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Boone, Crockett take part in Coca-Cola baseball classic

The 2011 edition of the Coca-Cola baseball classic, which opened at Daniel Boone and David Crockett high schools on April 6, felt at times more like an all-star game.
In some ways, it resembled more of a homerun derby than it did a midseason tournament.
While there was no actual derby played, the long ball was in full effect at the two schools over the period of three days as pitching duels gave way to powerful offenses at the plate.
Blazers take out Powell Valley
With senior left-hander Kevin Connell on the mound to open the Coca-Cola Classic at Clarence Mabe field against Powell Valley, the Daniel Boone Trailblazers’ (8-5, 1-3) offense could have taken a day off.
Instead, the Blazers exploded for eight runs in the first inning, giving Connell a large cushion to work with.
He didn’t need it.
The Citadel signee allowed only two hits while striking out 11 in a five inning shutout performance, cruising to a 10-0 win.
First inning homeruns from Hunter Salts and Connell pushed the Boone lead to 8-0.
Boone scored two more runs in the second, putting them ahead 10-0, eventually forcing a stoppage of play in the fifth inning with the mercy rule in effect.
Travis Keever finished with a strong multi-hit night at plate, in a 3-for-4 effort.
Offensive opening night for Crockett
Opening day of the Coca-Cola Classic for the Pioneers of David Crockett (6-7, 2-3) began with a double-header.
While hits, runs and homeruns were the name of the game, it was only against Unicoi County in the opener that Crockett benefitted from the exploding offense.
The Pioneers blasted four homeruns and 10 players collected RBIs in crushing the Blue Devils 26-11 after five innings.
The Pioneers biggest inning came in the fourth, scoring 12 runs behind the grand slam of Andrew Hagy. Joe Ganger, Anthony Campbell and Jeremiah Rogers all joined Hagy in blasting homeruns.
Ty Shipley earned the win for the Pioneers after giving up five Unicoi runs in the first inning. Hagy led Crockett at the plate with five RBIs.
As good as the Pioneer offense was in the first game, Jefferson County, matched that effort in the second game.
The Pioneers stuck around early, actually maintaining a 4-3 advantage after the first two innings.
But a four-run third and nine run fourth quickly put the game out of reach as Crockett took the loss 16-4.
Crockett’s hero against Science Hill, pitcher Jacob Adkins, was pulled in the third inning after allowing seven runs.
The Pioneers didn’t help themselves in the field either, committing four errors in a shortened five inning game.
Nice mix keys
another Boone win
In Boone’s game against Powell Valley, the offense and defense both performed at a high level to help the Blazers earn the comfortable win.
The theme was the same again the following afternoon against Elizabethton, as Boone mixed hot bats with strong pitching on route to a 9-1 win.
Cory Jenkins took the mound for the Blazers, pitching six innings of one hit ball while striking out eight. It was Jenkins third win of the season.
Hayden Chandley led the Blazers at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort on the night, he finished with two RBIs.
Boone grabbed the lead in the first inning with three runs and continued their offensive effort in the second adding two more to gain the early advantage, a lead they never surrendered.
Crockett, Boone miss out on finale
Jefferson County proved the spoiler for both Crockett and Boone in the Coca-Cola Classic.
After winning easily against Crockett and putting them out of the finale, the Patriots took down Boone in a close 5-2 game on April 7.
The Blazers found themselves behind early allowing four Patriot runs in the first three innings.
Boone did manage to score twice in the top of the fourth after a Salts’ solo blast was followed by a Josh Starkey hit that scored Connell.
But Jefferson County quickly snuffed out the Boone rally.
The Patriots added another run in the sixth and held the Blazers scoreless in the seventh to earn the win.
Jefferson County’s final game was cut short Saturday due to severe weather and Dobyns-Bennett took down Science Hill in the second game of the tournament’s finale.
The Pioneers and Blazers will return to regular season action this week with several key conference matchups.
Boone and Crockett were scheduled to face off Monday night while the Pioneers will look for another upset over Big 8 leader Science Hill on April 12. Boone will play Wednesday against another conference contender Dobyns-Bennett.