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Softball, baseball teams travel for tournament action

It has been an interesting week for the softball and baseball teams of Washington County as each was able to take a break from the conference schedule with tournament play. The Crockett and Boone baseball teams traveled to Myrtle Beach on Monday, taking part in the five-day Mingo Bay Classic where they saw teams from several different states. The Lady Blazers joined the two baseball teams in South Carolina with end of the week action against a host of teams outside of the area. The Lady Pioneers remained in the area throughout the week, taking part in the East Tennessee Classic over the weekend.
Mingo Bay Classic gives Blazers, Pioneers
unique opportunity, experience
Before completing a strenuous conference stretch to complete the regular season, the baseball teams of Crockett and Boone headed to Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week to take part in the Mingo Bay Classic. The event hosts AAA teams from all across the country, giving the Blazers and Pioneers a chance to see how they stack up against opponents from New York to Virginia.
The two opened the Classic on April 9, with each losing on the tournament’s opening day. The Blazers fell 4-3 to Musselman of West Virginia, and Crockett lost to Brockport of New York 13-4. They bounced back the second day of the event with Boone blanking Delaware’s Newark 19-0, and Crockett besting Fairmont 6-4. The wins continued on April 11 with the Blazer bats punishing New York’s Palmyra-Macedon 18-2, and Crockett beating up on another New York team, Eden 9-2. The Blazers lost on April 12 to Georgetown, S.C., 6-5 and Crockett continued to win, downing New Jersey’s Paul VI 6-5.
The tournament was won by local favorite Socastee High School of Myrtle Beach on the final day of the event. They defeated St. James 11-1 in the championship game.
Now Crockett and Boone will return to conference action in the weeks to come trying to bolster their resumes before the start of the district tournament. The two played against one another on April 16 at Daniel Boone.
Lady Blazers lose first game of the season
After starting the season an impressive 27-0, the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone are no longer perfect, falling in South Carolina on April 12 to Fairport of New York 7-6.
Boone opened the week on April 10 with a conference contest at Volunteer against the Lady Falcons. Despite an inconsistent schedule over the past two weeks due to weather, the Boone bats didn’t skip a beat collecting 15 hits over seven innings to stave off a late Volunteer run to win 9-5. Kellie Waycaster pushed her season record in the circle to 18-0, and Natalie Sheffey blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning to lead the Trailblazers. The contest was Boone’s only conference game of the week.
The Lady Blazers capped off their week with a trip to Charleston, S.C. Boone opened a slate of April 12 games with a 5-1 win over Wando High School to push their record to 27-0 on the season. The 27-game win streak came to a close later that night with a loss to Fairport of New York 7-6. Three Boone errors and a four-run fourth proved to be the Lady Blazers undoing against the talented New York team. Jessie Wheelock finished 4-of-4 in the loss.
Boone will try to rebound from their first loss of the season on April 17 at home against Big 8 foe Science Hill.
Lady Pioneers compete at East Tennessee Classic
After opening the week with a 3-0 loss to Volunteer on April 12, the Lady Pioneers jumped into play at the East Tennessee Classic.
Crockett, which has had trouble against University High this season, opened the Classic with a 4-1 win over the Junior Bucs on April 13. Madison Grindstaff pitched the Pioneers to the win, allowing just three hits in the contest to earn her fifth victory of the season. Gail Hooks finished with two RBIs and Sydney Grindstaff and Jackie Loyd each added two hits in the Pioneers opening contest at the Classic.
The Lady Pioneers fell 4-1 in their second game of the day to Perennial favorite Unicoi County. Gail Hooks was strong in the circle, allowing just six Unicoi hits, but Crockett committed four errors and only scored once despite nearly matching the Lady Devils in hits with five. Kelli Hooks gave the Pioneers their only run with a solo homerun in the second inning.
On Saturday, Crockett advanced to the championship bracket of the tournament falling 1-0 to Unicoi County before their struggles continued against Volunteer who ousted the Lady Pioneers 6-1.
Crockett moved back into conference play to open the week with games against Sullivan South on April 16 and Sullivan Central a day later.