By COLLIN BROOKS
Daniel Boone found their bats at a pristine time on Monday night, tallying 12 hits to top their county rival David Crockett 6-1.
“We won this game on Sunday afternoon when we came in and really worked hard for two hours on just hitting,” Daniel Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “Our coaching staff did a good job of getting our girls ready and I thought that we had
some good swings.
“We are tickled with this win, we are going to enjoy it for 24 hours.”
The Lady Pioneers were playing their tenth game in five days and while coach Carla Weems didn’t want to use fatigue as an excuse, her team’s performance seemed to confirm it.
“It’s exhausting and I think today that might have played something with my pitching, because Haley (Grindstaff) did a lot of the pitching this weekend and I know that takes a toll on you when you pitch so many games in a row,” Weems said.
The Lady Pioneers ended up finishing in seventh place for the Eastman-Kingsport Invitational, with Unicoi County being the only other local team to finish in the top eight .
But on Monday, the Lady Pioneers weren’t able to muster the performance of the previous days. Some of that was due to the pitching performance of Daniel Boone ace Jaclyn Jenkins, who struck out six batters. Her performance at the plate was perhaps even more impressive as she went 3-for-4 with a double. She seemed to be a little more relaxed after the Lady Blazers were able to support her with three runs in the first inning.
“When it’s 0-0 you feel like all the pressure is on you,” Jenkins said. “But when it’s 4-0 nothing you feel like your team has your back.”
Daniel Boone was also led at the plate by Kristen Hall (2-for-4, RBI), Rachel Vittetoe (2-for-3) and Rhetta Persinger (2-for-3, RBI).
The Lady Pioneers lone run came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Haley Grindstaff was able to sneak under a tag at the plate. Maddie Tarlton was the only Crockett player with multiple hits.
“They just hit the ball, they came out and hit everything that was coming and going,” Weems said.