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Lady Pioneers end season on high note

ad seen their share of ups and a few downs prior to entering postseason play. But throughout the course of the district tournament, the Lady Pioneers proved they belong among the top teams in the conference.
After finishing the regular season with a near .500 record, Crockett opened play in the conference tournament on May 2 against Dobyns-Bennet.
In easily the most exciting game of the first round, the Lady Pioneers eked out a nine inning, 3-2 victory to move on to the double-elimination portion of the bracket.
On May 5, Crockett returned to action against one seed Volunteer in their first appearance ever in the double-elimination portion of the tournament.
Despite another strong showing against the conference’s top team, the Lady Pioneers would eventually fall, 4-1.
The loss pushed Crockett to the consolation bracket and set up an elimination matchup with Science Hill.
An intense and hungry Lady Pioneer squad would again gut out a narrow win over a favored Science Hill, 5-4.
After three scoreless innings with Haley Grindstaff keeping the Hilltopper bats quiet to open the contest, the Lady Pioneers and Lady Hilltoppers would play even with each team scoring four runs over the next three innings.
With the teams tied at four entering the final inning, the stage was set for last inning heroics, as Madison Grindstaff tripled in the seventh and was driven in a hit later by Lily Ayers to give Crockett the 5-4 advantage.
Boone’s win over Volunteer set up another meeting between the Lady Pioneers and Lady Falcons on May 7, this time however, the winner would advance to the championship game and punch their ticket to the regional tournament.
Haley Grindstaff was again fantastic in the circle, keeping Volunteer scoreless through the first five innings, but against the opposing pitcher, Morgan Marshall, Crockett’s offense couldn’t take advantage.
With the teams scoreless through five, the Crockett defense committed three errors in the bottom of the sixth inning, leading to five Volunteer runs and giving the Lady Falcons the eventual 5-0 win.
Although the loss ends the season for the Lady Pioneers with a 20-23 overall record, the 2014 Crockett softball campaign will go down as one of the most successful in school history.
Haley Grindstaff and Maddie Tarlton were also selected to the all-tournament team.