Four seniors took an interesting route to get to senior night for the Warren County High School baseball team, but all four got sent off with a win.
The Pioneers pounded Livingston Academy 12-4 and Christian Gonzalez, Roth Nunley, Caleb Underhill and Caleb Northcutt all played a pivital role in the win.
Gonzalez, a captain, had two hits, while Nunley and Underhill each pitched two innings for the Pioneers. Northcutt drove in four runs, helping Warren County run away with a win.
Gonzalez and Nunley took the conventional route to senior night, playing baseball all four years. Underhill and Northcutt played as freshmen, but took two years off before returning and becoming regular starters for coach Joey Haston’s team.
Nunley came into this season as the team’s No. 1 starter, but an arm injury sidelined the senior for most of the season. Nunley battled back to earn the start on senior night, but was limited to two innings as he eases back into pitching regularly.
Nunley was relieved in the second inning by Underhill with the Pioneers already leading 2-1 after Northcutt and Logan Walker had RBI singles in the bottom of the first.
Livingston Academy temporarily tied the game at two in the top of the second, but the Pioneer bats exploded in the bottom of the inning.
Walker and Garrison Holmes each had two-run doubles as Warren County recorded five hits and scored four runs to take a 6-2 lead.
Livingston Academy scored a run in the top of the third off Underhill, but Warren County was able to get it back and expand the lead in the fourth.
Gonzalez began the inning with a double, then moved up to third on a sacrifice fly into right field by Holmes. Dylan Barnes also flied to right field, which was enough to bring Gonzalez in to score. The Pioneers added another run when Walker reached base on a walk, stole second and scored on a double by Northcutt.
Livingston Academy built some momentum in the fifth inning by chasing Underhill from the game. Underhill gave up a run on two hits in the inning and gave way to Derek Brumley.
Brumley, who has come on to become one of coach Haston’s most trusted relievers, shut down any hope of a comeback. Brumley gave up a hit to the first batter he faced, then retired eight straight batters, striking out three, to end the game.
Before Brumley could mow down Livingston Academy to pick up the save, the Pioneers put an exclamation point on senior night in the bottom of the sixth.
Barnes began with a single and was followed by a walk to Walker. Northcutt came up with his third hit, a double into right field which scored both his teammates.
After Austin Panter drew a walk and Daulton Foster came in to courtesy run, freshman Logan Underhill drove in the final two runs with a double into left-center field.
Underhill picked up a win on senior night, going 2-2/3 innings and giving up one run on four hits. Brumley picked up a save by pitching the final three innings and allowing no runs and one hit.
Northcutt finished with team highs in hits and RBIs, while Walker finished with two hits and three RBIs.
It was the Pioneers eighth win and second in a row as Warren County won its last game in the Grundy County tournament last Saturday.
Warren County’s scheduled game against Lebanon last night was rained out.
The Pioneers and Blue Devils will play tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Patrick Ramsey Field.