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Blazers dominate Gate City, Abingdon

The bats of Boone continued to light up the scoreboard for another week with big wins over Gate City and Abingdon, proving they can win inside the conference and out.
Equally impressive for the Blazers was not just their continuing aptitude for offense, but their pitching and defense was just as good in blanking both opponents last week.
Boone opened the week on March 24 in Gray by shellacking Gate City 14-0.
Sophomore Zach Byron earned the win on the mound for the Blazers and delivered his best outing of the season, piling up seven strikeouts and allowing three hits in a scoreless four inning performance.
Boone wouldn’t need but four innings at bat in dispatching Gate City early in just four and a half innings.
The Blazers scored early and often, putting three runs on the board in the first inning and taking a 4-0 lead after two.
Their best offensive innings of the evening came in the third and fourth, scoring five runs in each frame to end the contest early.
Almost every Blazer contributed offensively with Byron and Josh Bacon leading the way. The sophomore finished 3-for-4 at the plate, scoring twice and driving in two. Bacon also finished with three hits, scoring four times.
After their March 25 contest against Volunteer was postponed because of weather, the Blazers took the field again on March 27 against Virginia’s Abingdon in Gray.
Playing their second team of the week outside of the conference, the outcome was similar to the first with Boone again dominant in all facets of the game, winning 15-0.
This time Daniel Cox got the nod for the Blazers on the mound and dazzled in a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits. The senior left-hander was also a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate.
Boone scored four runs in the first and put the game out of reach in the second with an eight-run inning. The Blazers added three more runs for good measure in the fourth and final at bat.
Aside from Cox, Boone’s Dustin Chandler went 3-for-3 at the plate, his biggest hit of the night coming by way of a three-run homer.
The Blazers now maintain a 6-2 overall record on the season with a 3-1 conference mark. They will return to the field in tournament play in Myrtle Beach which is expected to begin on March 31 and last throughout the entire week.