Amateur Tour points race heating up

From STAFF REPORTS
The Food City Amateur Tour points race is heating up after the East Tennessee Amateur.
In the Regular Division, Nick York, of Kingsport, rode a win at the ETA to the top of the standings and has a two point lead over Carlson Cox, of Church Hill.
Both players have nearly cemented a place on the Food City Cup team to take on the Pros in October.
Sasha Catron, of Greeneville, and Jonesborough resident Chip Spratlin are in third and fourth place respectively. Newcomers to the current team include Bristol’s David Talley in fifth place and Johnson City resident Bryan Sangid in sixth place after good finishes earlier this month.
Jonesborough resident Zack Breedlove is in seventh place. Other Jonesborough golfers include Dane Voss, in 12th place; Zach Botts in 14th place; Jared Songster in 24th place; and Michael Alread in 49th place.
The next stop is the Lonesome Pine Invitational and many players are still in striking distance of making the team.
The top three golfers in the senior division remain the same with Chuckey’s Mike Freels holding a very healthy lead over Tony Green, of Kingsport, and Wayne Hounshell.
Jonesborough residents Donnie Bradford and Mitch Cox are among five golfers tied for 32nd place in the division.
The Food City Tri-Cities Amateur Championship will be played August 28-29 at The Ridges Golf & Country Club.
The field will be limited to 48 players and will consist of regular and senior (50+) divisions.
Applications are open to all residents in the Tri-Cities area or who are a member of a club in the Tri-Cities area and meet the USGA definition of an amateur golfer and possess a USGA Handicap from a TGA or VSGA Member Club or course.
All applications will be reviewed to verify that each entrant has an official USGA Handicap Index. Any amateur whose name does not appear on the handicap roster will be ineligible.
The Tri-Cities area includes the following Tennessee counties: Washington, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Greene, Grainger, Claiborne, Hancock, Hawkins and Carter. Virginia counties are: Lee, Scott, Washington and Wise.
The entry form is available online at www.TriCitiesGolf.org.

Practice makes perfect

David Crockett High School students Jordan Miller, left, and Aaron Hensley spent Friday afternoon getting in some soccer practice at the Lamar School fields. Miller, 15, is a rising junior at Crockett. Hensley is a rising sophomore at the high school. Both are members of the DCHS soccer team.

Local golfers place in Tri-Cities Jr. Tournament

The Tri-Cities Jr. Series results for local participants
from the Country Club of Bristol are:
Boys 10-11 Media Results
2. Will Botts, Jonesborough, 41 +5
Boys 12-13 Media Results
3. Heath Ratliff, Fall Branch, 81 +10
12. Christopher Deal, Jonesborough, 110 +39
Boys 16-18 Media Results
1. Leif Ratliff, Fall Branch, 71 E
T6. Codie Campbell, Jonesborough, 79 +8
T13. Justin Eldridge, Jonesborough, 85 +14
18. Zach Hancock, Jonesborough, 87 +16

Sports stars turn out for Niswonger Tournament

From STAFF REPORTS
The stars were out in full force Monday morning, as the Mountain States Foundation Golf Classic kicked off at The Ridges Golf Course and Country Club in Jonesborough.
NFL greats Peyton Manning and Jason Witten were among the celebrities to take part in the tournament. Manning, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, returned to the tournament for the second year.
Witten, who plays for the Dallas Cowboys, joined in the fun after first hosting a football camp in nearby Elizabethton last week.
Also in attendance were University of Tennessee football coach Phil Fulmer and UT men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl as well as professional golfer Corey Pavin.
The tournament is a part of a fundraiser to bring in money for Niswonger Children’s Hospital and its growing list of medical needs.
A silent auction held as a part of the fundraiser brought in $100,000 alone thanks to some of the celebrities, who contributed donations that included top-of-the-line tickets to upcoming NFL games.
“This has been one of our best (fundraiser events) ever,” said Patty Bolton, event director. “We’ll topple the $200,000 mark when all is said and done.”
Bolton said all the spots in the golf tournament were filled and children who live in The Ridges were excitedly standing along the course as Manning and others made their way through the course.
“The celebrities are being great,” Bolton said. “They are signing footballs and being greeted by a lot of the (neighborhood) children.”
The field was limited to 112 golfers, all of whom paid to play alongside the celebrities.
For more photos from the event, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.

