The Warren County Middle School baseball team improved to 12-0 on the season and kept its undefeated regular season hopes alive with a 16-2 blowout victory against Murfreesboro-Buchanan on the road Saturday.
The Pioneers had a huge six-run seventh inning to pull away from the host Yellow Jackets.
Westen Wilson led the charge for the Pioneers at the plate, going 2-for-2 with three runs scored. Jack Keele earned the win on the mound, going two innings, allowing no runs or hits and striking out four Yellow Jackets.
The Pioneers went down in order in the top of the first, but the host Yellow Jackets didn’t take advantage in the bottom of the inning and the game remained scoreless.
The Pioneers got on the board in the top of the second thanks to a Braden Bottoms RBI sacrifice fly, 1-0.
Keele handled the Yellow Jackets in the bottom of the inning, putting them down in order again and the Pioneers took advantage in the top of the third. The Pioneers scored two runs in the top of the inning on a passed ball and an RBI single from Wyatt Wilson, 3-0.
Just like the first two innings, the Yellow Jackets still didn’t get anything going in the bottom of the inning and the Pioneers kept the bats hot in the top of the fourth. More passed balls by the Yellow Jackets, scoring two runs, and an RBI single by Westen Wilson had the Pioneers up by six, 6-0.
The Yellow Jackets finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth after the Pioneer bats finally cooled down in the top of the inning to make it a five-run game, 6-1.
The Pioneers had an answer for the Yellow Jackets in the top of the sixth, scoring four runs of their own, putting the game certainly out of reach, 10-1. After the Yellow Jacket struggles continued at the plate, the Pioneers put up six runs in the top of the seventh thanks to untimely walks by the Yellow Jackets and timely hitting by the Pioneers, 16-1.
The Yellow Jackets had one more chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the inning, but managed to score only one run, losing to the Pioneers, 16-2.
The Pioneers traveled to Winchester Tuesday night to take on Franklin North, but results weren’t made available at press time. They will host the same Franklin North team today in a pivotal game with the first pitch set for 5 p.m.