Boone, Crockett baseball done
By Christopher ShieldsThe 2013 baseball seasons came to a close for both Daniel Boone and David Crockett high schools last week.
eliminated in loss
After dropping their tournament opener to Boone, the Pioneers secured a win over Volunteer in their first contest of the consolation bracket. But Crockett’s attempt to keep their season alive ended in their third tournament game against Tennessee High on May 6.
The Pioneers pushed a runner across the plate in the contest’s opening inning to go ahead 1-0, but the lead wouldn’t last long.
In the home half of the second inning, the Viking bats exploded against Crockett starter Austin Casey, scoring seven runs in the inning.
The Vikings added a run in the third and two in the fourth to take a 10-2 lead. Crockett trimmed the deficit with three runs in the fifth, to put the score at 10-5.
It would be the closest the Pioneers would get as Tennessee High shut down the Crockett bats over the final two innings to win 13-5.
Leading the Pioneer bats were Tyler Peterson and Matt Scalf who each finished with two hits on the day.
The Pioneers ended the season with a 12-20 overall record.
Blazers finish short of BIG GAME
After losing to Dobyns-Bennett in the second round of the conference tournament, the Blazers showed tremendous poise in fighting their way through the consolation bracket, eventually falling just short of the championship game.
Boone opened the consolation bracket on May 6 against fourth seed, Sullivan South, sending senior southpaw David Love to the mound.
The senior worked into the seventh inning without allowing a run.
After putting two on in the seventh, with Boone holding just a 1-0 lead, Jake Littleton relieved Love, getting out of the inning with one Rebel run, which tied the game at 1-1. In the home half of the inning, with a runner on and two outs, Boone’s Taylor Smith brought home a run from first on a hit to the fence, giving the Blazers a 2-1 win.
Boone came up big in another elimination contest against Tennessee High on May 7, winning 7-0 against the Vikings.
On the mound, Smith earned a shutout and allowed just seven hits. He also helped from the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI.
On May 8, Boone tried to stave off elimination for the third time in three days, this time against Science Hill.
A win meant moving on to the championship game. And the Blazers nearly did it.
Daniel Cox received the start for the Blazers and Reed Hayes got the nod for the Hilltoppers, setting up quite a pitching duel throughout the contest.
The first run of the contest came in the bottom of the fifth after Cox loaded the bases. Boone escaped only allowing one Science Hill run.
In the sixth, after putting one on, the Blazers took the lead with a Jacob Davis two-run home run.
A scoreless half inning in the bottom of the sixth and another in the top of the seventh had Boone on the cusp of another win.
Cox who had been outstanding all game was given the chance to close.
With one out and two on, Hayes hit a single to tie the contest and after loading the bases, Boone couldn’t handle a grounder, allowing the winning Hilltopper run to cross.
For a team with so many seniors, it was a tough way for the Blazers to watch their season end.
Boone finished the regular season third in the conference and the postseason in the same spot.
Smith and Cox were both selected to the all-tournament team for the Blazers.