Local golfers lead the way in Tri-Cities tourney

From STAFF REPORTS
Several Jonesborough residents are among golfers leading the way in the Tri-Cities Amateur Tour thus far. Standings as of the recent Links Hill Invitational show a close points race at the top.
According to event organizers, winning an event makes a big difference in points.
To date, each of the fields in the Invitational have been increased about 50 percent in the Championship Flights.
In the regular division, Jonesborough’s Chip Spratlin sits in second place with 69 points. Local golfer Dane Voss is in seventh place so far, with 44.5 points while Zach Botts, of Jonesborough, sits in 10th place with 35 points.
Others from Jonesborough participating in the tour include Zack Breedlove, currently in 12th place; Jared Songster, currently in 41st place; and Michael Alread, currently in 43rd place.
In the senior division of the same tour, Jonesborough residents Mitch Cox and Donnie Bradford are tied for 26th place.
The Tour continued over the weekend at the Graysburg Amateur event. The East Tennessee Amateur outing is set to start on Friday, July 2.
In the Tri-Cities Jr. Series, held at the Johnson City Country Club on June 12, Jonesborough residents also placed well.
In boys 16-18 Media Results, Zach Botts placed first, Travis Campbell, third, and Codie Campbell tied for sixth. Justin Eldridge came in ninth. In boys 10-11 Media Results, Will Botts placed first. In boys 12-13 Media Results, Alex Bradford finished fourth.

‘Rader Team’ finishes first at SSVFD golf contest

CONTRIBUTED
Results are in from the Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire Department’s golf tournament.
Finishing in first place was the Rader Team, consisting of Kim Crabtree, Rick Frazier and Lynna Rader.
The Mark Peterson team came in second place at the event while the Michael Kite team finished in third place.
The best average of the day went to Sam Drain, Brad Jones, Rick Bryoles and David Fletcher.
Second place average went to Wade Whitson, Larry Arnold, Mickey Eastwood and Bob Pardue.
The third place average was earned by the Bob Stouts’ Team.
Earning closest to the pin awards were Sonny Johnson on Hole 6; Michael Guinn on Hole 15; Gary Carr on Hole 9; Lynna Rader on Hole 14; and Ben Carder on Hole 17.

‘Bluegrass Half Marathon’ to debut in September

The first annual “Bluegrass Half Marathon and Expo Fueled by Earth Fare” is a weekend full of events for the entire family.
It all gets started on Saturday, September 25, with registration and an expo at the Carnegie Hotel where various vendors will be on hand with food, freebies, along with health and exercise tips.
Also that morning is the Itty Bitty Bites one-mile run, a culmination of a weeks-long program to help fight childhood obesity, stressing the importance of exercise and healthy eating.
Prior to the event, Johnson City school children will be encouraged to run or walk a mile or two each week and then hit the 13.1-mile mark when they run the “mini-marathon.”
This one-mile run is open to all children, including those visiting from out of town.
The main event, where runners will complete the entire 13.1-mile half-marathon, is September 26 at 8 a.m.
Runners will be entertained with bluegrass music along the race route courtesy of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Program.
“We’re very excited to incorporate so many aspects of our area into this event,” said Karen Hubbs, director of sports development at the Johnson City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Visitors and locals alike will walk away with a real taste of our way of life — the beautiful scenery they’ll see on the run, the bluegrass music they’ll hear and the value we place on our health and children. We think it’ll give people a reason to come back.”
For more information about the event, go to: www.bluegrasshalfmarathon.com.

