After escaping game one of a doubleheader against White County Middle School with a 1-0 win, Pioneer fans were on the edge of their seats to start the second game Wednesday.
Warren County Middle School dismantled White County in the second gamed and defeated the Warriors 12-5.
After Brooks Helton pitched a shutout from the hill in the first game, Pioneer Sloan Seymour got the call in the second game. Seymour allowed five runs off four hits, walked six and struck out one. The Pioneer defense stepped up to the challenge and held White County scoreless for the first two innings.
Pioneer Ethan Smith led the second game off with a deep shot for a double. After an out, Brooks Helton stepped in and blasted a line-drive shot to right field and Smith scored from second base to take an early 1-0 lead.
White County came up in the bottom of the first and although the Warriors drew a pair of walks the Pioneer defense cut off any opportunity of scoring before it could get going.
The Pioneers started the top of the second with a fly-ball out to straight-away center field. Carter Mansfield singled to shallow right field. Dylan Ward drew a walk and WCMS had two on with one out. Back to the top of the order and Smith was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A fly-ball to first base for out two followed and the bases remained loaded.
Helton hit a shot to right field and scored the run from third base for a 2-0 lead. Cantrell reached on an error by shortstop and two more runs would score for a 4-0 lead.
Things really opened up for the Pioneers in the top of the third. Seymour led off the inning with a hard shot to the fence for a lead-off double. A deep fly-ball to left went for out one. Mansfield drew a walk and on a wild pitch, the two runners advanced to third and second base. An infield fly-ball recorded out two. Smith singled and drove in a run for a 5-0 lead. Attempting to steal second base and caught in a run-down drew the attention away from Mansfield who scored as the run-down unfolded at first base, and WCMS led 6-0. In the confusion Smith made it safely back to first base. Adams singled to right-center field for an RBI and another Pioneer run.
With a 7-0 lead and two outs White County called for timeout and the first batter out of the timeout, Helton cleared the bases off a deep blast for a two-run home run and WCMS led 9-0. Cantrell stepped up with bases cleared and he answered with a solo shot of his own and took a commanding 10-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, White County started with a pair of walks and a pair of singles to load the bases and put their first run of the game and it was 10-1. Back-to-back singles to left center field added to the Warrior total and the lead was 10-3. The Pioneers responded and picked up the second and third outs.
Over the next two innings WCMS would put some additional space between them and the White County and scored two more runs and were in control by a score of 12-3.
The Warriors did not produce any runs in the fourth but they did manage two more runs before their demise and WCMS defeated White County in the second game 12-5.