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Lady Trailblazers pummel Lady Pioneers to start season

The spring sports season has returned to Washington County.
David Crockett and Daniel Boone high schools opened their regular seasons for baseball and softball last week.
Playing several games allowed teams to see where they sit in the early going of the season.
Opening week also featured a matchup between the two rivals on the softball field.
The Lady Blazers, who are expected to be even stronger than last season’s 40-plus-win team, couldn’t have begun the season any better.
The team’s opening day win over the Lady Pioneers of Crockett was just the beginning of a good week.
The March 13 contest featured Boone at their best, holding Crockett to just two hits on the night, with senior pitcher Kellie Waycaster working four strong innings without allowing a hit.
The Lady Blazers’ offense was just as impressive, scoring four runs in the bottom half of the first, eventually pushing their lead to 9-0 after the first four innings.
Leading Boone in the 12-0 final was Andrea Rogers, who finished with five RBIs.
While Waycaster earned the win for Boone, returning Pioneer pitcher Gail Hooks received the loss.
Her time in the circle wasn’t helped by the Pioneer defense that totaled four errors in the game.
Crockett’s loss to Boone was preceded by their opening day loss to University High 6-5.
The contest, which needed extra innings to decide a winner, saw the Pioneers trail through the first six innings before seizing the lead in the top of the seventh with a three-run inning to give the Pioneers a 5-3 advantage.
But the Junior Bucs would rally in the bottom half of the final inning to send the game to extra innings.
A one-run ninth gave University the 6-5 win.
The Pioneers finished up the week dropping their third contest in a row 8-3 in their home opener against Cherokee on March 16.
The Lady Blazers followed up their first win of the season a night later against Unicoi County.
The visiting Lady Devils brought across the first run of the night in the fourth inning, one which Boone matched in the bottom half with a Kayla Sanders solo shot.
With the game tied, the Lady Blazers used a three-run fifth, triggered by a Natalie Sheffey two-run homer, to give Boone the 4-1 win.
Waycaster earned her second win in just as many games, holding Unicoi to just four hits.
Boone wrapped up their perfect week in a wet 4-0 win over visiting Volunteer on March 15.