Crockett awards team at Baseball Banquet

David Crockett High School recently held its Baseball Banquet, where it honored team members with awards.
Most Valuable Player, and the Big Stick award given for best hitting, went to Clinton Freeman, who was also named Big 8 Conference Player of the Year.
The Gold Glove award for defense went to Drue Deloach.
Chris Marti won Top Pitcher, and Dillon Wells won the Teammate honor.
Most Improved went to Aaron Blevins. Ty Shipley won the Hustle Award. The award for stolen bases, the Golden Spikes, went to Jacob Berry.
From the Crockett team, Freeman, Marti, Deloach and Sam Tarlton were named to the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association All-Region Team.

Crockett’s Freeman named Big 8 Player of the Year

From STAFF REPORTS
The Big 8 Conference has recently named David Crockett standout pitcher and batter Clinton Freeman as its Player of the Year.
Freeman, who batted No. 2 in the lineup for the Crockett Pioneers, had a .545 batting average with eight homers, 48 RBIs, and a state-record 25 doubles during the season.
However, his success was not limited to his bat.
From the pitcher’s mound, Freeman went 7-3 with an ERA of 3.7. He managed to strike out 118 batters in just 70 innings.
Freeman is expected to play baseball for the East Tennessee State University men’s team next year.
Tennessee High’s Gil Payne won Coach of the Year.
First Team All-Conference were Kevin Connell (DB); Christian Green (VH); Hunter Roosenbaum (SC); Reid Mattews (SS); Daniel Norris (SH); Steven Mullins (TH); Nick Laughery (DB); Drue Deloach (DC); Will Craig (SH); Lance Cunningham (TH); Bo Delgaicco (SH); Dylan Crockett (TH); Jacob Berry (DC); Chris Marti (DC); Ryan Seabolt (DB); Nathan Millsap (DB); Zack Thompson (SH); Cory McPearson (SH); Austin Snyder (TH); Sam Tarlton (DC); Elijah Sutherland (DB); Faley Dick (SS) Kyle Brandon (DB).
Honorable Mention Players from Daniel Boone High School were Hayden Chandley, Travis Keever, Steven McInturff, Josh Starkey and Caleb Cochran.
From David Crockett. Joe Ganger was named to honorable mention.

Boone’s Lady Trailblazers head home after state tourney loss

From STAFF REPORTS
After a record-setting and groundbreaking season, the Lady ‘Blazers will return to Daniel Boone High School this week, back from the team’s first-ever trip to the Class AAA state tournament in Murfreesboro.
A 5-0 loss to Jefferson County in the losers’ bracket of the tournament sent the ‘Blazers home.
Senior pitching ace Cora Baker allowed eight of her 12 hits in the last three innings, with the Patriots bringing the score to 5-0 to end it. The Patriots also had two unearned runs to begin their scoring.
Jefferson County pitcher Whitney Leon held the usually bat-happy Lady ‘Blazers to just three hits and no runs.
As a pitcher, Baker went 29-4 for the season. But her success was not limited to the pitcher’s mound. She batted .386 on the year, had seven home runs and 45 RBIs.
Katie Clark, the other of the two seniors on Boone’s otherwise young team, batted .316 on the year with 10 doubles and 28 runs.
Boone’s team made history with its number of wins, most wins by a single pitcher and the first appearance by the softball team in a state tournament.
Boone made it to Murfreesboro with a win against Seymour and a previous win against Jefferson County for the Region 1-AAA championship by a close score of 2-0.

