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Boone teams lose openers, rally for victories

For the softball and baseball teams of Daniel Boone High School, last week’s games ended in the two squads’ first defeats of the season.
Luckily, the week didn’t end the way it began, as both teams were victorious in their third games.
While the Lady Blazers bounced back in dominant fashion against Science Hill following Monday’s loss to Unicoi County, the baseball Blazers couldn’t shake the disappointment of a seventh-inning rally by Tennessee High on Monday night, falling again a night later in another close loss, this time to Volunteer.
Lady Blazer’s first loss of season
The March 21 game at Unicoi County was expected to be a premiere matchup between two of the area’s best teams, but after a sloppy four-error game, Boone found themselves on the wrong side of a 6-2 defeat. The Lady Devils picked up five runs in an error-filled first two innings against Boone’s promising ace Kellie Waycaster. After recovering on defense from the early onslaught, the Lady Blazers couldn’t match the early success of Unicoi County at the plate. Boone mustered their only two runs in the sixth and seventh innings on hits from Jennine Duncan, Natalie Sheffey and Waycaster. Waycaster and the Blazers received their first loss of the season in the contest.
Blazers drop conference
games in tough losses
The Daniel Boone Trailblazers lost their first two games of the season in succession on March 21 and 22, but the defeats came by inches not miles. In Monday’s contest against Tennessee High, the Blazers held a one-run advantage behind the strong arm of Kevin Connell. With Andrew Martin relieving Boone’s ace after six scoreless innings, disaster struck in the bottom half of the seventh. A relatively clean game by the Blazers ended in two early inning errors, allowing two Viking base runners. The next two Tennessee batters hit singles, ending the game for the Blazers in a 2-1 defeat and their first loss of the season.
Boone followed their heartbreaking loss against Tennessee High on Monday night with another close defeat at the hands of conference foe Volunteer, who received their first win of the season. The hosting Blazers trailed 4-1 entering the home half of the sixth inning, but tied the game after putting two runners on base which were knocked in as part of a Taylor Smith three-run shot. With the contest bound at four, Martin, who earned the loss the night before, was brought back in for relief. Errors once again plagued the Blazers, the final undoing happening off an errant throw by catcher Hayden Chandley on a third base steal attempt which resulted in a Volunteer score, putting the Falcons ahead. The Blazers couldn’t tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, falling by a run, 5-4.
Lady Blazers return to winning ways
The Lady Blazers’ first game against Science Hill should have been a highly contested matchup between two of the conference’s top softball teams. Instead, Tuesday’s game showed perhaps just how much distance exists between Daniel Boone and everyone else as the Lady Blazers walloped the Hilltoppers 10-0 in just five innings of play. Waycaster returned to pitch after suffering her first loss the night before and was absolutely dominant out of the gate, holding Science Hill to just four hits and no runs in a stellar five-inning performance. The Blazers received help at the plate with six Hilltopper errors, scoring three runs in the second inning after Waycaster followed up a Kayla Sanders solo home run with a two-run shot to cap off the inning. The third inning didn’t get any easier for Science Hill as the Lady Blazers pushed six runs across the plate on hits from Andrea Rogers, Kayla Smith, Haley Wagner and Megan Walker. Boone reached the mercy rule with one run in the fourth inning while holding Science Hill scoreless in the home half of the fifth inning.
The Lady Blazers put Monday’s loss far out of sight and mind on Thursday in a dominant 19-2 shellacking of Sullivan South. The Lady Rebels endured 22 Boone hits including a 12-run fourth inning. Waycaster earned her second win of the week, allowing only two runs behind three hits and finishing 3-for-4 at the plate. Duncan and Rogers finished with a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate and Jenna Carmody propelled the Blazers with a grand slam in the 12-run inning.
The Lady Blazers open a tough week against a talented Seymour team on Monday before returning home against conference rival David Crockett on Tuesday. The Lady Blazers will open the Riverdale Classic with double-headers on Friday and Saturday.
Boone baseball follows losses
with win over Sullivan East
Thursday night marked redemption for the Blazers of Daniel Boone as they shook off their first losses of the season earlier in the week with a big win at home against Sullivan East. Travis Keever got the start on the mound for Boone, pitching three innings of one-run baseball. With the senior lefty keeping the Sullivan East offense hushed early in the contest, Chris Goodman’s two-run base hit allowed the Blazers a 2-1 lead after the first inning. From there, Keever took over at the plate, finishing his day with four hits including a home run in the fourth inning. Boone scored runs in the fifth and sixth inning on route to a 6-2 win.
The Blazers were scheduled to return to the diamond on Monday in a big conference game against Science Hill before finishing off the week at Unaka on Wednesday and at home against Unicoi County on Friday.