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Lady ‘Blazers pile up hits for big win

H&T Correspondent

Brylee Mesusan had five hits, Kyleigh Bacon had five RBIs and Daniel Boone’s softball team won in five innings on Monday at David Crockett.

The Trailblazers piled up 16 hits, including an impressive 5-for-5 from swift center fielder Brylee Mesusan, in the 16-2 five-inning triumph.

Boone improved to 3-0 in the conference and 15-3 overall.

Mesusan, a Tennessee signee, got down a bunt single on the game’s first pitch, stole second two pitches later and scored on Savanna Jessee’s sacrifice fly. The ‘Blazers never looked back.

Boone scored three in the first and four in the second. Bacon, a sophomore, hit a two-out, two-run single to cap the second-inning outburst and delivered a three-run home run to conclude the four-run third.

“The last six times down here we were 3-3,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “So we really harped on that yesterday about coming out of the gates. And I thought Savannah did a really good job early of of knocking some runs in.

“Coach (Carla) Weems really likes her ballclub. It’s a young team, but she really likes ‘em. She says they really come to work every day. They’re a dangerous club. You know they’re always gonna put the bat on the ball, especially down here.”

Mesusan’s impressive outing included a stand-up triple that showcased her speed. She lined balls to all fields.

“She’d been slapping and bunting really good for us and hitting right at about .450 or so,” Jenkins said. “She did a good job today. When she gets on a base we really like our chances of scoring.”

Bacon finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs and reached base in all four at-bats. The home run was the fourth of the season for Bacon, who began the week hot in Alabama.

“She started out on fire down at Gulf Shores,” Jenkins said. “Then she kind of cooled off a little bit. We’ve been working with her swing a little bit today and I thought she did a really good job of hitting it where it was pitched. She hit a changeup out. So she did a good job staying back.”

Maci Masters (Virginia Tech) was pitched carefully enough to walk three times, but finished with a double, three RBIs and two runs.

“We try to put damage all over the lineup,” Jenkins said. “I know people aren’t gonna pitch to certain people, but you’ve gotta find people you can put in there behind ‘em.”

Maggie Hillman went the distance on the mound.

“Maggie wasn’t as sharp as she has been early on, but I thought she did well as the game went on,” Jenkins said. “I thought Josie made a great play in the hole at second base. We made several good plays
in the outfield. Riley Brinn’s been playing really good for us. Audrey made a heck of a play going back making that catch in the fourth.”

The right-hander allowed six hits, no walks and one earned run while walking none and striking out three.

“Their first three (Sydney Hodges, Ashlyn Dulaney, Marin Simpkins) are really strong at the plate, very aggressive,” Boone pitching coach Tonya Bailey Jenkins said. “Maggie was just trying to hit her spots,
jam ‘em some and mix in her changeup and go away with her curve some.”

Hillman only had two three ball counts.

“She’s doing a lot better early,” Bailey Jenkins said. “Last year, she got a little stronger as the season went along. But she’s pretty good early this year, especially mentally. She doesn’t seem to get frazzled as much. She’s matured a lot.”

Audrey Moorhouse was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt, a walk and a fairly difficult catch in right field. Jessee (Liberty University) doubled and drove in two runs. Camryn Sarvis (Tennessee) doubled, walked and scored two runs and Kayleigh Quesinberry was 2-for-3 with a walk.

“It’s everybody, it’s not one person,” Jenkins said. “This bunch really pulls for each other. We’re really deep. Ava (Saul) comes in off the bench and gets a two-run knock there. She’s been hitting it really good, too. We really like our lineup.”

Austin Peay signee Ashlyn Dulaney and Hodges each went 2-for-3 for Crockett. Dulaney had a triple off the right-field fence.

Crockett (2-2, 10-10) is at Dobyns-Bennett on Wednesday.

David Crockett’s baseball team snapped a 12-game losing streak to defending state champion Science Hill with a 14-6 victory on Monday at Sonny Miller Field.

The Pioneers drew 10 walks and overcame a 6-0 third-inning deficit.

“It was a big win,” Crockett coach Spencer Street said. “We were very disciplined at the plate and fortunate to get some runners on to be able to get some timely hits. Our hitters did a great job of taking what we were allowed to take as far as pitch placement and things like that, taking the ball the other way and being able to turn on some balls. That’s what we preach and what we’re trying to get the guys to buy into.”

Noah Oster was 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs. Catcher Caleb Bradburn was 2-for-4 with five RBIs. And Ethan Swift and Hayden Osburn were each 2-for-3 with two RBIs. One of Swift’s hits was a
home run.

“We’ve been swinging it pretty good,” Street said. “I think tonight is the first time we put it all together one through nine at the same time. Ethan’s home run was kind of the dagger.

“Caleb Bradburn had a five-RBI night. He’s been our anchor in that three-four hole all year. He does a great job. It seems like when he gets runners on he just gets better. He did a good job to battle in a couple of those at-bats and put some really good swings on balls and comes away with a big night at
the plate.”

Crockett executed some bunts, too.

“Nate Laws and Carson Mosier got bunts down,” Street said. “We’ve got eight or nine guys we feel comfortable with getting a bunt down. The guys really buy in to (bunting). We get as excited for that as we do for a base-hit.”

Gage Peterson settled down to strike out six while allowing four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings for the victory. He gave up nine hits and seven walks.

“For Gage to come and get touched up a little in the first couple of innings and to settle down and us not give up a run the fourth through the sixth or seventh inning was huge,” Street said. “That’s a very good,
very talented, well-coached Science Hill team. Any time you can get a win against a quality program like that is big for us and our culture and what we’re trying to do.”

Daniel Boone’s Aiden Roller, Graham Jones and Liam Strouth combined to one-hit Jefferson County on Monday, but the Trailblazers lost 3-0 at home against the Patriots thanks to Tanner Franklin’s 15-strikeout gem.