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Story published: 04-16-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Pioneers take it on chin in Boone, Crockett rematch

By Chris Shields
Sports Writer

On April 3 the underdog Pioneers went into Gray and upset the favored Blazers 15-11.

Six days later, the Pioneers and Blazers met again on the diamond, this time Boone returned the favor, winning big in Jonesborough 12-1.

As is usually the case when the two Washington County schools meet, records, location and talent level can be pushed aside, as rivalry dictates the outcome of the contest.

Unfortunately for Crockett, this time the matchup was dictated by another aspect, Boone senior pitcher, Daniel Cox.

Cox was phenomenal in the April 9 contest, stifling the Pioneer bats en route to a one-run, 10-strikeout performance.

The Blazer lefty allowed just six Pioneer hits and a run while earning the win.

Crockett was the first to strike in the contest, scoring the team’s only run in the second inning.

The lead was short lived. Boone seized the contest an inning later, a lead the Trailblazers wouldn’t relinquish.

Boone put four runs on the board in the inning, ending the day early for Crockett starting pitcher Chase Miller.

The Pioneers didn’t help their cause in the field, committing two errors in the inning which allowed for two Boone runs.

The offense went quiet in the fourth and fifth, but Boone picked up the scoring in the sixth, plating one run in the inning.

Trailing 5-1, the Pioneers couldn’t rally in the sixth and the Blazers slammed the door in the top seventh with their biggest inning of the game, plating seven runs on seven hits to push the contest out of reach at 12-1.

Crockett was held scoreless in the bottom of the inning, giving the Blazers the win.

Taylor Smith led the Blazers’ offense, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBIs and the game’s only home run.

Jacob Littleton collected three RBIs on a pair of doubles in the seventh inning and Crockett’s John Long continued his strong season with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate and the Pioneers only RBI.

The Pioneers and Blazers entered the contest having each lost the day before (April 8) against conference foes Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett, repectively.

Crockett fell to the Hilltoppers 12-2 while Boone lost to D-B, 6-1.

After downing Crockett, the Blazers picked up two more conference wins on the week, beating the Big 8’s second place team Sullivan South, 6-4, and finishing the week with a 9-3 win over Tennessee High.

Crockett fell 8-3 to Greeneville on April 10. The Pioneers are 4-14 on the season with a 2-7 conference mark.

The Blazers sit alone at fourth place in the Big 8 with a 6-3 conference record. Boone is 11-8 overall on the season.