Last updated on April 14, 2019
By Erin Holloway
The Volunteer State Community College Pioneers lost three game series, 1-2, against the second team in conference, Walters State Community College, and sweeps Cumberland University JV, 2-0.
The Pioneers traveled to Morristown, Tennessee to face Walters State Community College March 22 and 23.
“Game one was really close, tied 0-0 going into the fourth. In the fifth, they got a hit, the next guy gets a walk, and the next guy hits a grand slam,” said head coach Ryan Hunt.
Walters State would go on to score all six runs they would need to win, 6-1.
“Offensively, we couldn’t get anything going against their best guy, and that first game got away from us,” Hunt added.
In the second game, the Pioneers pulled out a tight win with the final score being 7-5.
Being at the bottom of the standings and being able to beat the second team in the conference was a huge feat for the Pioneers.
“We came out and set the tone early, scored one in the first inning and capitalized off some of their mistakes early in the game, and it gave us a lead and we held on to win the game,” said assistant coach Jason Barrett.
The Pioneers tied the series 1-1 with their play.
“We got really good starting pitching from our guys. They kept us in the game,” Hunt added.
The Pioneers dropped game three after giving up another six-run inning later in the game, after they kept the game close early, and eventually lost 10-5.
“Overall they played well, we just had a couple of bad innings, but the guys played hard all series long,” said Barrett.
Against Cumberland University’s JV, the Pioneers swept that two-game series with the final scores of 16-3 and 10-2.
The Pioneers faced off against Cumberland a few weeks prior, with both teams winning one game out of a two-game series.
“We came out strong in game one. First time we took the game for granted and didn’t start off good, but this time, the guys came out swinging and playing hard,” said Hunt.
These wins mean a lot to the Pioneers right now, with their struggles lately, they said they hope they can keep this momentum going forward, so they can climb back up the standings.
The Pioneers will be facing off against two teams this week, Freed Hardeman JV and Jackson State Community College, with the first game being April 3, at 2 p.m.
The Pioneers will face Freed Hardeman at home on Vol State’s main campus in Gallatin, Tennessee.
The Pioneers will travel to Jackson, Tennessee to face off against Jackson State Community College in a three-game series April 5.
Game one of that series will be Tuesday, April 5, at 2 p.m. Games two and three will be Wednesday, April 6, at noon and 2:30 p.m.