Warriors fall to Pioneers in district tilt
Posted By Sparta Live | April 30, 2010 12:00 am
The White County High School baseball team is jockeying for District 6AAA positioning in the final series of the league regular season slate and left themselves with a crucial final game.
The Pioneers and the Warriors headed into the series battling it out for the bottom two seeds. The fourth place team would get to host the decisive play-in game to open the district tournament. After that, the two semifinal match-ups will be two best of three series.
The Warriors came into the series with the advantage having a win over Cookeville on their record while the Pioneers were winless in their district outings. Warren County evened the series and left the home field advantage for the play-in game riding on the final regular season district game. That was originally scheduled for Tuesday in Sparta, but rain forced postponement of that contest until Wednesday. (The Warriors won that game 9-7.)
During Monday’s 5-1 loss to the Pioneers, the Warriors managed only four hits in the contest while giving up nine hits to Warren County.
The Warriors picked up two of their four hits in the first inning of the contest, but failed to score a run. The Pioneers took the early lead with a run in the bottom of the second. A pair of singles led to the 1-0 advantage.
The only other Warrior hit of the game came in the top of the third when Ethan Tollison led the inning off with an infield single. Devon Davidson advanced him to second with a sacrifice, but he was left stranded.
The Pioneers increased their lead to 2-0 with a solo homerun in the bottom of the third.
Sparta plated their lone run of the game in the top of the fourth. Kieran Mayberry led things off by reaching on a base on balls. Travis Howard and Zack Burchett both joined him on base also on walks. Mayberry scored from third on a wild pitch. The Warriors left two runners stranded. The run pulled the Warriors to within a run, 2-1.
Warrior pitcher, Josh Peterson, retired the Pioneer side in order in the bottom of the fourth. WCHS was not able to even the score in the top of the fifth.
The Pioneers pushed the led to 3-1 with a run in the bottom of the fifth. The lead off batter singled. Back to back fielder’s choice kept just one runner on. A double plated the run.
Warren County added two more insurance runs in the sixth. The lead off batter singled. A one-out triple plated the Pioneer fourth run. The fifth scored on a sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the seventh, Devon Davidson reached on a dropped third strike, but a double play ended the top of the inning and the contest.
Peterson suffered the loss working six innings. He allowed five runs on nine hits while striking out two. He did not walk any batters.
Ethan Tollison led the Warriors at the plate with a pair of hits.
Over the previous weekend, the Warriors split their four games in Grundy County’s tournament.
They opened with a 9-0 shutout over Cannon County. Matt Roberts pitched the Warriors to the win allowing just two hits. The Warriors scored four runs in each of the first and third innings and added another run in the fifth.
The Warriors followed with a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the host team. Grundy scored all four runs in the first inning off starter Brian Lambert. Jaylen Qualls came to the mound and shut the Yellow Jacket bats down, but WCHS could only manage three runs in the contest.
Qualls gave up four base hits and struck out seven.
The Warriors scored one run in the third. Travis Howard led off with a single and scored on Ethan Tollison’s triple. Tollison came home on a sacrifice fly by Devon Davidson.
WCHS added their third run in the fourth when Logan Hicks doubled and scored on an RBI single by Farley.
On Friday, the Warriors defeated Boyd Christian 9-3 with Brian Lambert getting the win. Boyd hit a solo homerun in the third and scored two runs in the seventh.
The Warriors scored four runs in the first. Three of those batters reached when they were hit by a pitch. They added two in the second. A solo homerun by Davidson accounted for one of the runs. The second came when Mayberry’s RBI single drove in Hicks, who had doubled earlier in the inning. Qualls singled and scored in the fifth. In the sixth, Hicks reached on an error and Mayberry singled. Both came home on Qualls’ double.
WCHS wrapped up the tournament with a 12-4 loss to Marion County. Kane Young suffered the loss.
The Warriors scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning. Peterson singled and scored on Mayberry’s two run homer. Young singled. Qualls and Howard both had RBI singles.
The Warriors will play Thursday through Saturday in a tournament at Marion County.