By TREY WILLIAMS
The wind was blowing out at Clarence Mabe Field on Friday, and it had Daniel Boone pitcher Ryne Haney feeling down about his start against visiting Sullivan South.
“The wind changed my approach a little bit,” Haney said. “I couldn’t leave anything up in the zone or it could prove costly.”
Mission accomplished. Haney pitched a no-hitter against a solid Rebels lineup in the Trailblazers’ 15-0 five-inning victory. Haney walked one and hit a batter while striking out seven.
“Ryne was really impressive throwing multiple pitches for strikes,” Boone coach Rob Hoover said.
“He was able to stay ahead in the counts most of the night. He has put in a lot of hard work, and I couldn’t be prouder for him to experience a no-hitter at the high school level.”
The game ended when left fielder Easton Harrell made a catch and threw to first base to double up Peyton Stanley.
“I went after the hitters with my fastball early in hopes of throwing a breaking ball that they couldn’t do anything with,” Haney said.
“I knew that if I did my job and kept balls off the heart of the plate, my teammates would make plays behind me.”
Colby Backus and Ben Allen each drove in three runs. Backus, Brody Goodman and Tennessee commitment Cade Elliott, a junior, each had two hits.
It was business as usual at the plate for Backus and Elliott, who are setting a torrid pace during Boone’s 6-3 start.
“Cade Elliott is off to an impressive start offensively by hitting .667 through nine games,” Hoover said, “and Colby Backus is hitting .452 with 14 RBIs.”
David Crockett Baseball
David Crockett’s Landon Quillen pitched a two-hitter in the Pioneers’ 9-1 win against Unicoi County on Friday. Quillen struck out nine and walked one.
He helped his cause by going 2-for-5 with two triples, two RBIs and two runs. Cade Larkins was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Cody Wheeley (2-for-2, double, RBI), Grady Cash (2-for-4, two runs, RBI) and Johnny Loyd (2-for-4, RBI) also excelled at the plate for Spencer Street’s Pioneers (3-4).
Daniel Boone Softball
The Daniel Boone softball team recorded its second victory in as many meetings this season with rival David Crockett, following up an extra-inning conference victory with a 3-0 win in the East Tennessee Classic championship Saturday night at Winged Deer Park.
Nickolette Ferguson pitched a three-hitter for the Trailblazers (12-2). McKenna Dietz hit a solo home run and doubled and scored on a home run by Kayla Hubbard.
Jenna Davis took the loss for the Pioneers (7-3), who got two hits from Alyssa Suits.
Boone’s championship run included a 1-0 win against Farragut and a 4-3 defeat of Science Hill in the semifinals.
Megan Ackerman pitched a four-hit shutout against Farragut on Friday. Freshman Brylee Mesusan led off the seventh inning with a walk and stole second. She was sacrificed to third by Jaycie Jenkins and scored the winning run on Ackerman’s sacrifice fly.
Ackerman also produced what proved to be the game-winning RBI in the win against Science Hill.
David Crockett Softball
David Crockett defeated Unicoi County, 5-3, in the semifinals. Matty McKee tallied two hits and two RBIs.
Ashlyn Dulaney hit a grand slam and drove in six runs in Crockett’s 12-1 win against Unaka on Thursday at Winged Deer.