By TREY WILLIAMS
David Crockett’s baseball team didn’t pay off an umpire, but it salvaged a split with Daniel Boone last week thanks to Grady Cash.
Cash pitched Crockett to victory and went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run in the Pioneers’ 8-5 defeat of Boone on Wednesday at Warren Miller Park.
The versatile Cash allowed one earned run in four innings while giving up three hits, walking two and striking out four.
“Grady Cash has been playing very well lately,” first-year coach Spencer Street said. “I don’t really know what his best position is.
“He helps us out so much on the mound. He’s our second conference starter, behind the lefty (Luke) Adams. He’s kind of a utility guy, and it’s not because he can’t play a position better than anybody else. It’s really because he does everything so well. And he hits well.
“He would make the sandwiches and drive the bus if we asked him to. He’s played every position this year except catcher, and I think I’m gonna put him in at catcher in one of our last games just so he can say he played all nine positions.”
Cash was hitting .379 and second on the team with 15 RBIs following Monday’s victory against Cherokee, which improved the Pioneers to 3-6 in the Big Seven Conference and 7-12 overall.
Cade Larkins is leading the Pioneers with a .440 average. Sophomore Cody Wheeley is leading the Pioneers in RBIs (16) and runs (18). He’s also 1-1 on the mound with two saves and 16 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.
“He’s got that pretty left-handed swing and in every conference win we’ve had, he’s closed the game out,” Street said.
“He’s gonna be a guy that garners a lot of (college) attention this summer and next year.”
Daniel Boone Baseball
Daniel Boone junior Cade Elliott doesn’t get much attention. But that’s because he’s already committed to Tennessee.
Duke and East Tennessee State had already shown strong interest, too. But Elliott, a 6-foot-6 left-handed two-way player, said colleges have honored his commitment by halting their pursuit.
Elliott raised his average near .500 with a 3-for-3 night in the Trailblazers’ 8-6 home win against Tennessee High on Monday.
“He’s a really, really good high school hitter,” Tennessee High coach Preston Roberts said.
The victory denied the Vikings from moving into a first-place tie with Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill, and allows the ‘Blazers (7-4, 14-10) a decent chance of still finishing as high as second.
Elliott pitched a complete game in Boone’s 12-3 defeat of David Crockett last week at Clarence Mabe Field. He struck out 10 and walked none en route to a five-hitter.
He also went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
“I’ve been having a lot of fun this year, more fun than I’ve had in baseball in a long time,” Elliott said.
“These are good guys and when you see a team like this you just love playing around ‘em.”
Boone honored former coach Jerry Jenkins prior to the game. A large turnout of former players paid tribute.
Daniel Boone Softball
Daniel Boone’s softball team remained in a first-place tie with David Crockett in the Big Seven Conference while improving to 35-5 with a 10-1 win against Dobyns-Bennett on Monday in Gray.
Nickolette Ferguson struck out nine and walked none while pitching a four-hitter. Ferguson also had two hits, as did Dannah Persinger, Megan Ackerman and Brylee Mesusan.
Ackerman pitched a shutout on Saturday when the ‘Blazers beat Gibbs 2-0 in the championship of the Gibbs Invitational. Jaycie Jenknins was 2-for-3 with a run and Ferguson went 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Ferguson pitched a two-hitter and Jenkins went 3-for-4 in a 6-0 win against William Blount.
Ferguson tossed a five-inning perfect game in a 15-0 win against Union for the ‘Blazers. Jenkins and Greyson Stevens each hit a home run.
David Crockett Softball
David Crockett stayed atop the Big Seven Conference standings with wins last week at Dobyns-Bennett and Tennessee High.
Riley Hope went 4-for-4 with five RBIs and four runs in a 15-1 victory at Tennessee High on Wednesday. The Pioneers also got home runs from Madison Roy and Mackenzie Baldwin.
Milligan College signee Kara Weems pitched a three-hitter and drove in three runs against the Vikings.