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Security Federal Athlete of the week

Partnering with Security Federal, the Warren County Sports Authority will honor a standout local athlete each week. The WCSA and the Friendliest Bank in Town love seeing great athletic achievement and there are plenty to pick from every week in Warren County. From winter to summer, spring to fall, and on courts, fields, diamonds, dance floors and anywhere else an athlete can succeed, Security Federal and the Sports Authority are going to be on the lookout for the best of the best!

Pioneer pitching staff, WCHS BASEBALL

Week of May 2-8

Warren County just completed one of its most successful regular season runs in two decades, winning 20 games and taking the District 6AAA title. The Pioneers are also going back to the region tournament and will have a chance to win their first district tournament title since 2014.

None of it would be possible without some incredible starting pitching down the stretch.

It was impossible to pick just one starter from last week's dominant run, which included a 12-0 win over Huntland on senior night and sweeping Stone Memorial in the district tournament. In the span of three games - all wins - the Pioneers allowed just three runs in 20 innings while each of their starters went the distance.

Junior Layne Roberts has been the team's ace for the last two months and he didn't disappoint against Stone Memorial Friday. Roberts tossed his third shutout of the season, all coming in district games, to silence the Panthers in a 5-0 victory. Roberts threw a complete game, allowing just two hits over seven innings while striking out four.

This season, Roberts pitched 14 innings against the Panthers and didn't allow a run. He struck out 12, allowed just seven hits and didn't have a walk in either start.

Senior John Garrett was just as good Saturday while being asked to do extra work. Garrett threw eight innings - a rare occurrence in high school - while helping Warren County clinch the series with a 6-3 win in Crossville. Impressively, Garrett needed just 62 pitches to beat Stone Memorial, including the rare three-pitch inning in the eighth to seal the deal.

Garrett has now won five straight starts, including three in a row against district opponents.

Omari Harris made sure the week started on the right foot by dominating Huntland on senior night. Harris was dealing, allowing just three hits and no runs as the Pioneers pounded out a win in front of a huge crowd at Patrick Ramsey Field.

Warren County will play Cookeville for the district title Tuesday at 6 p.m. With a victory, the Pioneers would be back at home Monday, May 17 when the region tournament begins.

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