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Seymour ends Lady Trailblazers’ run

In almost every sport among every game, one team has to win, while the other must lose.
This aspect of sport is what pushes players to reach their peak physical condition, maximize their training and drives that competitive edge within teams and individuals.
This absolute truth was a tough one to swallow for the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School last week.
The first round game of the softball 1AAA regional tournament only added to the stakes as the winner would advance to sub state while the loser would see the season come to an end.
Last year, on route to their first ever state tournament appearance, the Lady Blazers defeated Seymour in the same game, eliminating the Lady Eagles in the region.
In 2011, a prosperous season and a promising beginning to the postseason all ended on May 18 in Gray as the Lady Eagles of Seymour ousted the Lady Trailblazers in the final inning to seize a 2-1 win.
The contest was divided between two days with rain stopping play in the bottom of the third on May 16 with the game locked at 0-0, forcing the action to resume on Wednesday. The Lady Blazers took advantage from the get-go, putting a run on the board to start the home-half of the third on an RBI double from Andrea Rodgers.
Kellie Waycaster was back in the circle after working a scoreless three innings Monday.
Her dominance continued two days later as she retired nine of the first 10 batters she faced.
While Boone’s offense remained sluggish, Waycaster preserved the Lady Blazers 1-0 lead through the first six but the seventh inning changed everything.
The Lady Eagles began the seventh with a Lauren Irwin solo homerun before a base hit moments later scored a runner who had made it aboard on a Blazer error.
The Lady Blazers couldn’t push across a runner in their final at bat to send the game to extras.
Waycaster, who finished the season with a record of 23-3, did everything she could to guide her team to another win finishing with just one earned run amidst three hits, but Boone couldn’t capitalize on offense leaving nine runners on base, including one on third in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning.
The Lady Blazers outhit Seymour three to four with Rodgers and Jessie Wheelock leading the way, collecting two hits each.
After Wheelock reached base in the seventh, Seymour pitcher Celest Whaley stifled the Blazer bats much as she did all game to earn the win.
The loss ends the Blazers’ season at a record of 36-7, but Daniel Boone is loaded looking ahead to 2012.
While the only senior on the team, catcher Megan Walker, will extend her softball play at the University of Alabama- Huntsville, Boone will return everyone including six rising seniors with an immense level of experience. Among those will be Waycaster, who not only will look to lead Boone to their first ever state championship next season, but should solidify herself as a softball legend in the area.
The loss hurts now for the Lady Blazers, but next season should bring a more savvy and talented group.