Boone shows improvement at Coke Invitational
By Christopher ShieldsThe Blazers of Daniel Boone High School took a break from the grind of regular season play late last week to participate in the Kingsport Mets Coke Invitational tournament.
Boone opened play in the Invitational on March 28 against Walker Valley at Hunter Wright Stadium.
The Trailblazers fell behind in the contest early after the Hawks of Walker Valley pushed the first run of the contest across the plate in the top of the third inning.
In the fifth, the Hawks scored four more runs to capture a 5-0 lead, but Boone would respond.
The Blazers scored one in the sixth and held the Hawks scoreless in the top of the seventh.
In the home half of the inning, the Boone rally began.
Boone put two on in the inning and right fielder Taylor Smith broke the game open with a two-out, three-run homerun.
With the Blazers trailing 5-4, Dustin Chandler reached base on an error, but Boone couldn’t knock the runner in and a fly out ended the contest, 5-4.
The Blazers continued Invitational play on March 29 with games against Abingdon and Cocke County.
In the first contest, the Blazers used a six-run fifth to pull away from Abingdon.
Boone scored 12 runs behind 14 hits.
Starter Daniel Wagner kept the Abingdon bats in check earning the win after holding the home team to just a first inning run.
The 12-1 win set up a match against Cocke County where the Boone bats were once again spectacular.
Cocke County built a 3-0 lead after the first two innings, but in the home half of the second, the Blazers bats got going.
Boone scored six runs in the inning and added seven more to capture a 13-3 victory.
David Love earned the win for the Blazers.
Boone’s final contest at the Coke Invitational came on March 30 against North Carolina’s North Buncombe High School.
Despite falling behind 3-0 in the first two innings, the Blazers once again proved they can never be counted out.
Boone rallied from behind by scoring two runs in the third and three runs combined in the fifth and sixth.
North Buncombe scored one in the home half of the seventh, but Boone closed out the game and the Invitational with a 5-4 win.
Hunter Summie earned the win for the Blazers.
Smith hit his second homerun of the invitational with a solo shot in the fifth inning.
The Blazers are now 6-4 on the season and 2-1 in the conference.