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Lady Trailblazers, Lady Pioneers face off in softball

David Crockett’s Lady Pioneers were no match for the Daniel Boone Lady ‘Blazers on Friday.
Boone racked up 11 runs to the Pioneers’ one-run effort, making it an easy six-inning win for the visiting Trailblazers.
Jennine Duncan had a triple and a home run to begin a 12-hit attack from Boone against the Pioneer defense. She scored three runs and brought in three of her teammates as the ‘Blazers earned their 25th win of the season to only five losses.
Boone’s senior pitcher Cora Baker held the Lady Pioneers to two hits for the second time this season, earning 10 strikeouts. The run Crockett scored was unearned.
In the first inning, Jessie Wheelock had an RBI single, before Duncan brought her in to score, and Andrea Rogers had a run-scoring grounder.
Crockett’s only run came in the bottom of the first when leadoff batter Stephanie Nichols reached base on an error and scored on a double play with the bases loaded.
Boone’s Kellie Waycaster then added a home run to one of Duncan’s in the second inning and continued the scoring run from there. Boone has 22 homers on the season.
Rogers, Baker and Wheelock had two hits each, and Natalie Sheffey added a hit, a walk, two runs and two stolen bases. For the Pioneers, Ashley Delavaga and Leah Rose had hits.
Boone’s Lady Trailblazers had begun this week with a good sign. The softball team, who has been in and out of the No. 1 Big Eight Conference spot all season, had a perfect showing at last weekend’s Tiny Day/Red Edmonds Invitational Softball Classic in Greeneville, where they went 6-0.
In Round Robin play, Boone went 4-0. Trailblazers senior and pitcher Cora Baker was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
They then traveled to games in Charleston, S.C., and New York early last week.
Crockett’s week has not gone as well as Boone’s.
Last Monday, Crockett fell to Morristown West 7-2. Leah Rose and Jackie Loyd each had a double for the Lady Pioneers, but the Morristown team proved too much.
Science Hill defeated Crockett on Wednesday 12-0, and Crockett fell to Boone Friday.
The District 1-AAA Tournament is set to begin May 8.