Coming off their victory over Rhea County to finish in third place last Monday, the Warrior baseball team could not carry that momentum over into Monday’s game at Warren County and Tuesday’s game at White County.
Monday night’s game came down to the last play, but the Warriors were on the wrong end of a 6-5 defeat to the Pioneers. The game was tied at 5, with Warren County batting in the bottom of the seventh when a walk brought in the winning run.
On Tuesday night, the Warriors’ offense struggled to get going, as the Pioneers dispatched them by a final score of 10-3.
On Monday night, the Warriors would jump out to the early 1-0 lead. Hayden Farris led off the inning with a single. After a sacrifice bunt by Tucker Allen would move Farris to second, Jason Maxwell would come up next and take a 3-2 pitch to left field for a double, scoring Farris and giving the Warriors an early 1-0 lead.
However, the Pioneers would come up with a big inning in the bottom of the first inning. The Pioneers would score five runs in the bottom of the first to take a 5-1 lead. The Warriors, though, would buckle down and keep the Pioneers scoreless the seventh inning. The Warriors’ offense would chip away at the lead for the rest of the game.
In the third inning, Maxwell would single, scoring a run to cut the lead to 5-2. The Warriors would score on an error and a single by Allen in the sixth inning to cut the lead to 5-4.
The Warriors would tie things up in the top of the seventh inning at 5-5 when Macon Girdley would single, scoring Maxwell.
The Pioneers, though, would answer, scoring one run in the bottom of the seventh inning to with 6-5.
David Smith got the start for the Warriors. He went four and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out five. Holden Howard and Maxwell came in relief for the Warriors to finish out the game.
The Warriors’ offense tallied 10 hits on the day. Drew Young, Farris, and Maxwell all had multiple hits for the Warriors. Young went 3 for 4 at the plate to lead Warriors in hits.
On Tuesday night, the Warriors would capture the lead in the second inning. Cameron Beasley would hit a sac fly, scoring one run for the Warriors to give them a 2-1 lead.
However, Warren County evened things up at two in the top of the third inning on a single, scoring one run to make it 2-2.
Warren County would take the lead for good in the fourth inning when they scored six runs to take a commanding 8-2 lead.
In the fifth inning, the Warriors would cut into the lead. Allen and Smith would hit back-to-back singles, with two outs to get the Warriors going. Maxwell would come up next for the Warriors and hit a double to left field, scoring Allen and cutting the lead to 8-3.
Warren County would answer, though, with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a commanding 10-3 lead, and the Warriors could never respond.
Girdley took the loss for the Warriors. He went three and two-thirds innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits, striking out two and walking one. Maverick Jennings came in out of the bullpen for the Warriors. Jennings went the final three and a third innings for the Warriors, giving up two hits, two runs, and struck out three.
With the losses, the Warriors finish their season with a 13-13 record. The Warriors will say goodbye to two seniors.