Warriors drop District 6AAA series to Pioneers
By Sparta Live | March 28, 2012 12:00 am
After the first District 6AAA series of the season, the Warrior baseball team finds themselves having to dig out of an 0-2 hole in league play.
Picked in the bottom two spots in the preseason media and coaches polls, the Warriors of White County High School and the Pioneers of Warren County found themselves matched up in the initial district series for the two. Monday night the two met in Sparta and hits were hard to come by for the Warriors. In fact, they recorded only one hit in their 5-1 loss.
In Tuesday’s game in McMinnville, the Warriors actually had more hits than the Pioneers, but fell victim to one bad inning defensively and came up on the short end of the 4-2 final
Monday was a tough offensive outing for the Warriors. Kade Howard had the lone hit of the game, a two-out single in the third. WCHS had only three base runners the entire game.
Two of those came in the bottom of the first when they scored their lone run of the game without picking up a hit.
Trent England, who also got the start on the mound and suffered the loss, led off by taking a walk. Howard reached on a fielder’s choice that didn’t get England going to second. A ground ball by Blake Lynn moved the runners up a base. England scored on Adam Farley’s long fly ball. That would be the only time any Warriors would get past first base.
In fact, WCHS batters were retired in order in five of the final six innings of the game. Howard’s third inning single resulted in the only other base runner in the game.
The Pioneers took the early led with two runs in the first inning. After a pair of ground ball outs, England hit the next batter. He went to third on a single. Both runners scored on a two-out double.
After issuing a two-out walk in the second, England retired the Warren side in order in each of the third and fourth innings.
The Pioneers put some insurance runs on the board in the fifth. The lead off batter doubled, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a double. That runner got caught in a rundown between second and third. An error allowed him to score making the score 4-1.
England gave up back-to-back base hits to start the sixth. A bunt moved both runners into scoring position. That brought Blake Lynn to the mound for WCHS. He walked the first batter he faced and found himself facing bases loaded with just one out.
The sophomore pitched his way out of the jam with a fly ball and then fanned the next batter leaving all three runners stranded.
The Pioneers added one more run in the seventh when the first batter singled, went to third on an error on the pick off attempt and then stole home for the final score of 5-1.
England worked 5 1/3 innings allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out one and walked two. Lynn pitched 1 2/3 innings allowing one run on one hit while striking out two and walking one.
Tuesday’s game saw Holden Null pitch a complete game limiting the Pioneers to just four hits. He struck out eight batters. Warren County, however, scored four runs on those four hits aided by five Warrior errors. Only one of those runs was earned.
The Pioneers scored all four runs in the bottom of the second. The lead off batter reached on an error, stole second and went to third on an error. Back to back walks loaded the bases. A single plated the first run of the game. A sac fly plated another run and put runners at first and third. The runner from first stole second. An error plated the runner from third and moved the other runner to third. A two-out single plated the fourth run of the inning on just two hits.
The Warriors began to peck away at the lead. Null allowed just four more Pioneer base runners the rest of the way. Two of those were on errors, one was a walk and the other was a single in the fifth inning.
WCHS put one run on the board in the top of the third. Kane Young led off with a double and scored on a Dustin Cole single.
Blake Lynn doubled to start the fourth, but was left stranded at third.
The Warriors got another run in the fifth. Jalon Foster singled and went to second when the ball got by the left fielder. Foster’s pinch runner, Braxton Douglas, went to third on a ground ball by Cole and scored on and an RBI single by Trent England pulling WCHS to within two runs, 4-2.
That would be as close as they could get despite getting runners on. Adam Farley reached on a one-out single in the sixth. He was erased on a fielder’s choice by Michael Sain, who stole second and went to third on an error, but was left stranded there.
Cole took a two-out walk in the seventh, but was left stranded.
The Warriors had six hits in the game from six different players. Those were Kane Young, Cole, Lynn, Foster, England and Farley. Cole and England had RBI’s.
The Warriors (5-5, 0-2) still have a busy week ahead with a pair of non-district road games. They travel to Upperman Thursday for a 5 p.m. game and then will visit Friendship Christian Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.
Upperman (2-7) defeated the Warriors 6-4 in the season opener for both teams. Friendship Christian is off to a 9-1 start on the season. The Commanders are coming off a runner-up finish in the Class A baseball state playoffs and are regular participants in the state. They have made five straight appearances and have been six out of the last seven years. They were runner-up in 2005 and on the title in 2007.