Warriors wrap up season with loss at Warren County
By Eli Rushing | May 14, 2019 11:15 am
Thirteen seniors said goodbye to the game they love after a game three loss on the road versus Warren County.
Coming off of a 14-2 beatdown of the Pioneers in the series second game, it appeared that the boys were building momentum, but they could never kickstart the offense and fell 7-1.
Sixth inning struggles cost White County five runs and allowed Warren to pull away for a series clinching victory. Both teams got off to a sluggish start despite a pair of defensive missteps from the Warriors that allowed two runs. They first gave up an RBI single in the bottom of the second and then saw another runner reach home after an error on a ground ball in the following inning.
It appeared as if the rivals were locked into a defensive standoff when the boys fought to decrease their deficit in the fifth. D.J. Paul collected the first hit of the game for his team on a single to left and was able to reach home thanks to another single to left, this time from Tucker Allen. This rare flash of life gave White County High School hope in the form of a 2-1 deficit, but a disaster of a sixth inning left them looking at the end of their season right in the face.
A pair of walks and an RBI single was enough to end Allen’s day on the mound, but reliever Hayden Farris also could not get going. After retiring the second batter of the inning, Farris gave up two singles and a double, costing the Warriors four runs and breathing life into the Pioneers’ postseason hopes. Trailing 7-1, the boys had their work cut out for them and were not up to the challenge in their final at bats of the season. The pitching of Warren County that appeared to be so fragile in the second contest of the series held firm for three straight outs in the top of the seventh, sending the boys home with a 7-1 defeat.
Tucker Allen got the start for White County and pitched five-and-one-third innings, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out three, while walking one. Farris pitched one-third of an inning and gave up three runs on four hits. David Smith was brought in for one last out and did not allow a hit or walk. Paul and Allen earned the only two hits of the game for the Warriors.
With the season coming to a close, White County will say goodbye to several seniors, including Dyson Reece, Eli McDonald, Holden Howard, David Smith, Cameron Beasley, Macon Girdley, Dawson Ogletree, Michael Shank, Drew Young, Chris Mills, Jacob Sparks, Hayden Farris, Zach Burrier, and manager Daniel Zahr.