The Warren County High School baseball team suffered its second consecutive loss in as many days Tuesday night when the Pioneers traveled to Sparta to take on the White County Warriors.
The Pioneers were defeated in another close game, 5-3, by the Warriors, dropping their record to 3-5 on the season.
The Pioneers were led by Isaac Golden, who went 2-for-3 with two singles.
Tyler Prater suffered the loss on the mound, going six innings, striking out two, and allowing five runs.
The Pioneers went down quickly in the top of the first, failing to gain the momentum early on the road.
It didn’t take long for the Warriors to score in the bottom of the inning, thanks to a 2-RBI double from Tyler Qualls, to give them the early lead 2-0.
The score remained 2-0 until the top of the third when Cole Estes scored on an error by the Warriors pitcher, to cut the lead to 2-1, but that is all the damage the Pioneers managed in the inning.
The Warriors padded their lead in the bottom of the third thanks to an RBI single from Darin Coale. Later in the inning, a 2-RBI single from Logan Swoape made the lead 5-1 heading into the fourth.
Both teams started to look sluggish in the fourth, failing to put any runs on the board. That trend continued in the fifth and sixth innings, giving the Pioneers one last shot in the top of the seventh.
Wesley Jennings reached base on an error by the Warriors to start the top of the seventh, and the Pioneers had life with a player on base. After Prater flied out, for the first out of the inning, Taisei Yasunaga singled to shortstop to keep hope alive for the Pioneers. With one out and two players on base, Estes was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
After a strikeout, Jennings scored on a bases-loaded walk, and Yasunaga scored on a passed ball to cut into the Warriors lead, 5-3, but that wasn’t enough as the Pioneers lost by that score.
The Pioneers will be back in action today at home against the Coffee County Red Raiders looking to improve on their 3-5 start. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.