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Crockett, Boone showdown ends in Pioneer victory

From STAFF REPORTS
David Crockett High School proved it’s never over until the fat lady sings – or in the Pioneers’ case, until Clinton Freeman’s bat swings.
The Pioneers were five runs down against Daniel Boone High School up until the game’s sixth inning, when Freeman, who went 3-for-3 with 4 RBI, began a Crockett rally with a three-run home run.
Pioneer Sam Tarlton had the game-winning hit one inning later, racking up an RBI with a double to center. The final score was 10-9, Crockett.
Crockett began the scoring in Tuesday’s game in the first inning, when Tarlton eked out a hit to left center that got him to second base. Freeman brought him home to put Crockett up 1-0.
But Boone didn’t stay behind for long.
Trailblazer Hunter Saults, who went 2-for-4, with 2 RBI, hit a looping pop-up just over the shortstop’s head. Hayden Chandley was struck by pitcher Freeman and was able to take his base.
Caleb Cochran brought in Saults and Chandley with his hit in the middle of the second, leaving Boone up 2-1.
Crockett answered with a three-run homerun from Jacob Berry, making it 4-2, Crockett.
But Boone’s Saults came through again, with a double that tied the score at 4 runs each.
After an error prolonged the inning, Boone’s Kevin Connell brought in three runs with a home run.
By the end of that inning, it was 8-4 Boone after hits from Josh Starkey and Chris Goodman. The ‘Blazers added one more run in the top of the fifth inning.
But the Pioneers proved they weren’t down for the count, with Freeman beginning the comeback with a double to left field. Drue Deloach’s single brought Freeman into home.
A throwing error by Boone let pinch runner Dylan Day score.
The Blazers brought in Connell to attempt the save, but Freeman whacked Connell’s second pitch over the fence to tie the game.
The game ended 10-9, Crockett pulling out a win against county rivals Boone.
With the win over the Trailblazers, Crockett improved to 3-1 overall, and 2-1 in the Big Eight Conference.