By TREY WILLIAMS
David Crockett’s softball team has begun the season in grand fashion.
Alyssa Suits hit a grand slam in Crockett’s 9-6 defeat of Daniel Boone on Tuesday (March 16) at Crockett and Riley Hope hit a grand slam six days later in the Pioneers’ 5-4 win against Cherokee.
The victory against archrival Boone, of course, was especially sweet for Crockett, which entered play Tuesday with a 3-0 record in the Big Seven Conference and 6-2 overall.
Hope and her younger sister Avery also hit solo home runs against Boone, starting a Pioneers rally after Boone jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
The Trailblazers still led 5-2 when Crockett came to bat in the bottom of the fourth. Sydney Hodges’ two-out RBI single made it 5-3 and the bases were full when Suits stepped to the plate. She swung at an 0-1 pitch as if it was a 3-1 pitch, and it cleared the fence in left field by plenty.
“She’s one that’s gonna go up and swing with everything she has,” Crockett coach Carla Weems said, “and I knew it was gone when it hit her bat.”
Suits was just looking for solid contact – with the emphasis on solid.
“I’ll be honest, I get really anxious in the box,” Suits said. “So anything in my wheelhouse I’m taking a swing at. I knew that there were people on base and we needed them to score. So I was just looking for contact at that point – hard, solid contact. It just happened to be in my wheelhouse at that time.”
Ashlyn Dulaney went 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs. Suits, Riley Hope and Avery Hope each had two hits as well.
Mattie McKee pitched the first complete game of her career for the victory.
“I’m super-proud of her,” Suits said. “She’s coming off injury after injury, and this is her first game of a full seven innings in almost four years pitching. She got it done. She had a great mindset coming in and we look to build off that as the season goes along.”
Avery Hope was 2-for-3 with two doubles in Monday’s win against Cherokee. Cara Wilson got the victory and Kennedy Broyles recorded the save.
Over the weekend at Winged Deer Park, Crockett routed University High (19-0) and Sullivan South (18-1) on Friday and defeated Knox Powell handily (14-2) on Sunday. The Pioneers also lost to Science Hill, 6-0, on Sunday in a non-conference game.
Daniel Boone shortstop Camryn Sarvis was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs against Crockett. Slugger Maci Masters was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and freshman Kyleigh Bacon went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, a run and a sacrifice bunt.
Boone (1-1, 6-2) bounced back for a productive week.
Center fielder McKenna Dietz had three hits, three stolen bases and two RBIs in Boone’s 10-0 win against Dobyns-Bennett in five innings on Monday in Gray.
Sarvis was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs and Masters had a two-run home run and a two-run double. Emma Robinette delivered a double and two RBIs.
Maggie Hillman (4-0) struck out five and allowed four hits in the five-inning shutout.
Sarvis homered and Masters drove in three runs in a 10-1 defeat of Morristown West over weekend at Winged Deer Park. Masters hit two home runs and drove in four runs and Robinette homered in a 10-1 win against Unaka.
Robinette went 3-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBIs in a 13-5 win against Happy Valley on Saturday.
On Sunday, Boone defeated Knox Powell 2-1 and lost 6-1 to Science Hill.
Gaven Jones and the Daniel Boone baseball team opened the season with a 9-0 home win against Unicoi County on March 16. Jones homered and pitched four shutout innings. Preston Miller got the save with three perfect innings of relief.
Anthony Edwards, Jackson Jenkins and Kaleb Worley each had two hits.
The Trailblazers defeated Sequatchie County 19-3 on Friday. Cole Bishop and Hagen Edwards each homered.
The ‘Blazers lost 7-3 to Knox Catholic and were beaten 10-0 by Gibbs on Saturday.
Crockett’s baseball team is off to a 2-0 start in the Big Seven Conference thanks to wins against Volunteer, but coach Spencer Street was disappointed by the Pioneers’ 5-4 loss to North Greene on Monday.
Nate Laws went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two walks for Crockett, which was held to five hits. Cody Wheeley allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six in five innings, but didn’t factor in the decision.
The Pioneers defeated Volunteer 11-1 on Tuesday at Crockett. Wheeley and Hayden Osburn each scored three runs, and Wheeley was 1-for-1 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk. Johnny Loyd was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Brenden Reid doubled.
Wheeley allowed one run on one hit in four innings for the victory. He struck out six and walked three.
Sophomore Gage Peterson struck out seven in 3 1/3 innings as Crockett won its season opener 12-1 at Volunteer on March 15. Peterson allowed one run on two hits and walked four.
Wheeley went 2-for-4 with a home run. He drove in three runs and scored twice. Dakota Stout tripled and went 1-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs.
David Crockett’s soccer team began the season with a 5-0 win against Volunteer last week. John Plaisted scored two unassisted goals.
The Pioneers then dropped a hard-fought 2-0 decision to Dobyns-Bennett. They bounced back over the weekend in Gatlinburg, winning their division of the Smoky Mountain Cup for the first time.
The Pioneers defeated Campbell County 2-1 on Friday. Saturday, they beat the Knoxville Ambassadors 3-0 and wrapped up the gratifying weekend with a 2-1 win against William Blount.
Plaisted and Austin Sanchez each scored a goal against Campbell County. Chase Schroeck assisted Sanchez’s goal and Drew Marshall had the other assist.
Marshall had two goals and assisted a Schroeck goal in the defeat of the Ambassadors. Wyatt Thompson scored an unassisted goal and Schroeck scored via an assist from Marshall in the win against William Blount.