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D-B punctuates tough week for baseball

Despite a formidable start to the 2014 baseball season for the Pioneers and especially the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone, week two of the new season left more questions than answers for the Washington County rivals.
The difficult week for the Pioneers and Blazers was highlighted in separate but similar 10-0 losses to Dobyns-Bennett, who opened the week against Boone and closed their conference slate against Crockett.
The Tribe dealt the Blazers their first loss of the season on March 17 in Kingsport behind the pitching effort of Logan Gentry.
The Blazers entered the contest with a 3-0 record and the hottest bats in the conference after scoring 18, 17 and 11 runs in their first three outings of the season.
Gentry didn’t just cool the Boone bats, he froze them.
The right-hander held the Blazers to just two hits over five scoreless innings and added a two-run homerun in the third to cap off the home half of a five-run inning for Dobyns-Bennett.
For the Blazers, East Tennessee State University signee Daniel Cox was roughed up on the mound, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits in just four innings.
The Blazers bounced back a day later in Gray with a March 18 win over Sullivan Central, dropping the Cougars with a familiar 10-0 margin.
South paw Zach Byron took the mound for Boone and dazzled, allowing just six hits in six scoreless innings.
The hot-hitting Blazer bats also made a return with Andrew Street leading the way with two RBIs on two hits. Boone concluded last week’s action against Jefferson County, falling for the second time this season, in a 9-4 defeat.
While the Blazers were able to earn a win last week, the Pioneers were blanked in the win column, losing all three of last week’s contests.
After Crockett’s game against Volunteer on March 17 was postponed, the Pioneers opened the week’s slate on March 18 against Science Hill.
In a hard fought contest with several errors by both sides, the Pioneers battled back in Johnson City after an early 5-1 deficit.
Crockett would get as close as 6-5 in the fifth inning before the Hilltoppers added three runs of their own in the home half of the inning to subdue the Pioneers in a 9-6 win.
John Long led the Crockett bats with a three-run homerun in the fifth inning.
Following the loss to Science Hill, the Pioneers fell 10-0 to Dobyns-Bennett on March 20 and concluded the week a day later with a tough 14-6 loss to Sullivan South.