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Lady Blazers bring in big weekend

For the third straight year, the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone topped all local teams in the area’s biggest softball tournament, the Eastman Invitational.
The 41-team, four-day tournament completed play on April 6 with the Lady Blazers again in front of all local teams after a third-place finish.
Boone who finished third in 2013 and won the tournament in 2012, finished strong on the final day of the event after a grueling slate of games against many of the state’s top teams.
After struggling in the first days of the tournament and dropping two games, the Lady Blazers bounced back to enter Sunday’s championship round.
McKenzie Ferguson was in the circle for all four of the Lady Blazers contests on the final day. And she delivered.
Boone opened the round of 16 by eliminating University High 8-1. In the round of eight, the Lady Blazers were again victorious, this time eliminating Unicoi County 6-0.
With just the final four teams left in the bracket and despite another outstanding effort from Ferguson in the circle, the Blazers fell just shy of advancing to the championship game after a 2-1 loss to Christian Academy of Knoxville.
Boone would rebound with a 4-2 win over Greenbrier in the consolation game to finish third at the tournament.
In their early games at the Invitational, the Lady Blazers dropped contests to Unicoi and Greenbrier, but were able to avenge both losses on the final day of play.
Knoxville Halls, who captured the Eastman Championship last year, defeated CAK in the championship game to become the first back-to-back champion since Unicoi won three in a row from 2009 to 2011.
The Lady Blazers carried their tournament momentum into their three-game slate last week, winning all three of their contests.
Following the conclusion of the Invitational, the Lady Blazers returned to conference play to defeat Tennessee High 10-0 on April 8. They pulled out a narrow 3-2 win on April 10 over Morristown West, and concluded the week with another win over a conference opponent, shutting out Sullivan Central 10-0.
Boone holds a 19-8 overall record on the season with a 6-1 conference mark. They remain a game behind first place Volunteer.