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Blazers, Pioneers renew diamond rivalry

It has been almost a year since the Blazers of Daniel Boone High School and Pioneers of David Crockett High School last met up on the baseball diamond.
With the two squads looking to get a leg up in the conference and grab some much needed early season momentum, the March 20 matchup turned out to be just as good as expected, highlighting the week of play for the two teams.
The Blazers turned in a strong week moving to 5-1 (3-1) overall and a second place tie among conference competitors. Crockett now stands at 2-5 (2-3) overall and holding to a steady position in the middle of the conference.
Boone pitching no-hits Crockett
Whether it is multiple overtimes on the basketball court, upsets on the gridiron or no hitters on the baseball field, this rivalry has proved time and again why it is one of the regions most delightful.
When the two met this past week on the baseball diamond, the same proved true, with Boone delivering a no hitter and a 4-1 win over the Pioneers in Jonesborough.
Boone sent senior pitcher and Milligan signee Cory Jenkins to the mound. He responded by baffling the Crockett hitters all night, striking out nine without issuing a single hit.
The Pioneers only run of the evening came in the second inning on a wild pitch after walking batters into scoring position.
With his pitch count moving up, Daniel Cox pitched in relief of Jenkins continuing the lockdown of the Crockett bats.
The Blazers scored runs in the second, two runs in the third and a run in the fifth off of a Taylor Smith homerun.
Boone’s Landon Jenkins finished with two RBIs on the night, breaking the 1-1 tie in the top of the third inning on a single that pushed two Blazer runners across the plate.
Crockett sent Matt Jackson to the mound, earning him the loss despite a fairly effective outing.
Ganger pitches past Sullivan South
Multisport athlete Joe Ganger knows a thing or two about responding to diversity.
Throughout the Crockett senior’s sports career, whether on the hardwood in basketball or the diamond in baseball, he always seems to rise up when his team needs it the most.
A night after watching the Blazers invade Jonesborough and deliver a no hitter, Ganger took the mound at home in a conference battle against the Big 8’s last undefeated team, Sullivan South.
Ganger was dynamite on the mound, pitching a three hit shutout in a 5-0 Crockett win.
The Pioneers matched their pitching effort on offense scoring a run in the first and third innings before building a comfortable cushion in the bottom half of the fourth by adding two runs to go ahead 4-0.
The Pioneers were led by sophomore John Long, who finished 2-of-3 on the night, scoring twice for the Pioneers.
Ganger helped himself out at the plate, collecting an RBI late in the contest.
Crockett followed up the win over South by ending the week with an 8-5 loss to Elizabethton on March 22.
Blazers continue win streak
Boone followed up its win over rival David Crockett with two out of conference games.
On March 22, the Blazers returned home against Cherokee.
This time, the Boone bats were the game changer.
The second inning was the difference as nine Boone runners crossed the plate in the home half of the inning adding to a 2-0 first inning lead.
Two more Boone runs crossed in the third and a two-run sixth ended the game early with the Blazers dominating the contest 15-5 on 13 hits.
Leading the way for Boone was senior Zac Hancock, who finished 2-of-3 with two RBIs, and junior outfielder Michael Osterman who finished perfect at the plate with three hits.
Boone junior pitcher Taylor Smith earned the win on the evening.
The Blazers followed up the midweek win with a 6-5 weekend win against Morristown East on March 24.