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Crockett’s Barkley pitches Pioneers past Blazers

The rivalry returned to Jonesborough on April 13 as the Pioneers of David Crockett and Trailblazers of Daniel Boone opened their weekly diamond slate against one another.
The Pioneers elected to go with senior Isaac Barkley on the mound, with Brandon Davis opposite of him for the Blazers. Both hurlers delivered for their respective clubs as the only run of the game would prove the difference in a 1-0 Pioneer win.
The contest’s lone score would come on Jeremy Collins’ sacrifice fly allowing Austin Hartgrove to tag and score.
The Blazers weren’t without their chances to even the game as they tallied nine hits over seven innings, frequently leaving runners stranded as Barkley pitched his way out of one jam after another.
Boone threatened runs several times throughout the contest, especially in their last at bat where they loaded the bases with two outs before having the door slammed shut.
The Pioneer senior went the distance on the mound with two strikeouts to earn the win. He also collected half of Crockett’s hits going 2-for-3 at the dish.
For the Blazers, Blake G’Fellers, Parker Breuel and Davis each tallied two hits apiece to lead the Blazer offense.
Davis took the hard earned loss in the game.
A day after their rivalry win over the Blazers, the Pioneers met Science Hill in Johnson City for a pivotal conference matchup between two of the conference’s top three teams.
Unfortunately for the Pioneers, Science Hill went with Grant Rabbitts on the mound who stymied the Crockett bats over the course of the game, allowing just three hits in a shutout.
Science Hill added eight runs to capture the decisive victory and pull even with Crockett and Dobyns-Bennett at the top of the Big 7 standings. Each team shares two leagues losses apiece.
The Pioneers now hold a 13-7 overall record on the year with a 7-2 mark in the conference.
The Blazers concluded their weekly slate of games by taking part in the Tribe Classic on April 16-18.
Clarence Mabe Field at Daniel Boone was one of six sites for the tournament.
The Blazers struggled playing at home in the tournament, dropping three of four contests.
Boone fell 5-4 to Morristown West on the opening day of the tournament. They lost 5-0 to Karns a day later before tying with Cherokee 6-6 after nine innings.
Boone concluded tournament play on April 18 with a 13-3 loss to South Doyle.
Boone now holds an overall record of 11-13 on the season with a 4-4 tally in the conference.