Boone’s Lady Trailblazers earn state berth with record 40th win

From STAFF REPORTS
The Daniel Boone High School softball team is on a roll — and they have one very talented Baker to thank.
The girls’ softball team won against Knox Powell on Friday 2-0 in the Class AAA sectionals.
It was the Lady ‘Blazers record-setting 40th win, compared to just seven losses on the season.
Boone will play Soddy-Daisy on Wednesday at the Murfreesboro Sports Complex and McKnight Fields.
Great defensive plays kept the Lady ‘Blazers ahead, and senior pitcher Cora Baker allowed just five hits, adding to her spectacular season.
Andrea Rogers helped bring in the two runs for Boone, with singles in the first and third innings to score Jessie Wheelock and Jennine Duncan.
The ‘Blazers earned the right to play Powell after their win against Jefferson County in the regional championship game.
Baker hit a two-run home run to bring in the only two runs scored in the Jefferson County game, the Region 1-AAA softball championship. It was her seventh home run of the season and 15th in her career.
She also struck out eight batters and only allowed five hits, earning her 27th win on the season. She has only two losses.
Defensive plays from Jessie Wheelock and Kellie Waycaster helped shut out Jefferson County.
Kayla Sanders went 2-for-3 in the win, with two singles.
Baker also led the Lady Trailblazers in their 3-2 victory in the Region 1-AAA semifinal game against Seymour on Monday.
Baker, the team’s star pitcher, allowed only five hits in the game then turned around to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Lady Trailblazers.

Crockett baseball’s shot at state ends in loss to Knox Farragut

FROM STAFF REPORTS
It was a familiar scenario for David Crockett’s baseball team.
Knox Farragut ended the Pioneers’ shot at the state tournament for a second time in two years on Friday in the Class AAA sectionals at John Heatherly Field.
Last year, the Admirals also beat the Pioneers 10-1 in the state sectionals, ending a state run for Crockett.
The Admirals’ left-handed pitcher held the Pioneers to one run in the 11-1 win, only allowing five hits over the same number of innings.
In the loss, Crockett was able to get runners on base, but unable to bring them in for runs.
The Pioneers left eight runners on base.
Clinton Freeman went 2-for-2 and had two of the Pioneers’ five singles.
Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, Crockett fell to Science Hill 8-5 in the Region 1-AAA championship game.
The ‘Toppers managed to score five runs in the sixth inning to lift themselves over the Pioneers, who had held the lead until then.
Science Hill was a hill the Pioneers just couldn’t get over, losing five times in six games against the ‘Toppers this season.
Freeman was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs for the Pioneers.
Aaron Blevins was 2-for-3 at the plate, and Chris Marti had a two-run single to bring the Pioneers three runs in the fifth inning.
Crockett baseball defeated Sevier County in last Monday night’s Region 1-AAA semifinal game.
The Pioneers won the hard-fought game in Sevierville by a score of 7-5.
Senior Drue Deloach propelled the Pioneers to overcome a three-run deficit when he hit a three-run double to tie the game at 4-4.
The score stayed that way until the top of the ninth inning when Crockett brought in three runs to make it 7-4, leaving just one chance left for Sevier County to catch up.
Senior Clinton Freeman started the scoring streak, hitting a double that brought in teammate Sam Tarlton.
The Sevierville team managed to bring in one run in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t get any closer to the Pioneers.
That win sent the Pioneers on to play Science Hill for the championship, where they lost.
Science Hill has gone on to make its fourth state appearance in five years.

Crockett earns a win against Sevier County

FROM STAFF REPORTS
The David Crockett High School baseball team lived to see another day, defeating Sevier County in Monday night’s Region 1-AAA semifinal game.
The Pioneers won the hard-fought game in Sevierville by a score of 7-5.
Senior Drue Deloach propelled the Pioneers to overcome a three-run deficit when he hit a three-run double to tie the game at 4-4.
The score stayed that way until the top of the ninth when Crockett brought in three runs to make it 7-4 with just one chance left for Seveir County to catch up.
Senior Clinton Freeman started the streak, hitting a double that brought in Sam Tarlton.
The Sevierville team managed to bring in one run in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t get any closer to the Pioneers.
The Pioneers will once again face local foe Science Hill, this time for the championship game.

