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Ward leads WCHS past Wolverines
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Dylan Ward, seen pitching last season, threw six strong innings Tuesday to help the Pioneers down LaVergne 5-2.

Dylan Ward showed what made him an MVP last summer and Braden Bottoms delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single in the fifth as Warren County beat LaVergne 5-2 Tuesday night.

It was a big bounce back for the Pioneers, who fell 2-0 in their opener to Mt. Juliet Monday.

Ward, the American Legion state MVP in 2018, was spectacular on the bump against the Wolverines. The senior scattered seven hits over six innings, striking out three along the way. His stellar work was enough to earn the win while Kason Holder worked the seventh to get the save.

“It was a good win. Pitching and defense really stepped up for us,” said second-year coach Trice Powers. “We are still trying to find our stride offensively like everyone is early in the year so we have to keep throwing it well.”

Warren County led wire-to-wire, picking up a run in the top of the first on a fielder’s choice from Ryland Holder. 

Hunter Adams made it 2-0 in third, scoring on a throwing error while stealing third base. 

Clinging to a 2-1 lead entering the fifth, Bottoms delivered a knock-out blow. 

Wyatt Wilson already gave the team a spark with an RBI single before Bottoms came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs.

The sophomore drove a 2-2 pitch the opposite way, allowing Adams and Wilson to score on the shot into right field.

The Pioneer pitching took care of the rest, preserving the lead as the team evened its record at 1-1.

Warren County was set to continue play in the Grand Slam Challenge Thursday against Grace Christian, but the game was canceled due to poor weather. Tournament officials are hopeful to still play games over the weekend.