The Warren County Middle School baseball team finished its regular season 14-1 with a dominating victory over the Grundy County Yellow Jackets Thursday night.
The Pioneers were consistent at the plate on the night and looked geared up for the district tournament that starts next week. Ryland Holder led the Pioneer charge, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Braden Bottoms continued his dominance on the mound, going six and two-third innings, allowing one hit and striking out 10 Yellow Jacket batters. Bottoms struck out the side in the top of the first inning and the Pioneers struck first in the bottom of the inning.
The Pioneers scored on a fielder’s choice to make it a one run game going into the top of the second, 1-0. The Yellow jackets went down in order again to start the second and the Pioneers added two more runs in the bottom of the inning courtesy of a Yellow Jacket 2-RBI error, 3-0, after two.
Bottoms was in the zone on the mound in the top of the third, striking out the side for the second time in three innings of play. The Pioneers kept adding to their lead in the bottom of the inning when Ryland Holder scored off of a Jack Keele RBI, 4-0.
The Yellow Jackets still didn’t have an answer for Bottoms in the top of the fourth and the Pioneers scored three more runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to a fielder’s choice, an RBI single from Omari Harris and an RBI double by Ryland Holder, 7-0, after four.
Bottoms cruised through the final three innings of play and the Pioneers added two more runs to their lead, to win their final game of the regular season, 9-0. With the win the Pioneers look ready for the district tournament which they will host starting next week.
For the upcoming Varsity tournament beginning Monday night, Superintendent Bobby Cox will be throwing out the first pitch to kick off the tournament. The Pioneers will start their play Tuesday night, after getting a first round bye, against the winner of the Coffee County vs. Franklin North matchup.
The Pioneer JV team finished its season with an overall record of 14-3 and earned a first round bye as they traveled to Coffee County to start tournament play on Saturday. Results from the tournament weren’t made available at press time.