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Boone remains unbeaten, Crockett snaps losing skid

The Lady Blazers are already looked upon as one of the best teams in the area, if not the entire state.
Starting the season at 11-0 (4-0) only adds to appearances, especially coming off a week where Boone invaded Cookeville for their annual softball tournament and rolled off six wins in two days capturing the tournament crown.
County counterpart Crockett, on the other hand, opened the season losing their first four games. But the Lady Pioneers proved this week that Boone won’t be the only Washington County team to grab headlines.
Grindstaff pitches Crockett to WINS
After opening the week on March 19 in a 7-1 loss to Dobyns-Bennett, the Lady Pioneers record stood at 0-4.
Desperate for a win, Crockett turned to the arms of freshman Madison Grindstaff and junior Gail Hooks.
The Pioneers opened play at Volunteer on March 20, where Grindstaff guided Crockett to a 4-2 win over the Lady Falcons.
The freshman tossed a complete game in her first start, striking out eight while allowing just two runs on seven hits.
Both teams picked up two runs in the first inning before Grindstaff shook off the nerves and pitched a gem the rest of the way through.
Crockett went ahead for good in the top half of the fourth, picking up two runs in the inning.
The Lady Pioneers returned to conference action on March 22 at home against Sullivan Central.
Grindstaff refused to allow a Central hit before Hooks completed the game in the fifth inning, also holding her opponent hitless.
Seven innings were not needed as the Crockett bats came alive to the tune of 11 runs on eight hits for the 11-0 victory.
The pitching duo combined for a five inning no-hit performance.
Grindstaff also led the team with her bat, finishing the contest with a 3-of-4 effort at the plate.
Crockett used a five run second and third inning to score 10 of their 11 runs.
Lady Blazers
continue to win
The Lady Blazers opened the week with a dominating 21-0 win on March 20 over Sullivan South.
They continued their winning ways on March 22 in a 10-5 win at the Big 8’s second best team, Science Hill.
In the contest, senior pitcher Kellie Waycaster worked through a bumpy first three innings that saw the Lady Hilltoppers rack up five runs on nine hits. She erased her early struggles over the next four innings, retiring 12 batters in a row to earn the win.
Senior Natalie Sheffey guided the Blazer bats with a two home run, 3-for-5 effort at the plate.
Boone collected 15 hits on the evening, with Kayla Smith and Kayla Sanders combining for four hits and four RBIs.
Boone wrapped up their week by traveling to Cookeville for a two-day tournament.
There, the Lady Blazers opened play on March 23, defeating Dekalb County in the tournament opener 8-2 and ending the evening with a 1-0 win in a pitching duel against Collierville.
In the tournament’s final day, on March 24, the Lady Blazers compiled wins over White County, Upperman and Trinity Christian before defeating Chicago Leyden 8-3 in the championship game.
The Lady Blazers joined by the Lady Pioneers will attempt to add more tournament hardware at the Eastman Invitational this coming weekend.
Boone was also scheduled to compete this week against Virginia High on Monday, March 26, Dobyns-Bennett on Tuesday, March 27 and at Tennessee High on Wednesday, March 28.
Crockett will take to the field in Jonesborough against Tennessee High on Tuesday, March 27.