The Warren County freshman Pioneer baseball team held a rematch Saturday, after falling 6-2 Friday in its first meeting at Patrick Ramsey Field.
Unfortunately, the Tullahoma Wildcats took advantage of some opportunities to jump out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Although the Pioneers had a sixth-inning rally, Tullahoma once again claimed the win, 7-5.
“We have to do a better job of throwing strikes and playing defense,” said Pioneer baseball head coach Trice Powers, who had the freshman tournament in McMinnville and varsity games in Coffee County over the weekend. “All our guys are playing really hard and are trying to get better which is our primary goal in the summer. Hopefully we can have a little better success this weekend so we can carry that momentum into practice after the dead period.”
The Pioneers had their best inning in the bottom of the sixth. Their bats heated up which put them within striking distance of the Tullahoma team, closing the deficit to 2 runs after a single by Pioneer Alec Hobbs as leadoff batter started the inning strong. A single by John Garrett put runners on first and third followed by a single by Ryland Holder to load the bases for the Pioneers.
A hit to left field by Kason Holder drove in Hobbs, and another by Ty Martin drove in Garrett now 7-2, with bases still loaded and only 1 out. Westen Wilson was walked to first pushing in Ryland Holder, 7-3, while Kason Holder scored off a passed ball, 7-4.
With 2 outs, Tullahoma’s pitcher walked the next two batters for a bases-loaded situation for the Pioneers and Hobbs got another single driving in Westen Wilson for the Pioneers final score of the game 7-5 as Tullahoma put Warren County out in the seventh with a strikeout and a double play to end the contest.
Warren County collected more hits than Tullahoma with 9 compared to the Wildcats' 6.