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Lady Pioneers narrowly miss upset win, Lady Blazers still undefeated in conference

The Lady Pioneer and Blazer softball squads wrapped up their week sitting in two very different places among other Big 8 teams. While the Lady Blazers sit undefeated in the conference and the Lady Pioneers are near the bottom, it’s the Crockett girls who have shown the most improvement from the beginning of the season to the midway point.
The Lady Pioneers (1-10, 1-6) began the week with Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett. Though Crockett lost to the Hilltoppers 10-0, their effort against the Lady Indians on April 5 showed the Pioneers was impressive.
Dobyns-Bennett jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before Crockett came roaring back in the home half of the second, scoring three runs. The Lady Pioneers cut the deficit to just one run after scoring again in the third inning. Dobyns-Bennett pushed back ahead by four runs heading to the bottom of the seventh. The Crockett bats came alive again, scoring three runs and cutting the deficit to just one.
Their upset bid fell short as the Lady Indians regained control, getting the final outs to put the Lady Pioneers away 9-8. Crockett’s Brittany Broyles and Sierra Summerix led the Pioneers at the plate combining for four RBIs on three hits including two triples.
The Lady Blazers (14-3, 6-0) have found success in the circle and the batter’s box. Boone opened the week against Sullivan Central, hitting on offense and holding their opponent in check on defense. Kellie Waycaster, who has only lost once this season, was dominant again, allowing only three hits in four innings. Haley Wagner pitched a perfect fifth and Boone rolled easily 10-0. On April 6, Boone faced another conference opponent in Tennessee High. Waycaster pitched seven shutout innings to earn her 10th win, allowing only seven hits in the game. On offense, Boone exploded for four home runs and 11 total runs for an 11-0 victory. Waycaster, Megan Walker, Andrea Rogers and Kayla Sanders all hit long balls in the win.
Boone participated in the Science Hill invitational, coming away with two losses. Boone won 11-1 against Happy Valley, 20-0 against Pendleton County of Kentucky, 20-2 against Henry Clay of Kentucky, but fell to Unicoi 3-1 for the second time this season and lost to Morristown East 7-6.
Boone will play Volunteer on April 12 and Science Hill on April 14 before entering the Tiny Day Tournament in Greeneville over the weekend. Crockett will travel to Tennessee High on April 12 and Sullivan South on April 14 before joining Boone in the tournament.