By COLLIN BROOKS
With the Lady Pioneers hosting the Big 7 conference tournament, it won’t be the last time that the David Crockett softball team steps foot on their home field. But that didn’t stop the emotions from pouring out when they hosted Dobyns-Bennett on Thursday, April 14.
The Lady Pioneers fell 6-3 to the conference-leading Lady Indians and the emotions of the occasion could have been to blame. But it didn’t damper the mark that the five seniors have had on the program.
“They have just been a great bunch of girls,” David Crockett coach Carla Weems said. “They have lasted all four years and finished with me and that means a lot because there are a lot that don’t make it all four years. So I think that says a lot about their character and who they are.
“To stay with something and stick with it, even if their freshman and sophomore years, things didn’t go like they wanted them to, to stick through it means a lot.”
With only a couple of weeks left in the season, the Lady Pioneers were able to gain a little rest, as the Thursday contest was the last of that week. But they opened this week with a game at Daniel Boone on Tuesday and will participate in the Tiny Day Tournament in Greeneville this weekend.
But Weems said she felt like her team is reenergized to make a run for the rest of the season.
“Once you get into the season, there isn’t really rest for anyone,” she said. “We play three or four games a week and on the weekend, but it’s not just us, everybody has done that for the most part.
“So I don’t think anyone will be very well rested. But with things not as hectic for these last two weeks, I feel like the girls will be able to get a little time to rest.”
No matter the outcome of Tuesday’s contest against Daniel Boone, David Crockett will focus on the Tiny Day Tournament, where they will be able to get valuable experience as their pool play will consist of contests against Happy Valley, Cherokee, Claiborne and Hampton.
The tournament will start with pool play on Friday and Saturday and end with championship contests on Sunday.
Last year the Lady Pioneers ended up in the middle division of the championship and secured a win and they are hoping for similar results.
“It’s always a good boost at the end of the season for us,” Weems said.