Blazer week filled with success, disappointment
By Christopher ShieldsFor the first time in several seasons, it looks like the Big 7’s best softball team will not be the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone.
While Boone has once again put together a strong season, holding a 21-10 overall record, Volunteer showed its earlier effort was no fluke when it opened the season by giving Boone its first conference loss in three years. Last week, Volunteer beat the Lady Blazers again.
In the circle, Volunteer’s Morgan Marshall limited the Blazers to just three hits as the Lady Falcons completed the regular season sweep of Boone with a 2-1 win on April 14 in Gray.
The Boone bats were better in their second go-around against Marshall after she no-hit the Blazers back in March, but the conference’s best hurler again proved the deciding factor between the two clubs.
Volunteer opened the contest with two runs in the first inning off of Boone’s McKenzie Ferguson and with Marshall adding nine strikeouts and a superior defense behind her, it would be all the Lady Falcons would need.
Ferguson accounted for two of Boone’s three hits and their only RBI, coming in the third inning.
The Blazers would threaten several times on offense, but Marshall always remained a step ahead, working her way out of jams and keeping Boone off the scoreboard.
The win pushed the Lady Falcons conference record to 9-0 and now they are just three games away from an undefeated regular season in the Big 7.
After weather postponed contests around the area on April 15, the Lady Blazers would return to the field on April 16 with a 9-2 win over Sullivan Central before opening play in the Foothills Classic in Maryville over the weekend.
In one of the most anticipated contests at the event, the Lady Blazers defeated tournament host Maryville 5-0.
It was a nice bounce back win for Boone, beating the team they lost to in last year’s sectionals.
In other softball action last week, the Lady Pioneers dropped contests to Dobyns-Bennett on April 14 7-5 and fell to University High on April 17 2-0 before playing in the Nuclear Fuel Services tournament over the weekend.
In baseball action, Crockett lost to Science Hill 9-7 on April 14 and defeated Tennessee High 9-3 on April 16. Boone opened the week with a 7-0 win over Sullivan Central on April 14.
Both teams took part in the Coca-Cola Classic over the weekend. Boone finished 3-1 at the event, while Crockett finished 1-3. Results are as follows:
Results at the
Boone 7, Jefferson County 2
Crockett 6, Abingdon 7
Boone 10, Sullivan South 0
Crockett 9, Sevier County 4
Boone 16, Morristown East 10
Boone 4, Sevier County 6
Crockett 12, Bearden 13
Crockett 4, Jefferson County 9