Williamson, who plans to pursue a pharmacy degree at MTSU.
“The bus rides to and from the games,” – Noah Fann, who plans on attending Motlow in the fall.
“Winning the district championship on Cookeville’s field my freshman year,” – Peyton Norris, who plans on attending Motlow for two years and transferring to MTSU to study criminal justice.
“Every single day I spent with everybody is my favorite memory because everyone is always nice to me, and they always help me. I love everybody on the baseball team and I’m thankful for them. I’m happy I met everyone,” – Taisei Yasunaga, who plans to attend college for four years in international studies, pharmacy or medicine.