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Boone completes season sweep of Crockett

The Daniel Boone Baseball Blazers’ potent offense once again proved no match for the Pioneers of David Crockett in their second meeting of the season in Jonesborough. The April 10 contest saw the Blazers score 13 runs over the final three innings to complete the season sweep of the rival Pioneers, 15-4.
Starters Jeremy Collins of Crockett and Daniel Cox of Boone each slowed their opponent’s offense through the first three innings, with Crockett scoring just a run in the first and Boone notching a run in both the second and third innings.
But the pitcher’s duel would come to an end in the top of the fourth as the Blazer bats finally got going. Boone pushed six runs across the plate in the inning, and Cox blanked the Pioneers in the home half of the frame.
The Blazers added three more runs in the fifth and closed the contest out early with four more in the sixth.
Cox protected the big lead on the mound, going the distance to record the win. The Blazer ace and ETSU signee, struck out 13 Pioneer hitters and allowed just five hits in the contest.
On offense, Zack Peters led the Blazer bats with four RBIs on three hits. Dustin Chandler also collected three hits to drive in three, and Cox added to the cause with two hits of his own.
Crockett’s Ryan Burger accounted for the only homerun of the contest and driving in half of his teams runs with the fifth inning shot.
Preceding the April 10 meeting between the rivals, both teams captured decisive wins over Volunteer as Crockett beat the Falcons 14-7 on April 8 and Boone blanked them a day later, 11-0.
In the Blazers’ first contest of the week on April 8, the Big 7’s top team Dobyns-Bennett completed a season sweep over Boone, winning 12-2 in Gray.
Boone closed out the week on April 11 with a 10-3 loss to Unicoi County.
Following the loss to the Blazers, the Pioneers entered weekend play in Knoxville at the DeMarini/Diamond Baseball Classic. Crockett split their first two games of the tournament, winning 10-3 over Anderson County before falling to CAK, 12-3.
With the last quarter of the regular season approaching, the Blazers are holding on to second place in the conference with a 5-2 record in the Big 7 and a 10-7 record overall.
The Pioneers are just 6-10 overall but hold a 3-4 conference mark, good enough for fourth place in the Big 7.