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Lady Blazers top Volunteer to capture district championship

With the first leg of the postseason now finished, Daniel Boone’s final run is beginning to have a fairytale feel to it.
With Head Coach Rick Wagner announcing two weeks ago that he would be resigning at the conclusion of the season following 12 successful years at the helm of Boone softball, the Lady Blazers seem determined to send out on a high note the man that launched the program.
The Lady Blazers delivered in the district tournament, capturing their sixth consecutive conference championship with an 8-2 win over top seeded Volunteer.
After dealing the Lady Blazers their first conference defeat in two years to open the season, the Lady Falcons of Volunteer cruised through the regular season schedule, beating the Blazers for a second time on route to an undefeated season in the Big 7.
With the stakes even higher as the teams entered play at the district tournament at Daniel Boone beginning on May 2, the Blazers showed once again that come tournament time, they would be at their best.
The Blazers opened the district tournament by beating Sullivan Central 6-0 on May 2 in the first round.
Their postseason success continued three days later in the quarterfinals with McKenzie Ferguson again pitching a shutout, this time against Science Hill as Boone won the game, 8-0.
The win matched Boone with Volunteer in the semifinals for their third meeting of the season. This time, it would be Boone’s turn to break a streak.
With Jaclyn Jenkins in the circle for Boone, the Lady Falcons called on the conference’s top pitcher, Morgan Marshall, who had no-hit the Lady Blazers in their first meeting. The sophomore would not duplicate the feat this time around.
The Blazers plated two runs in the top of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead, but after a scoreless third and fourth inning for the visitors, Volunteer took the lead in the home-half of the fourth with a three-run inning.
An inning later, Boone’s Hannah Montoya blasted a solo homerun to tie the contest at 3-3.
Volunteer would regain the lead in the sixth inning, adding another run to move ahead 4-3, giving Boone one last chance to extend the contest.
In the top of the seventh, the Lady Blazers would again answer as they produced their best offensive inning of the game, pushing three runners across the plate to take a 6-4 advantage.
The score would stand as Ferguson closed out the Falcons with a scoreless frame in the seventh, sending Volunteer to the consolation bracket of the tournament and elevating the Blazers to the championship game.
Volunteer would defeat Crockett to meet Boone for the second time in as many days on May 8 in the championship contest. The Falcons would have to beat Boone twice to end the Lady Blazers stretch of tournament championships.
Boone would need only one game to secure their sixth consecutive district crown. With Ferguson in the circle, the Lady Blazers coasted to an 8-2 win.
Ferguson was named tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Meredith Good, Allison Littleton, Hannah Montoya and Haley Wagner.
Boone now moves on to the region where they will host Seymour on May 12 in Gray.