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Lady Blazers’ season comes to end with sectional loss

As the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School headed south last week for regional and sectional action, so did their season.
Boone (36-7) entered the week looking for a second consecutive state tournament berth after finishing as state runner-up last year.
But a region final loss at Seymour followed by an opening loss to Maryville in the sectional ended the Lady Blazers’ postseason run and consequently their season.
After capturing the district tournament, the Lady Blazers moved to the region, where they hosted the opener on May 13 against Jefferson County.
A win would advance the Lady Blazers to the region finals and assure them a spot in the sectionals.
Guided by Jenna Carmody’s five RBIs, the Lady Blazers prolonged their season by defeating Jefferson County 7-2.
Boone opened the contest by scoring three runs in the home half of the first inning before adding a couple of runs each in the third and fifth innings.
In the circle, Boone’s McKenzi Ferguson was once again outstanding.
The Blazer pitcher allowed only five Patriot hits behind 10 strikeouts in a complete game effort.
Despite falling behind 3-0 to open the contest, Jefferson County rallied for two runs in the third inning to cut the Blazer lead to one, but Boone pushed the advantage back to three in the bottom of the inning after scoring two runs.
Carmody capped off the Blazer win two innings later in the fifth with a two-run homerun, her fourth and fifth RBI of the day.
In all, the Lady Blazers totaled 10 hits on the day.
The win set up a May 15 regional final against a familiar foe for Boone, the Lady Eagles of Seymour.
Boone tabbed freshman Jaclyn Jenkins in the circle. She once again answered with a strong performance, allowing just one run in five complete innings of work.
The problem, however, was on offense as the Lady Blazers struggled to stream together hits and were mired in strikeouts.
Despite 13 strikeouts by Boone batters, the Lady Blazers kept the contest close.
Seymour scored the game’s first run in the third inning, but Boone tied the contest in the fifth after Meredith Good scored on an error.
Ferguson relieved Jenkins in the sixth inning, but eventually got in trouble with the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With runners on second and third, Boone elected to intentionally walk the next hitter, which loaded the bases.
Ferguson couldn’t get out of the jam, walking in the winning run and giving Seymour a 2-1 win and the regional championship.
Fortunately for the Lady Blazers, the top two teams in the region advanced to the sectionals and the Blazers’ season was prolonged at least one more game on the last stage before the state tournament.
Boone’s opponent for the sectional matchup was Maryville, a team the Lady Blazers had already beaten once this season at the Eastman Invitational.
This time, the Lady Blazers would have to win on the road to keep their season going.
Playing in Maryville on May 17, the Lady Blazers appeared poised early on to beat the Rebels for the second time this season.
Boone struck early with a run in the first, but Maryville would tie the game at 1-1 in the home half of the inning.
A solo homerun in the second gave Maryville their first lead of the game, one which Boone would never overcome.
The Rebels eventually added four more runs while holding the Lady Blazers scoreless after the first inning to capture a 6-1 win.
The loss ended the Lady Blazers’ season just a game short of the state tournament.
The Lady Blazers finished the season with a 36-8 overall record, a perfect conference mark, and a conference championship.