The Warren County Middle School baseball team exploded for nine runs in the top of the third, while only managing a hit in the inning, to distance themselves from the Coffee County Middle Red Raiders on the road Tuesday night.
The Pioneers won 14-8 to stretch their undefeated streak to four games. The Pioneers were led at the plate by Omari Harris, who went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Trace Adcock also contributed at the plate going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Pioneer pitcher Braden improved his record to 2-0 on the season, going four innings while striking out eight and allowing three earned runs. The Pioneers took advantage in the top of the first with a leadoff single from Harris, who has been consistent in the leadoff role. Harris later scored on a passed ball. Wyatt Wilson scored on a walk by Coffee County pitcher Hayden Skipper later in the first to give the Pioneers the lead going into the bottom of the inning, 2-0.
The host Red Raiders couldn’t match the Pioneer lead in the bottom of the first, but after the Pioneers went down one, two, three in the top of the second, the Red Raiders capitalized off two singles to tie the score 2-2 heading into the third.
WCMS pulled away from Coffee County in the third, thanks to eight walks by Skipper, a 2 RBI single by Pioneer catcher Carter Mansfield, an error by the Red Raider infield, and a hit batter. The Pioneers scored nine runs in the top of the inning to get some breathing room going into the bottom of the third leading 11-2, a turning point in the game.
Coffee County tried to mount a comeback in the fourth, after WCMS failed to score any runs in the top half of the inning, but they only managed to score four runs, three of them coming from a 3-RBI double, cutting the lead to 11-6 in favor of the visiting Pioneers. The Pioneers scored two more runs in the top of the sixth from singles by Harris, Wilson Adcock and Will Rivers to lead it 13-6 heading to the bottom of the sixth.
The Red Raiders added two more runs in the bottom of the inning and the Pioneers added one in the top of the seventh to come out with the victory on the road 14-8, and improve to 4-0 on the season. Almost everyone for the Pioneers who started the game got a hit, including the performance by Harris and Adcock. Jack Keele had two hits, while Wyatt Wilson, Bottoms and Rivers added a hit apiece.
The Pioneers played the Prescott Middle Bulldogs Thursday night at Pioneer Park. Results of the game weren’t available at press time.