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Crockett boys looking for turnaround, Lady Pioneers take first win

With losses stacking up for the softball and baseball teams of David Crockett, the second week of the season offered an opportunity for the teams to push their season in the right direction. While the Lady Pioneers received their first win of the season, things didn’t get any easier for the boys, opening the week with tough in-conference games followed by an extremely competitive tournament beginning on Thursday.
Pioneers can’t get back on track
The David Crockett baseball team opened the week with their second conference game of the season against Dobyns-Bennett.
The Pioneers were strong on offense early, matching a talented Indian squad at the plate through the first five innings, trailing only 6-5. The sixth and seventh innings were a different story for both Big 8 teams. While the Indians’ bats came alive, Crockett faltered, eventually losing 13-5.
The Pioneers were led offensively by Josh Barnett who finished at the plate with two hits and three runs. Ty Shipley hit the only team home run.
Crockett returned to action a night later with another key conference game against South. The March 22 meeting between the two teams went awry early for the Pioneers, as the Rebels took a 5-0 lead behind a two-run second and three-run third inning.
South pitcher Heath Haden took it from there, holding the Pioneer offense to just three hits with their only run crossing the plate in the seventh inning. Shipley once again led the Pioneers, collecting two of the team’s three hits at the plate. The loss dropped Crockett’s conference record to 0-3 on the season.
Crockett opened play on Thursday against Bradley Central in the Ooltewah Invitational. The Pioneers will look to get their first conference win this week with their only Big 8 matchup against Volunteer at home on March 29.
Lady Pioneers win
first game of season
The young Lady Pioneers have struggled early in and out of conference entering the second week of play. With their only games on the schedule this past week against conference foes, the Pioneers were in great need of a win.
Crockett opened the week on March 22 against Sullivan South with a disappointing 14-7 loss at home. On Thursday, the Lady Pioneers found themselves 0-3 before hosting Volunteer in Jonesborough.
Crockett’s pitcher Gail Hooks was superb throughout the game, allowing only five hits through seven shutout innings. Jackie Lloyd’s two-run base hit in the third inning gave the Pioneers a 2-0 advantage with Hooks still pitching strong in the circle.
Crockett added another run in the home-half of the fourth, and Hooks held strong, giving Crockett their first win of the season 3-0.
The Lady Pioneers will continue a slate of games this week including a conference matchup with rival Daniel Boone on Tuesday before opening the Eastman tournament in Kingsport, April 1.