Facing the Tullahoma Wildcats for a second night in a row, this time at home, the WCMS Pioneer baseball team emerged victorious yet again defending the house with a 5-4 victory Wednesday.
Both teams started the contest with 2 runs in the first inning. The Wildcats struck first in the top of the inning scoring 2 runs on several walks, but the Pioneers countered in the bottom of the inning with 2 runs of their own as Kason Holder singled and Wyatt Wilson reached on a walk with Braden Bottoms driving both home on a hit to left field.
The Wildcats would invigorate during the top of the fourth, taking advantage of some Pioneer miscues to take a 4-2 lead.
The Pioneers, determined not to let their opponents lead stand, answered back in the bottom of the fifth as John Garrett reached on a dropped outfield fly ball and Ryland Holder drove Garrett home, 4-3. Kason Holder then drew a walk and Wyatt Wilson’s bunt down the third-base line loaded the bases. Jace Brantley drew a bases-loaded walk, 4-4, to tie the game up before the inning ended.
It was a sixth-inning decider that won the game for the Pioneers as they put together a rally with Ty Martin drawing a walk. He scored on a right-field hit by Ryland Holder for the winning run.
Westen Wilson got the win on the mound for Warren County as a first-inning relief pitcher. He completed 5-2/3 innings with 4 strikeouts, 1 hit, and 2 runs. Braden Bottoms came in as closer in the seventh. He pitched one inning with 1 strikeout, 1 hit and 0 runs.
Hit leaders for the game were Ryland Holder (2 for 3 with 2 RBIs), Wyatt Wilson (1 for 2), Kason Holder, Braden Bottoms (2 RBIs), and Omari Harris were (1 for 3).