Warren County sweeps series from Warrior baseball

By | April 5, 2018 12:50 pm

Jason Maxwell takes a swing at a pitch in the Warriors’ game against Warren County, on Monday night. Maxwell also pitched two thirds of an inning against the Pioneers, on Monday and Tuesday nights.

When the White County High School baseball team and the Warren County baseball team got together for their home and away District 6AAA series, it was the pitchers who dominated the matchups.

In two games, the pitchers combined to allow a total of 11 runs combined, 23 hits, and 18 strikeouts. Unfortunately, for the Warriors, they came up on the short side of the score in each game.

Warren County picked up their fourth and fifth wins of the district race with a 6-1 win, at White County, on Monday ,and then picked up a 3-1 win, on Tuesday, at Warren County.

To put it simply, runs were hard to come by for WCHS, and Warren County was able to take the win, scoring four runs in the third inning thanks to bunts and some timely hitting by the Pioneers.

Rhea County would score two more runs in the top of the sixth to seal the win for the Pioneers.

The Warriors’ chance to open the game up would come in the third inning when Chris Mills would lead off the inning with a hit by pitch. He would then advance to second on a wild throw on a pickoff move. Mills would move to third when Hayden Farris would hit a single to put runners on the corners with one out. However, Warren County’s pitcher would work out of the jam with a strikeout and groundout to keep the score at 4-0. The Warriors would get their only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Cameron Beasley would score on a passed ball to cut the lead to 6-1, but a strikeout would end the game and the Warriors’ chance.

David Smith would get the start for the Warriors. Smith would go four innings giving up six hits, four runs, and striking out three. Holden Howard, Maverick Jennings, and Jason Maxwell would close out the game for the Warriors. Howard would work one inning, giving up one hit and two unearned runs. Jennings would work an inning and a third, giving up one hit and striking out one. Maxwell would work the final two-thirds of an inning, giving up no hits and striking out one.

The Warriors would finish the game with five hits. Both Farris and Smith would lead the Warriors, both finishing the game with two hits each. Eli McDonald would get the other hit for the Warriors.

On Tuesday night, the game would turn into a real pitchers’ duel, with neither team able to get much offense going.

Warren County would strike for single runs in the first, second, and sixth innings, and the Warriors would pick up their only run of the game in the third inning.

A pitch would hit Tucker Allen with one out in the inning. He would later advance to second on a wild pitch and then move up third on a groundout by Farris to give the Warriors a runner on third with two outs. Drew Young would come up next for the Warriors and drive in Allen on a 0-2 pitch to give the Warriors their first run of the game, and cut the lead to 2-1.

The Warriors would get runners on second and third, with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, but Warren County would get a strikeout to end the inning. That would be the Warriors’ last chance as they would go down in order in the top of the seventh inning and fall to the Pioneers 3-1.

Macon Girdley got the start for the Warriors on the hill. Girdley would go five and third innings, giving up five hits, three runs, two earned, and struck out two.

Smith led the Warriors at the plate, finishing with two of the three Warriors’ hits. Young would be the only other Warrior to get a hit.

With the losses, the Warriors move to 4-7 on the season and 2-5 in District 6AAA play. The Warriors will return to action this weekend when they take part in the Rebel Classic. The Warriors are scheduled to play two games, in Winchester, on Friday night, and then return, on Saturday, to Coffee County High School for two more games.

On Friday night, in Winchester, the Warriors will take on Soddy-Daisy High School, at 6 p.m., and then turn around and play the host school, at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, in Coffee County, the Warriors will play the early game against Coffee County, at 10 a.m. and play Shelbyville later in the day, at 3 p.m.

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