By TREY WILLIAMS
Daniel Boone’s Gaven Jones all but singlehandedly swept Dobyns-Bennett last week in a home-and-home Big Seven Conference baseball series.
The right-hander pitched a one-hit shutout in the Trailblazers’ 1-0 victory on March 22 at Clarence Mabe Field and homered twice and drove in three runs in Boone’s 5-4 win at D-B.
Jones (3-0) had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning against the Indians.
“Gaven gave up one hit and struck out 11 and was in command the entire game,” Boone Coach Scott Hagy said. “It was just a dominant performance.”
Anthony Edwards’ RBI double scored Preston Miller for the game’s lone run in the fourth inning.
Jones’ second home run on Tuesday came in the sixth inning.
“Gaven’s home run in the sixth was the difference in the game,” Hagy said. “He’s just a tremendous competitor. Our guys from top to bottom did a great job of matching the energy from D-B.”
Jones was hunting fastballs against the Indians.
“I was down with two strikes on both home run at-bats,” Jones said. “I hadn’t had any at bats off of (Jake) Timbes or (Gage) Hensley before, but Timbes was working our batters backwards starting off with curveballs and throwing fastballs after he got ahead. I just decided to sit on that fastball and it worked out. …
“On the mound against D-B, I was having great success spotting up my fastball and keeping the hitters off balance with the curveball. But I gotta thank my defense for making the plays behind me to keep a good tempo. Cole Bishop did a great job behind the plate sticking some pitches on the corner and those edge-of-the-zone pitches. I knew D-B is a good hitting team, so I tried to keep it out of the zone and not give them anything down the middle.”
Jones shut out Volunteer in Boone’s 7-0 win against Volunteer on Monday at Clarence Mabe Field, helping the ‘Blazers improve to 3-0 in the league and 5-2 overall.
Preston Miller was 3-for-4 with a home run and Jackson Jenkins was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Jenkins homered against Dobyns-Bennett.
David Crockett Baseball
David Crockett improved to 3-0 in the Big Seven with a 9-7 win against Tennessee High on Monday at Warren Miller Park.
Senior Cody Wheeley went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs after being relieved from a shaky start on the mound.
“We talk about our seniors taking a leadership role all the time,” Crockett coach Spencer Street said. “And that doesn’t always mean being the first one here, being the last one here or getting extra swings. He does all those things, but he showed these guys that some nights you’re not gonna have it, and you still go out and compete in other ways. He gets pulled and immediately goes and makes an unreal play at first base, you know, stretching out … and making a play there, and then putting some good ABs together.
“Those were two huge home runs for us. We needed those in the worst way.”
Wheeley has five home runs on the season.
Hard-throwing Crockett sophomore pitcher Gage Peterson (ankle) missed a start this week, but the Pioneers coaches are optimistic that he can return to the mound for the series with Science Hill next week.
Brenden Reid went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. His two-run double sparked a four-run fourth that gave Crockett an 8-2 lead.
Reid has begun the year 8-for-10 at the plate.
“Brenden’s a catcher and we move him to the outfield and he takes it in stride and makes the plays we need him to make,” Street said. “He’s making himself an invaluable piece to this lineup. He runs hot and the guys feed off of him.
“He’s gonna lay out. He’s gonna dive. He’s gonna wear a ball off the face if he has to. He’s a dog.”
Daniel Boone Softball
Daniel Boone softball pitcher Suzie Chatman struck out nine and walked one while pitching a three-hitter in the Trailblazers’ 9-1 win at Sullivan East on Friday.
Tennessee commit Camryn Sarvis, Liberty commit Savannah Jessee and Maci Masters each had three hits for Boone (7-2). Masters hit a two-run home run in the fourth, doubled and scored three run.
Jessee doubled and singled twice, driving in two runs. Sarvis was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Dannah Persinger went 2-for-3 with a run.
David Crockett Softball
David Crockett’s Kennedy Broyles pitched a complete-game victory and went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Pioneers’ 12-1 win against South Greene on Friday. Sydney Hodges, Ashlyn Dulaney and Kristen Lowery each had two RBIs for Crockett (4-1).