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Crockett baseball’s shot at state ends in loss to Knox Farragut

FROM STAFF REPORTS
It was a familiar scenario for David Crockett’s baseball team.
Knox Farragut ended the Pioneers’ shot at the state tournament for a second time in two years on Friday in the Class AAA sectionals at John Heatherly Field.
Last year, the Admirals also beat the Pioneers 10-1 in the state sectionals, ending a state run for Crockett.
The Admirals’ left-handed pitcher held the Pioneers to one run in the 11-1 win, only allowing five hits over the same number of innings.
In the loss, Crockett was able to get runners on base, but unable to bring them in for runs.
The Pioneers left eight runners on base.
Clinton Freeman went 2-for-2 and had two of the Pioneers’ five singles.
Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, Crockett fell to Science Hill 8-5 in the Region 1-AAA championship game.
The ‘Toppers managed to score five runs in the sixth inning to lift themselves over the Pioneers, who had held the lead until then.
Science Hill was a hill the Pioneers just couldn’t get over, losing five times in six games against the ‘Toppers this season.
Freeman was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs for the Pioneers.
Aaron Blevins was 2-for-3 at the plate, and Chris Marti had a two-run single to bring the Pioneers three runs in the fifth inning.
Crockett baseball defeated Sevier County in last Monday night’s Region 1-AAA semifinal game.
The Pioneers won the hard-fought game in Sevierville by a score of 7-5.
Senior Drue Deloach propelled the Pioneers to overcome a three-run deficit when he hit a three-run double to tie the game at 4-4.
The score stayed that way until the top of the ninth inning when Crockett brought in three runs to make it 7-4, leaving just one chance left for Sevier County to catch up.
Senior Clinton Freeman started the scoring streak, hitting a double that brought in teammate Sam Tarlton.
The Sevierville team managed to bring in one run in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t get any closer to the Pioneers.
That win sent the Pioneers on to play Science Hill for the championship, where they lost.
Science Hill has gone on to make its fourth state appearance in five years.