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Boone, Crockett softball teams play in Invitational

Last season the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School took home the championship trophy at one of the largest local softball tournaments of the year, the Kingsport/Eastman Invitational.
With a mostly new roster, the Lady Blazers nearly did it again this year despite the largest field of teams the tournament has ever seen.
Boone and David Crockett High School joined 41 other teams in Kingsport for the Invitational, which began April 5 and concluded with the championship round April 7.
Boone notched an early 5-3 win over Wise-Central and downed Cocke County 7-0 to stay perfect in the first day of the tournament.
Kaylin Conkin and Kayla Sanders led the Blazer bats in the contests.
Conkin gave Boone their first lead in the opening contest after hitting a three-run blast and Sanders homered on a two-run shot against Cocke County.
Jenna Carmody also hit a homerun in Boone’s second outing of the day.
The Lady Pioneers opened action with a 9-3 win over St. Joseph (Ohio) but fell to Greenbrier 7-1 in their second contest of the day.
On the second day of tournament action, the Lady Blazers concluded pool play by winning 3-2 over Kingston before beating Johnson County, 9-2.
The wins set up a match in the round of 16 with a team that had already beaten the Lady Blazers this season —Cookeville.
Boone stamped their ticket to Championship Sunday winning 2-1, over Cookeville.
McKenzie Ferguson started the contest in the circle for the Lady Blazers and was brilliant, striking out four and earning the win for Boone.
On Saturday, the Lady Pioneers narrowly missed a spot in the round of 16 after opening the day with a victory over multi-tournament winner Unicoi County, 8-6.
In the final contest of pool play, the Lady Pioneers lost to Cookeville 6-4, ending their run at the invitational.
After opening play on Championship Sunday in the quarterfinals with a win against Volunteer, 6-3, the Lady Blazers met a familiar foe in the semifinals — Seymour.
The Lady Blazers and Lady Eagles have somewhat of a history, with region competition over the last few years often coming down to the two teams.
With the winner of the matchup heading to the championship game, the Lady Eagles stifled the Boone bats and came out on top 3-1.
The Lady Blazers sent freshman Jaclyn Jenkins to the circle in the third contest of the day.
The freshman once again came up big for the Lady Blazers in the third place contest against Maryville, pitching and hitting Boone to a 5-3 win.
Jenkins’ third inning grand slam put the Lady Blazers in front for good.
Knoxville Halls defeated Seymour in the championship, 4-2 to take home the Eastman Invitational championship.