From STAFF REPORTS
The Daniel Boone High School softball team is on a roll — and they have one very talented Baker to thank.
Senior Cora Baker led the Lady Trailblazers in their 3-2 victory in the Region 1-AAA semifinal game against Seymour on Monday.
Baker, the team’s star pitcher, allowed only five hits in the game then turned around to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Lady Trailblazers.
The Lady Trailblazers will host Jefferson County on Wednesday in the regional championship game.

Lady Pioneers’ basketball team gets new coach

When the Lady Pioneers’ basketball team takes the the hardwood next season, they’ll be under the leadership of a new coach, one who plans to make each of the players a part of her family.
“I’m a huge family person. I have an awesome family and close group of friends that mean the world to me,” said Rebecca Muncy, a Greene County native and Crockett’s newest coach. “And to me, a basketball team is more like a family, so I’m going to operate it that way.”
Muncy, a 2001 graduate of Chuckey-Doak High School and 2005 graduate of Tusculum College, will lead the Crockett team after spending last year as an assistant coach for the Dobyns-Bennett girls’ basketball team.
“I’m very, very passionate about basketball and teaching the fundamentals. I’m a big believer in keeping it simple out there,” Muncy said of her coaching style. “My big focus, if I have one, is probably defense. I know offense is important, but defense can really win some basketball games.”
While Muncy said she sees a “great future” for the girls’ basketball program at Crockett, she said it will be up to her players to decide how they do in the upcoming season.
“It’s their team. I want them to play a big part in what they’re going to do this season,” she said. “There’s a lot of potential to put a competitive team on the court each night.”
For a coach who says she’s “one of the most competitive people you’ll ever meet,” that’s good news.
Muncy, 27, said she will spend the summer working with the girls at camp so she can build on what has already been started in the basketball program. She also said she wants to be active in the junior varsity team as well as the programs at the high school’s five feeder schools.
“I want to get to know all of those feeder schools and their programs so we can build off of what they are doing,” Muncy said. “I want to take that 5-year-old girl who is just starting out and make her really want to be a Lady Pioneer one day.”
As for the current Lady Pioneers, Muncy said she has high expectations of each and every one of them, and not just on the basketball court.
“I expect a lot from my players in the classroom and in the community,” Muncy said. “If you’re not a leader in the classroom and in the community, then it’s hard to transition into a leader on the court.”
In addition to her new role as head coach, Muncy will be teaching a government class at Crockett.

Boone, Crockett prepare for tournament time

From STAFF REPORTS
Dobyns-Bennett proved too much for David Crockett’s Lady Pioneers. Crockett fell to D-B on Thursday by a score of 12-0.
But Thursday was a better day for Daniel Boone’s Lady Traiblazers.
Boone crushed Sullivan Central 11-0 in five innings. Cora Baker had a one-hitter for the game, and struck out 10 batters. She was also 2-for-3 at bat.
Also helping out on offense were Kayla Sanders and Kellie Waycasters, both 2-for-3. Jennine Duncan was 2-for-4. Boone totaled 11 hits. All players had two RBIs.
Earlier in the week, Boone beat Dobyns-Bennett 4-1 in completion of a suspended game, and then went on to beat University High 11-0 in the same day.
Boone remained at the top of the Big Eight Conference with an 11-2 record, 29-5 overall for the season. Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett are also 11-2 in the conference. The teams traveled to Morristown for a tournament over the weekend.
In baseball news, Daniel Boone fell to Unicoi County 11-0 on Friday in five innings. The Trailblazers had better luck the day before, when they beat Unaka. Travis Keever ended the 5-5 tie with a three-run home run in the seventh inning, bringing the Trailblazers to an 8-6 win. Kevin Connell went 3-for-5 in the game. Also this week, Boone lost to Dobyns-Bennett 15-5. The Indians scored nine times in the top of the fifth, overpowering the Trailblazers.
Crockett’s baseball team defeated Sullivan Central 8-2 on Thursday. They also beat Unaka 10-5 on Friday.
By the bottom of the fourth inning, the Pioneers had a 9-1 lead. Aaron Blevins had two doubles and three RBIs, and Clinton Freeman went 2-for-2 and drove home two runs. Charlie Rupart also had two hits to help toward the win. Ty Shipley pitched, with seven hits over five innings, and four strikeouts with only one walk. Jacob Adkins finished the game at the pitcher’s mound.

