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Blazers fall to Hilltoppers in conference play

For the second time this season, the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone found themselves unable to solve the pitching of Science Hill in a 6-2 defeat at home.
The Blazers (11-9, 4-3) entered conference play against the first-place Hilltoppers (15-7, 6-1) maintaining a 4-2 record in the conference and in good position to challenge the Big 7’s elite teams atop the standings.
Unfortunately for the Blazers, Science Hill’s Grant Rabbitts was on the mound, giving way for a tough afternoon at the plate for the home team. Rabbitts went the distance in the contest, pitching seven innings and allowing seven hits while striking out four.
Despite manufacturing two runs, the Blazers were unable to quiet the Hilltopper bats.
Brandon Davis received the start for Boone, but lasted only four innings.
He allowed just five hits in the outing, but struggled with his control walking four and giving up four runs. Boone was able to record their first run in the second inning off of a Science Hill error scoring Ryan Keever after he got on base following an outfield single.
The Blazers put together a late rally in the seventh with Davis reaching base on a single and Zach Byron driving him home with a hit to center.
That would be as close as Boone would get with Rabbitts closing the door in the seventh for the complete game. The Blazers would again have trouble scoring in the contest that followed, dropping their second contest of the week to Unicoi County on April 9 in a 3-0 defeat.
Despite the sluggish start, the Blazer offense would get cranking over the weekend at the Scott Dean Memorial Tournament at Farragut High School.
The Blazers recorded wins over Knoxville’s South-Doyle, 13-3, and outlasted Seymour 6-5 on April 11.