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Boone takes down Crockett, wins five at tournament

All great teams are marked by common characteristics, one of which being a signature win.
Following successful seasons, any championship caliber team can look back and relate to that one defining moment when they upgraded their game and propelled their season.
The Daniel Boone softball team is no different, but instead of one signature win, the Lady Blazers found several last week. Their strong week began with an in-conference contest against their young-but-improving rival David Crockett (1-8, 1-4).
The Blazers (9-1, 4-0) were stellar in the circle and the box, making quick work of the Pioneers en route to a shortened 11-0 win.
Kellie Waycaster, Boone’s sensational junior pitcher, once again proved why she is one of the conference’s best, allowing just two hits while striking out four in a complete game shutout performance.
Boone got the scoring started in the first inning, scoring a run off of young Crockett ace Gail Hooks, but did the most damage an inning later in an explosion of offense. The Blazers batted around the order in the second inning, finishing with eight runs behind seven hits.
After scoring two more in the third, Boone closed the door on the Pioneers, reaching the 10-run mercy rule.
The Lady Blazers were led offensively by Natalie Sheffey who finished with three hits, two singles and double, driving in three runs on the day. Jennine Duncan and Megan Walker each had two hits, as they accounted for four Blazer runs.
Following a Thursday rainout against Dobyns-Bennett, the Lady Blazers traveled to the Riverdale Classic for a weekend tournament in Murfreesboro.
With over 50 teams in attendance from several states, Boone was among some of the toughest teams in Southeast.
The Blazers began their five-game slate with a double-header on Friday against Grace Academy and East Ridge. Boone won both contests with shutouts (13-0, 9-0).
The Lady Blazers followed up their first two wins with three more games on Saturday.
Boone won in a close 10-8 decision against a talented Wilson Central to start the day. They followed the win with two more wins against St. Bede of Illinois (9-2) and Heritage of Maryville (11-2).
Aside from Waycaster’s dominance in the circle, third baseman Kayla Sanders finished with three round-trippers for the tournament and shortstop Jessie Wheelock collected 13 hits in the five games.
The success Boone found at the tournament should definitely propel them in upcoming games this week against conference foes Sullivan Central on April 5 and Tennessee High on April 6. The Lady Blazers will return to tournament action at the Science Hill Invitational this weekend.
In a week cut short by rain, the Daniel Boone baseball team also saw action on the diamond with games against Unicoi County on April 1 and Sullivan East on April 2.
The Blazers split the high scoring affairs, winning against Unicoi 13-2, but falling to Sullivan East a day later 14-11.
Boone will open play in the Crockett Coke Invitational on Wednesday against Powell Valley.