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Lady Blazers continue to carry hot bats during conference play

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It’s been quite a week for the Lady Blazers who have taken advantage of some hot bats and rest to score four conference wins over the past two weeks.

Things culminated with an 8-1 win on the road against Science Hill on Monday.

Rhetta Persinger led the Lady Blazers with a two-run home run in the second inning to cap off a five run inning. Hitting and getting points on the scoreboard early was important to the Lady Blazers, according to their senior.

“We practiced yesterday and worked a lot on hitting and it paid off,” Persinger said. “Every year that we have played Science Hill it has come down to the last inning, so we knew that we needed to score early. So that helped a lot.”

Daniel Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said that the Lady Blazers are playing some of their best ball right now and have faced some of the best pitchers in the league during their four-game conference win streak.

“Right now, everyone is just doing their job and doing their part and that has what really turned us around,” he said.

But he is quick to mention that their pitching hasn’t been too shabby either.

“We have really pitched well, Jaclyn (Jenkins) has pitched really well,” Jenkins said.

It has also been the bats of the Lady Blazers, who scored a 22-2 win over Tennessee High on Tuesday, March 5. They followed that up with a 4-0 win over Volunteer on Thursday, March 7.

The hot bats haven’t been by coincidence, according to Daniel Boone’s Abbey Harrison.

“The coaches have worked with us a whole lot lately on the outside pitch and working off the tee,” she said. “We’ve gone out of our way as a team to come in and get extra cuts. It’s really boosted our confidence.

“Hitting is contagious and right now we are feeding off of each other. As a leader on the team, and as lead off hitter, it’s my job to spark our big innings. I feel like if I’m taking confident swings, it helps my teammates to take the same approach and be successful.”

Now the Lady Blazers will shift their focus to eight games in five days, which started with the Science Hill game on Monday and will end with five games on Friday and Saturday at South Doyle and Maryville. The Lady Blazers will also play North Greene on Thursday.

The busy schedule isn’t too big of a deal for Jenkins and his girls.

“We are playing our best ball right now, we just have to come out and continue to take good approaches at the plate and throw strikes and make routine plays and things will work out,” Jenkins said.