The White County High School baseball team honored its two senior members, Maverick Jennings and Jason Maxwell, on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by CHRISTOPHER WILES)
Things didn’t go so well for the Warrior baseball team in their regular season finale, on Tuesday, which also served as senior night for the two White County High Schoo seniors, Maverick Jennings and Jason Maxwell.
Visiting Franklin County would spoil senior night by escaping with a 10-1 win.
Senior night had initially been scheduled to be played against Smith County. However, because of Smith County needing to make up a District game, the Warriors took on the Rebels.
Franklin County would take the early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning. Franklin County’s most prominent inning came in the fourth inning when they scored three runs to push their lead to 8-0. Franklin County would score at least one run in every inning, except for the seventh.
The Warriors would get their only run of the game on an error by the Rebels’ centerfielder in the sixth inning that would score Dawson Ogletree, who was courtesy running for Maxwell.
Jennings took the loss for the Warriors. He went two innings, allowing four runs on four hits and walked one. Holden Howard, Dustin Guy, and Jason Maxwell all came in relief for the Warriors.
Hayden Farris led the Warriors’ offense, finishing the day with three hits in four at-bats. Jennings and Will Griggs added one hit apiece for the Warriors.
With the loss, the Warriors move to 13-11 on the season. The Warriors are scheduled to get their district tournament started, on Monday night, when they take on Warren County in a three-game series. The Warriors and Pioneers will face off in game one, in Warren County, on Monday night. On Tuesday, the series will move to White County, and, if necessary, the game will be played Wednesday, in Warren County. All three games are scheduled for a 6 p.m. start time.
During the season, the Warriors and the Pioneers matched up three times, with the Warriors winning one of the three. The Warriors won the first game of the series at home 3-1. However, the Pioneers were able to win the back-to-back games by scores of 6-1 and 3-1. The Warriors will look for two more wins starting Monday to extend their season and play for a district championship, on Wednesday or Thursday, depending on how the series goes. If the Warriors can win two games, they will also earn their first-ever trip to the region.