The Warren County High School baseball team was shut out, 4-0, for the first time this season as errors and untimely hitting continued to plague the Pioneers on the road Tuesday night in Sparta against the White County Warriors, a team they defeated at home Monday night.
The Pioneers were coming off a win against the Warriors, looking to build momentum, and start building a winning streak, but that was short lived. With the loss, the Pioneers fall to 4-8 on the season.
Despite the loss, Cole Estes led the Pioneers at the plate, with a 3-for-4 showing. Tyler Prater suffered the loss, but had a solid performance on the mound, going six innings, giving up four runs and striking out eight Warriors.
Unfortunately, the Pioneer offense didn’t provide any support.
The Warriors scored two runs in the bottom of the first to make it 2-0. It would be all the runs they would need.
Both teams had their chances to score runs, with runners on base, but the score remained the same, 2-0, until the bottom of the fifth. That’s when Prater committed his first error of the game, a failed pick-off attempt to first base. A batter later, the Warriors added to their lead, with an RBI single to centerfield, 3-0, after five.
The Pioneers continued to look sluggish at the plate in the top of the sixth, and the Warriors tacked on one more to the lead in the bottom of the inning, courtesy of an RBI single, 4-0. That was all the scoring the Warriors needed, as it was more of the same for the Pioneers in the top of the seventh, when the side struck out in order to end the game, erasing any thought of a comeback.
The Pioneers were slated to go up against DeKalb County, but results weren't made available at press time.