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Hillman leads ‘Blazers over ‘Toppers


H&T Correspondent

The Daniel Boone softball team has hit its stride – and most every pitcher it’s facing these days.

After dropping two games the opening week of the season against David Crockett and Science Hill, the Trailblazers improved to 13-3 on Monday with a 9-0 defeat of Science Hill, the Big Seven Conference preseason favorite.

The victory came on the heels of a runner-up finish at a tournament in Cookeville over the weekend during which the Trailblazers (3-1, 13-3) outscored opponents 46-3 while going 4-1.

Maggie Hillman (7-1) gave up seven hits, walked one, hit a batter and struck out three in the victory at Science Hill (2-2, 13-2).

“We just had a really good day on the mound, and then on defense, too,” said Hillman, who struck out Tatyanna Beatty looking to end it. “We had a good talk earlier today when we were hitting, about just working together as a team and having fun. And I think we really showed that today.”

Shortstop Camryn Sarvis dove to her left to grab Maddie Holstein’s hard-hit one-hopper and quickly got the ball to second baseman Josie Jenkins for an inning-ending force-out in the sixth.

“That was a great play,” Hillman said. “They were really able to back me up today and it makes it easy on me.”

Other defensive gems included McKenna Dietz getting a good jump on Beth Pridemore’s sinking liner to center field and Jenkins’ difficult back-handed play and quick throw to first for an out that included a good dig by Kyleigh Bacon at first base.

“We’ve been hitting the ball well all weekend,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “But we gave up three runs in five games this past weekend and Maggie’s been leading the way there for us. We throw strikes and catch balls behind her. We try to get ahead in the count; I thought she did a great job of that. She’s really come into really throwing well for us the last week and a half.

“We made some good plays behind her, especially Cami and Josie made some really good plays at short and second. I thought, top to bottom, we played a pretty clean game defensively and I thought we pitched really well.”

Dietz was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. The home run was her second of the season.

Robinette was 2-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch, a sacrifice bunt and three RBIs. The home run was her fifth of the season.

Bacon was 3-for-3 with a bunt single, a walk and three RBIs. Sarvis was 3-for-5 with two runs.

“I thought our kids really had some good at-bats,” Jenkins said. “I thought we played the small game really good. I thought we bunted well and some girls bunted that hadn’t been bunting before – our bigger kids in the middle of our lineup. Emma’s really hitting the ball well right now for us and we had freshman Kyleigh Bacon that was 3-for-3 and knocked in three – and two of them were two-out hits.”

Science Hill’s ace, Sejal Neas, who got the win against Boone in the previous meeting, left the game with a knee injury in the bottom of the first.

“I hope Sejal’s okay, because that’s not good for our league,” Jenkins said. “She’s the top player in the area and we hope she’s okay. That took some wind out of their sails, you know. That’s gonna take the wind out of anybody’s sails.”

David Crockett Softball

David Crockett’s softball team (4-0, 14-2) went 5-0 at the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach last week.

The Pioneers wasted no time getting started on outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 70-12. They scored 10 runs in the first inning of the opening game, a 15-0 win against Toledo (Ohio) Christian. Alyssa Suits and Avery Hope each homered during the first-inning outburst.

Suits and Hope each tallied three RBIs. Suits had four RBIs in a 21-2 win against Toledo Christian on Wednesday. Riley Hope had three RBIs.

Also on Wednesday, the Pioneers defeated Pee Dee Academy (South Carolina), 10-6. Crockett scored seven in the third to take a 9-4 lead.

Avery Hope had three RBIs and winning pitcher Kennedy Broyles added two RBIs.

Crockett swept Lee Academy (Bishopville, South Carolina) in a doubleheader on Thursday by scores of 11-3 and 13-1. Matty McKee and Cara Wilson recorded the victories on the mound.

Suits and Ashlyn Dulaney each homered in game two. Broyles and Megan Davis tallied three RBIs each in the opener against Lee Academy and Broyles, Dulaney, Riley Hope and Sydney Hodges tallied two RBIs apiece in the opener.

David Crockett Baseball

David Crockett’s baseball team won two of three games at the Clinch River Challenge over the weekend. The Pioneers (3-2, 7-4) bounced back from an 11-1 loss to Knox Webb with a 9-3 win against Clinton and an 11-0 defeat of Morristown West.

Isaac Cook got the victory against Clinton and Garrison Richardson recorded the win in the defeat of West. Mason Britton was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI against Clinton and went 2-for-3 with three RBIs versus West. Cody Wheeley hit his sixth home run of the season against West.

Crockett lost 10-7 to Science Hill at home on Monday (April 5). Wheeley went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and three RBIs. Brenden Reid was 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs and Britton drove in two runs.

Daniel Boone Baseball

Daniel Boone’s Gaven Jones allowed one hit and a walk while striking out nine in the Trailblazers’ 15-1 defeat of Cherokee on Monday. It was Jones’ fourth win of the season, which kept Boone (5-0, 8-5) tied for first with Science Hill in the Big Seven.

Jackson Jenkins went 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI. Preston Miller went 2-for-3 with a home run. Hagen Edwards was also 2-for-3. Edwards had two runs and two RBIs. Miller scored three runs.