The goal for the 10-12-year-old Pioneer softball team was to take home a state title. The task proved far from easy, but in the end, that’s exactly what it did.
Pioneer had to play five games in the state tournament but ultimately walked away with the state title. By beating Warner Robins 7-6 on Thursday, the team clinched a spot in the Southeast Region tournament in Warner Robins.
Pioneer started state on the same trajectory it had in the District 8 tournament, winning its first games 12-0 and 12-2. The victories over Hart City and West Point came without much drama. The same, however, cannot be said about its games against Warner Robins.
Pioneer got the upperhand on the home squad in the first meeting with a 7-6 victory. On the brink of being eliminated, Warner Robins edged out Pioneer 6-5 in the second game, forcing a winner-take-all game Thursday.
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Pioneer fell behind but mounted a comeback in the sixth inning to take the game and claim the state championship.
Pioneer looks to continue their success in Warner Robins during the Southeast Region tournament. The team’s first game is July 27 against Florida.
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