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Slow start has baseball, softball Pioneers in need of turnaround

The David Crockett High School softball and baseball teams have struggled through the first three weeks of the regular season.
On the baseball diamond, the Pioneers slow start has resulted in a 2-7 overall record with a 0-5 conference mark.
The Lady Pioneers share the same overall record as the baseball team, but have put together a 2-4 conference mark.
The Pioneers couldn’t change their fortune in the Big 8 Conference last week, falling to Dobyns-Bennett and Sullivan Central.
Crockett traveled to Kingsport on March 27 to take on the 10-2 Indians.
The Pioneers couldn’t tamper the hot bats of D-B as the Indians pushed three runs across the plate in the opening inning.
D-B added runs in the second and third innings, before scoring three more in the fourth to jump ahead 8-0.
With the Pioneer bats stagnant, the Tribe scored another run in the fifth and pushed one more across in the home half of the sixth to end the contest early, winning 10-0.
John Long continued to lead the Crockett bats, collecting two of the Pioneers four hits in the game.
Heath Ricker, who started the contest for the Pioneers was credited with the loss.
The Pioneers lost to Sullivan Central, 14-2, on March 28.
The young Pioneers now sit at the bottom of the Big 8 Conference standings.
The young but talented Lady Pioneers got off to a slow start to open the 2013 season, but appear to be heating up.
Before taking part in the Nuclear Fuel Services Tournament over the weekend, the Lady Pioneers captured their second conference win of the season against Sullivan South on March 28.
Playing on the road, Crockett fell behind 1-0 after the first inning and didn’t score their first run until the fourth, tying the contest at 1-1.
The Lady Pioneers struck for four runs in the fifth and added three runs in the seventh to capture the 8-5 win.
Madison Grindstaff earned the win for Crockett, but the biggest hero of the contest was Sam Fox, who finished 3-for-3 in the game, with three RBIs and two runs.
Crockett has moved to the middle of the conference standings, but still remains focused on getting into the top half of the Big 8.