Already assured of its spot in the upcoming district tournament, the Warren County High School baseball team took the field Tuesday in what amounted to a tune-up game for postseason play.
If the outcome was any indication, the Pioneers are entering the tournament on a high note.
Warren County downed visiting Central Magnet 10-3, earning its 16th win of the year and fifth straight overall.
The Pioneers wasted little time taking down the Tigers, jumping out to a 5-0 lead through two innings before putting it in cruise control.
The victory helped Warren County finish 7-2 at home during the regular season, where it will begin the district tournament Monday.
A close call gave Warren County its first two runs. With runners on second and third and two outs, Hunter Adams hit a slow roller toward shortstop. Adams tore down the line, while the Tiger shortstop scooped and fired to first. Adams was called safe on a bang-bang play, allowing Brandon Hennessee to score.
Jack Keele also seized on the opportunity to reach home safely, breaking home as the Tigers languished over the call at first.
The Pioneers flashed the leather in the second, rolling a 5-4-3 double play behind Tyler Hollingsworth to get back to the plate quick.
Brooks Helton added to the lead in the second, belting a two-run single after Wesley Jennings scored on an error to make it 5-0.
Hollingworth, who earned the victory for his four innings of work, gave up two uncharacteristic runs in the fourth, coming on a passed ball and sac fly. Hollingsworth entered the game having given up just two runs in his 17 innings of work at home this season, part of a campaign where the senior has amassed a 1.12 ERA and 7-1 record.
Warren County responded with two runs of its own in the fourth, courtesy of RBI singles from Helton and Adams.
Freshman Ryland Holder and sophomore Trace Adcock got into the action late, adding RBIs as Keele cruised in the last three innings on the mound. The junior pitcher, who has served as the No. 2 this season, struck out four in his three innings of work.
Warren County went to McCallie Thursday for its final regular season game. The result was unavailable at press time.
The Pioneers will open postseason play at home Monday, May 7 when White County comes to town for the start of a best-of-three series. The second game is scheduled for Tuesday in Sparta, while a third, if-necessary, game would be played at Patrick Ramsey Field Wednesday. All start times are set for 6 p.m.