Lady Trailblazers, Lady Pioneers face off in softball

From STAFF REPORTS
David Crockett’s Lady Pioneers were no match for the Daniel Boone Lady ‘Blazers on Friday.
Boone racked up 11 runs to the Pioneers’ one-run effort, making it an easy six-inning win for the visiting Trailblazers.
Jennine Duncan had a triple and a home run to begin a 12-hit attack from Boone against the Pioneer defense. She scored three runs and brought in three of her teammates as the ‘Blazers earned their 25th win of the season to only five losses.
Boone’s senior pitcher Cora Baker held the Lady Pioneers to two hits for the second time this season, earning 10 strikeouts. The run Crockett scored was unearned.
In the first inning, Jessie Wheelock had an RBI single, before Duncan brought her in to score, and Andrea Rogers had a run-scoring grounder.
Crockett’s only run came in the bottom of the first when leadoff batter Stephanie Nichols reached base on an error and scored on a double play with the bases loaded.
Boone’s Kellie Waycaster then added a home run to one of Duncan’s in the second inning and continued the scoring run from there. Boone has 22 homers on the season.
Rogers, Baker and Wheelock had two hits each, and Natalie Sheffey added a hit, a walk, two runs and two stolen bases. For the Pioneers, Ashley Delavaga and Leah Rose had hits.
Boone’s Lady Trailblazers had begun this week with a good sign. The softball team, who has been in and out of the No. 1 Big Eight Conference spot all season, had a perfect showing at last weekend’s Tiny Day/Red Edmonds Invitational Softball Classic in Greeneville, where they went 6-0.
In Round Robin play, Boone went 4-0. Trailblazers senior and pitcher Cora Baker was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
They then traveled to games in Charleston, S.C., and New York early last week.
Crockett’s week has not gone as well as Boone’s.
Last Monday, Crockett fell to Morristown West 7-2. Leah Rose and Jackie Loyd each had a double for the Lady Pioneers, but the Morristown team proved too much.
Science Hill defeated Crockett on Wednesday 12-0, and Crockett fell to Boone Friday.
The District 1-AAA Tournament is set to begin May 8.

Boone, Crockett baseball teams record wins at William Blount tourney, face off later in the week

From STAFF REPORTS
A three-run homer from Daniel Boone’s Hayden Chandley helped his team defeat Bradley Central 10-4 on Saturday in the William Blount tournament in Maryville.
Coming to an early lead, Boone had five runs in the second inning and Chandley’s home run sealed the deal.
The Trailblazer had hits from Kyle Hicks, Jacob Littleton and Chris Goodman.
On Thursday, David Crockett’s Clinton Freeman ended the Pioneer’s game against Bradley Central with a solo home run in the botton of the seventh inning, pushing the Pioneers to a 12-11 win in Maryville.
Crockett also defeated Dobyns-Bennett 7-0 on Wednesday.
David Crockett beat Daniel Boone 14-1 in a shortened game that only went to five innings. Pioneer pitcher Chris Marti came away with the win, while Boone’s Kevin Connell took home the loss.
Every player in Crockett’s nine-man lineup came away with a big hit on the night.
The team totaled 16 hits, with Sam Tartlon going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Drue Deloach adding a 2-for-4 night with 3 RBIs. Jacob Berry, Joe Ganger, Aaron Blevins and Jacob Adkins also added two hits each for the Pioneers.
In the final inning, the Pioneers scored eight runs.

