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Boone manhandles Crockett in rivalry match up

From STAFF REPORTS
Daniel Boone shut out county rival David Crockett in a 10-0 blitz that ended after only five innings courtesy of the mercy rule.
Boone’s top pitcher, Kevin Connell allowed only three hits and had six strikeouts in the Big Eight Division win, taking Boone to 8-5 and 2-3 in the league.
The Pioneers were in the hole before they ever came to bat.
The Trailblazers started off with a first inning homerun by Josh Starkey, giving Boone an early 4-0 lead.
Boone’s attack continued in the second inning as Zack Hancock hit a single to center. Hunter Salts sent a shot into left field, putting two on base.
With Hancock on third, Salts started a double steal, diverting attention and allowing Hancock to get home.
Connell hit a single to right, sending Salts home. Connell made it to third.
Ganger gave up six hits and six earned runs in only 1 1/3 innings. By this time, the Trailblazers led 8-0.
The Pioneers gave Ty Shipley a turn on the mound, hoping to stop the bleeding, but much of the damage had already been done.
Then, Salts’ two-run single in the fifth inning slammed the door closed on any chance of a Pioneer comeback.
The loss dropped the Pioneers to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in the league.
“We just got beat,” Pioneer coach Scott Hagy said. “They were just a better team that night. They hit the ball better, pitched better. We are just continuing to work hard, trying to get better each time we go out there.”