After suffering its first loss of the season Tuesday night at Franklin North, the Warren County Middle School baseball team avenged the loss with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night at home against the same Franklin North team on eighth grade night.
The Pioneers had a three-run fourth inning to distance themselves from Franklin North and clinch the No. 1 seed in the district tournament. Ryland Holder led the charge for the Pioneers, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Jack Keele earned the win on the mound, going seven strong innings and striking out 10 Franklin North batters. Keele put down Franklin North in order in the top of the first and the Pioneers took advantage in the bottom of the inning.
“We came out ready to play baseball, we had a chip on our shoulder from the loss and that left a bad taste in our mouth, I’m proud of the way the team played,” said WCMS head coach Chad Young.
“I think the loss to Franklin North helped prepare us going into the tournament. We are going to finish the season the way we started, strong,” Young added.
Omari Harris started the bottom of the inning with a double to leftfield. Ryland Holder followed the Harris double with an RBI single, 1-0. Braden Bottoms added another RBI on a sacrifice hit and the Pioneers had the lead after one, 2-0.
Franklin North answered in the top of the second, scoring on a homerun to cut into the Pioneer lead, 2-1, going into the bottom of the inning.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the fourth.
The Pioneers scored three runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to an RBI off an error by Franklin North and a 2-RBI double by Ryland Holder, 5-1. Keele was still dealing on the mound in the top of the fifth, as Franklin North went down quickly, failing to take any momentum away.
It was more of the same in the sixth and seventh innings, as Franklin North failed to score any runs and the Pioneers prevailed on eighth grade night, 5-1. With the win the Pioneer record improves to 13-1 on the season.
Said Keele on avenging Tuesday night’s loss to Franklin North, “We battled back, better than I thought we would and I think it was better to get a loss before the tournament.”
The Pioneers faced the Grundy County Yellow Jackets on Thursday night at home. Results weren’t available at press time.