Boone ties for top spot with win, Crockett racks up two wins

From STAFF REPORTS
The Daniel Boone Lady Trailblazers blanked the Science Hill softball team on Thursday night, 10-0.
The game, which was delayed by rain for almost an hour, began with a 3-0 start by the Lady ‘Blazers.
Senior Cora Baker had a home run which ended the game in the sixth inning, and the win moved Daniel Boone into a 7-2 tie with Science Hill in Big Eight Conference standings.
With her team adding nine hits and 10 runs, Baker picked up the win as a pitcher with 100 pitches and eight strikeouts.
Boone’s Jessie Wheelock hit 2-for-4 in the game, and Kellie Waycaster added a three-run home run.
On Tuesday, Boone proved too much for Volunteer, winning 6-2.
David Crockett also scored a win on Thursday night, 8-4, against Sullivan South. Crockett racked up 4 runs in the fourth inning to keep South in the dust.
Crockett pitcher Cynthia Hankal kept the Lady Rebels at bay. Brittany Hughes had a triple and Stephanie Nichols had a double for the Lady Pioneers.
However, the Pioneers fell to Tennessee High on Tuesday, 6-0.
In the Tiny Day Tournament, Boone defeated Chuckey-Doak by a score of 7-0, while David Crockett’s Lady Pioneers fell to Unaka by the same score.
Crockett did beat Cloudland 11-5 in the tournament, and Daniel Boone continued their domination in a win over Sullivan North 15-1.

‘Blazers fall to Tennessee High, Pioneers to D-B

From STAFF REPORTS
On Monday, Tennessee High defeated Daniel Boone 11-1.
The ‘Blazers couldn’t stop Tennessee High’s Cody Snyder, who went 4-for-5, hit a solo home run and had two RBIs. The game was close until the sixth inning, when the Vikings scored six runs, making the game 9-1.
On Tuesday night, the David Crockett Pioneers lost a game to Dobyns-Bennett in the sixth inning, when the Indians scored six runs, and then went on to win 13-8.
The Indians began the scoring early, 1-0, but Crockett starter Clinton Freeman had a strikeout, one of his 10 on the game, to end the inning. Jacob Berry, who went 3-for-5 in the game, and Freeman, 2-for-5, helped even up the score and even put the Pioneers ahead 2-1 in the first inning.
Crockett’s Joe Ganger and Aaron Blevins put Crockett up 5-1 in the third inning. However, the Indians weren’t done scoring. Not only did Dobyns-Bennett tie up the score, but they soon pulled ahead, getting the best of Freeman.
Tuesday saw a win for Boone. The Trailblazers defeated Sullivan Central, 5-2.
The Daniel Boone Trailblazers also scored a win against Virginia High, 9-4.
Kevin Connell went 3-for-4, and Josh Starkey went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Chris Goodman was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Daniel Wagner picked up the win on the mound for Boone, who went to 9-11 with the victory.
On Friday, Knox Farragut beat Crockett 15-1.

Crockett’s Deloach set to play ball for Milligan

David Crockett High School senior Drue Deloach may not know what he wants to major in at Milligan College just yet, but he knows he’ll be working as hard as he possibly can — both academically and athletically.
Late last week, Deloach, the Pioneers’ starting catcher in baseball, signed a letter of intent to play ball for the Milligan Buffaloes.
“I think I’ll have the opportunity to start just as much as anyone else does,” Deloach said. “I’m going to have to work as hard as I can. I just want to benefit the team as much as possible.”
Deloach said he chose Milligan College because it’s a “great school” and “the coaches have treated me great.”
Deloach, the son of Chad Deloach and Carrie Estes and grandson of Gene and Brenda Deloach, also likes the idea of staying close to family and friends, he said.
While playing at Milligan, Deloach’s Crockett roots will never be far from his mind either.
“Going to Crockett gave me the opportunity to play as much as possible,” he said. “The coaches have been great to me. It’s really been amazing.”