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WCHS completes sweep over Rhea County
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In a quest for a spot in the District 6AAA championship game, the Pioneer baseball team led its best-of-three series 1-0 after a win Monday night in McMinnville.
The second game of the series moved to Rhea County and it took the Pioneers just five innings to be declared the winner. Warren County defeated the Rhea County Golden Eagles by a final score of 11-0.
Pioneer Cameron Shaw got the call to start and pitched a stellar five innings for Warren County. Shaw allowed no runs, five hits, and walked three in his time on the hill Tuesday.
In the top of the second, Jordan Tidwell blasted an RBI double and Chayse Frye smashed a three-run home run to ignite the Pioneer offense. Nick Williamson also collected two RBIs on one hit, clearing the bases in the fifth inning with a triple.
With a less than stellar first inning by both teams, the Pioneer opened up in the top of the second. Jett Urtubees led the inning off with a walk and after a failed pick-off attempt, Colby Elkins walked and Urtubees advanced to second base. Tristan Reish sacrificed himself to advance the runners. Urtubees was caught just a little too far off base and was picked off for out two and Williamson walked. Warren County still had two on.
Tidwell doubled to center field and Elkins scored to go up 1-0 and Warren County still had runners on second and third. A wild pitch followed the double and scored Williamson from third for a 2-0 lead. Tidwell advanced to third. Taisei Yasunaga drew his second walk of the game. Frye stepped in with two outs and runners at the corners. After two balls, Frye got all of the Golden Eagles pitch and he went yard for a three-run home run and Warren County led 5-0.
In the top of the fourth, the Pioneers went back at it and Reish reached on an error to lead off the inning. Reish stole second and took third after a wild pitch. Tidwell singled and brought Reish across the plate for a 6-0 lead.
Yasunaga singled and he advanced to second on a passed ball and Tidwell was at third base. Frye grounded out this time, but Rogers singled to center field and Tidwell and Yasunaga scored to go up 8-0 and the Pioneers were on a roll. The final out was a short pop-up to third base.
Urtubees was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the fifth. Reish drew a walk and with one out Williamson hammered a triple to right field and cleared the bases. Warren County led 10-0. The second out followed with Williamson at third but a wild-pitch brought him home for an 11-0 Pioneer lead.
Rhea County had to score in the bottom of the fifth inning to keep the game going, but fell short and left the bases loaded.