The Warren County Middle School baseball team won its 10th game in a row Monday night as the Pioneers defeated the White County Warriors in dominating fashion, 16-2.
The Pioneers started off hot at the plate, scoring nine runs in the first inning and never looked back. Carter Mansfield led the charge, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Braden Bottoms struck out 12 Warrior batters in five innings of work on his way to a win on the mound.
The top of the first was the story of the game as the Pioneers saw nine runs come across the plate. Two bases-loaded walks, a 2-RBI single by Westen Wilson, and an RBI single by Mansfield on an error by the Warriors made it 5-0. Later in the inning, the Pioneers tacked on four more runs, courtesy of even more walks by the Warriors, and RBI singles by Rylan Holder and Bottoms, 9-0.
After the Warriors went down quickly in the bottom of the inning, the Pioneers added three runs to their lead in the top of the second. Trace Adcock drove in Mansfield from second on an RBI single, followed by an RBI single by Rylan Holder, 11-0. Omari Harris scored later in the inning on a Warrior error and the Pioneers had complete control of the game, 12-0.
Bottoms struck out the side in the bottom of the inning keeping the score, 12-0.
The Pioneer bats cooled off in the top of the third and the Warriors finally put some runs on the scoreboard. The Warriors scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, barely cutting into the Pioneer lead, 12-2.
RBI singles by Ty Martin and Mansfield and a walk in the top of the fourth helped the Pioneers add to their lead, 15-2. Bottoms struck out the side, yet again in the bottom of the inning, to keep the Warriors from getting anything going.
The Pioneers added a run to their lead in the top of the sixth, courtesy of a Kason Holder RBI single, 16-2. The Warriors, as they had for most of the game, went down in order to end the game and allow the Pioneers to win their 10th straight.
With the win, the Pioneers remain in the driver’s seat in the conference as the regular season only has four weeks left. The Pioneers were back at home Tuesday hoping to add to their 10-game winning streak against these same Warriors. Results weren’t available at press time.