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WCMS swept
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Jax King laces one of his two hits Thursday into centerfield. WCMS struggled at the plate in back-to-back losses last week. - photo by Jeffery Simmons

Brooms came out Thursday night at Warren County Middle School.

Coffee County completed a two-game sweep of the Pioneers, winning 9-1 on the road after downing Warren County 3-0 Wednesday in Manchester.

The Pioneers, who dropped to 1-3 after the back-to-back losses, sputtered offensively in both matchups. Warren County went hitless in Wednesday’s matchup, with Jacob Holder (16 strikeouts) and Jack Anderson (two Ks) combining to no-hit the Pioneers.

In Thursday’s home game, the Pioneers finally got on the board in the fifth inning against the Red Raiders. Logan Earls, who walked, stole two bases and was able to come in on Jax King’s groundout, snapping an 11-inning scoreless drought against the Central Tennessee Conference rival.

Coffee County still held a 4-1 lead after Earls crossed the plate and proceeded to put the game away with five runs in the seventh inning.

King was the best with the bat for the Pioneers in Thursday’s matchup, finishing with two hits. JJ Jacobs and Kayden Coates added singles.

The sweep was eye-opening for coach Chad Young, who is hopeful his team’s hitting will warm up as the weather does. 

“Hopefully the bats will turn around this week. Until then, we're going to put in some long hours in the cage,” said Young. “Work ethic is not the issue. We put in long hours working hard.

"We're not making any excuses. We're not where we want to be mentally or physically."

Pitching wasn’t an issue for the Pioneers, who got good outings from starters Wes Sherrell and Coates in the matchups. Coffee County finished the two-game series with just nine hits, three coming in the final inning of the second game.

Fourteen free passes and seven errors plagued the Pioneers, who are breaking in several new starters this season.

Warren County will get a chance to bounce back Monday when it plays the first of two games against Franklin South. The Pioneers will travel on Monday before playing host to the Trojans Tuesday night. Both games are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.