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Crockett baseball, softball top conference standings

As the first month of the baseball and softball seasons comes to a close, the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers of David Crockett have both been the surprise of the Big 7, each occupying the conference’s top spot.
After their March 30 win over Volunteer, the baseball Pioneers extended their conference mark to 5-1. The strong start to the 2015 season can be credited to the Pioneers pitching staff and defense in the field.
The Lady Pioneers have been just as good, compiling a 4-1 record in the conference that most recently included a win over perennial softball powerhouse and rival Daniel Boone on March 25.
The Lady Pioneers opened last week with a 3-1 win over Science Hill in Jonesborough on March 23.
With Haley Grindstaff in the circle and behind her a defense that has become one of the better units in the conference, Crockett limited the Hilltoppers to a single run in Grindstaff’s complete game.
Science Hill would strike first in the contest with a single run, but Crockett would respond in the fourth and fifth innings, plating a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth behind hits and scores by Maddie Tarlton and Sam Fox.
The Hilltoppers would push the Pioneers in the seventh, but after loading the bases, Grindstaff ended the threat with a strikeout to earn the win.
Crockett would remain in Jonesborough for their March 25 contest against rival Daniel Boone, needing just two innings to secure another conference win and taking a big step toward solidifying their spot atop the Big 7 standings.
Jessica Leach’s two RBI singles in the first inning helped give the Lady Pioneers a 3-0 lead, and Madison Grindstaff’s three RBI base clearing doubles in the second would guide Crockett to a big 7-0 advantage after just two frames.
The Lady Blazers would attempt a comeback over the next five innings guided by Caroline Wilson’s two homeruns, but Crockett would hold them off, capturing the 7-5 win.
Haley Grindstaff would need 121 pitches for her second consecutive complete game win and was able to finish the Blazers off despite a late threat in the seventh.
Boone preceded the loss with a 10-5 win over Sullivan Central on March 24, but dropped their second contest in a row a day after their loss to Crockett in falling to Science Hill 5-2 on March 26.
Crockett meanwhile would keep the wins coming, taking a 9-1 win over Sullivan Central on March 26 before traveling to South Carolina to begin play in the Azalea Invitational on March 30 and 31.
While Crockett is off to a 4-1 first place start in the conference, the Lady Blazers have struggled to a 1-3 conference mark and 6-7 record overall through the first month of the season.
Baseball Blazers also off to strong start
With the first month of the high school baseball season in the books, the Pioneers of David Crockett hold the conference’s top spot, but the Blazers are just a half game behind after the rivals each kept pace with wins on March 30.
After suffering their first conference loss of the season on March 23 in a 6-5 contest against Dobyns-Bennett, Boone bounced back.
The Blazers captured a 3-2 win over Volunteer on March 24, a 6-3 win over Jefferson County on March 26 and punctuated their recent run with a 6-3 win in Bristol over Tennessee High on March 30.
Boone opened the contest with a run in the top of the first inning after a Brandon Davis leadoff triple and added to their advantage an inning later with a three-run second.
The Blazers tallied their last of six runs in the top of the seventh and Dean Malenda who took the mound in the fifth inning for starter Zach Byron, closed out the Vikings in the home-half of the inning.
The win pushed the Blazers to 4-1 in the conference and 7-3 overall.
Crockett opened play last week on March 24 with a 7-4 win over Dobyns-Bennett and followed up a day later with a 12-1 rout of Gate City.
The Pioneers traveled to Murfreesboro over the weekend to take part in the Warrior Spring Classic. Despite dropping all three tournament contests, the Pioneers returned to form on March 30 with a 12-1 shellacking of Volunteer.
Crockett improved to 5-1 in the conference with the win and hold a 7-4 record overall.