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Boone, Crockett softball see busy week

With postseason play approaching, the Daniel Boone Lady Blazers (27-6, 12-1) entered their last full week of the regular season tied for the top spot in the district.
While Boone looked to put the finishing touches on a strong regular season, the Lady Pioneers of David Crockett (5-16, 3-10) sat near the bottom of the conference, but continued to show marked improvement.
Boone over D-B
If pitcher Kellie Waycaster isn’t enough to worry about for Lady Blazers’ opponents, the bats of Boone showed they are just as much a threat.
On April 26, Dobyns-Bennett became Boone’s first victim of the week.
Boone scored in the first, providing Waycaster a small cushion she didn’t need.
The Blazer junior was excellent again, going the distance and allowing only one run on four hits.
The visitor’s bats were quiet most of the night before exploding in the sixth inning with eight runs.
The Lady Blazers crossed the plate twice in the third to take a 3-0 advantage, helping stop the game just after six innings with a 10-run mercy rule victory.
Leading the offensive attack for Boone was Jenna Carmody and Kayla Smith, who combined at the plate for six hits. Smith’s three-run homer in the sixth contributed to the big inning.
Crockett beats
Sullivan CentraL
After rain postponed Crockett’s week opener against Chuckey Doak, an anxious Pioneer team returned to the diamond on April 26 at Sullivan Central.
The Crockett bats were hot early, picking up three runs in the first inning, while adding one more in the third for a 4-0 lead.
Central’s bats quickly erased the four-run lead, scoring three times in the fourth inning and tying the game with a one-run sixth.
After a scoreless seventh, the Crockett bats reemerged in extra innings when Brittany Broyles drove in a run in the top of the eighth. Gail Hooks kept Central quiet in bottom half, earning the win.
Cheyenne Cole and Hooks led the way for the Pioneers offense, each finishing with two hits and a combined three runs batted in.
Sweet 16 for
Waycaster celebrated a different kind of sweet 16 on April 28 in Blountville.
She threw five shutout innings, striking out seven to earn win 16 on the season as the Lady Blazers rolled over Sullivan Central 8-0.
The Boone bats were hot out of the gates, mounting a six-run advantage after the first three innings.
Jessie Wheelock finished a perfect 3-of-3 at the plate, all coming on extra base hits. She also led the Blazers with two RBIs. Andrea Rogers and Jennine Duncan combined for four hits.
With conference play finished for the week, the Lady Blazers entered a weekend tournament in Morristown.
In their Saturday double-header, the Lady Blazers grabbed a win in their first game of the day 5-4 over Pigeon Forge.
In game two, a familiar foe was once again on the slate.
For all of the success the Blazers have had this season, Unicoi County has managed to find the weak spot against the Big 8’s best team.
Despite the change in venue, the story was the same as Unicoi stifled the Blazer bats en route to a 3-1 win.
Boone opens this week in preparation for the district tournament, which begins May 7 at Science Hill.
Crockett drops
two back-to-back
The Lady Pioneers couldn’t build on the success of their win against Sullivan Central.
After falling 8-1 to Dobyns-Bennett on April 28, Crockett’s offensive woes continued a day later against University High in a 3-1 defeat.
After getting on the board in the bottom of the first on a Kelly Hooks RBI, the Lady Pioneers couldn’t muster another run.
Gail Hooks was strong again, but three Junior Bucs’ runs proved to be enough.
Aside from Hooks’ RBI, Jackie Lloyd was the only Crockett batter to put together a multi-hit game. The Pioneers finished with only five hits in seven innings.
Crockett was scheduled to return to action against Greeneville on May 2, in one of their final preparatory games before the start of the district tournament.