Any concerns about the Pioneer rotation seem to be resolving quickly. Lefty Evan Snapp looks to be the real deal as the team's No. 2 starter.
Snapp picked up the win by helping the Pioneers complete a sweep of Shelbyville with Tuesday's 5-2 win. Senior Hayden Collins earned a save, while Jax King's two-run double in the third sparked another efficient night at the plate for Warren County.
Snapp, a sophomore, is now 2-0 this season and has shown the ability to get big swings and misses both outings. He had 11 strikeouts in his first start and nearly matched that total in his first district start, making coach Phillip King really confident in his 1-2 punch for big games.
"Getting a sweep is awesome and having another sophomore arm step up like Baler (Melton) did last year is huge," said King. "Snapp has good stuff - he came in unproven outside of scrimmages, but nobody has hit him well."
Just like in last week's big win over Northside when Snapp stepped on the mound, the sophomore once again pitched with an early lead in Shelbyville. Aiden Miller used a squeeze bunt to score Collins in the first, while King's key double in the third followed an RBI single by Alex van Vuuren to make it 4-0.
Shelbyville tried to close the gap late, but Collins was able to shut the door in relief. His late-inning work allowed the Pioneers to improve to 4-1 this season.
See Sunday's Standard for info on Warren County's Thursday matchup with Huntland.