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Spring sports off and running

arm weather displaces the cold of winter, the emergence of spring greets the return of high school baseball and softball to the area.
For the teams of David Crockett and Daniel Boone high schools, this means a fresh start to a new sports season, where expectations are high and goals lofty.
Last week, preparation for the upcoming season came to a close as opening day summoned the start of the 2013 baseball and softball season for the Pioneers, the Trailblazers and the rest of the Big 8 Conference.
Boone opens
season with win
after seventh
inning rally
While rain postponed the majority of opening day contests in the area on March 11, the Blazers of Daniel Boone were able to squeeze in their first baseball game of the season in Gray against Volunteer.
The contest remained uneventful through the first six innings, with neither team able to gain an advantage over the other.
With the contest deadlocked at zero, the bats awoke in the seventh.
Volunteer scored four runs in the top of the inning, putting Boone on the brink of the first loss of the season.
But the Blazers answered with a rally in the home half of the inning.
After pushing two runners across the plate early in the seventh, Boone’s Hunter Summie stepped up to bat with bases loaded and two outs. The junior drove in all the runners on base with a walk off triple.
Summie’s hit completed the Blazers comeback, giving Boone their first win of the season, beating Volunteer 5-4.
Nathan Pugh received the win for the Blazers after coming in for relief in the top of the seventh to stop the Volunteer scoring.
Taylor Smith led the Blazer offense with two hits on the day. Daniel Wagner started the game for Boone, receiving a no decision.
This week, Boone was scheduled to host Crockett on March 18, visit Sullivan Central on March 19, host Cherokee on March 21 and travel to Morristown West on March 23.
Crockett drops first contest of
the season
The Pioneers of David Crockett opened the 2013 baseball season in Jonesborough on March 13.
Unfortunately for the Pioneers, their opponent was a powerful Sullivan South team.
Crockett’s youth and inexperience showed in the shortened 11-0 loss.
South took a 5-0 lead after the first two innings and scored six more runs in the fourth and fifth innings to run-rule the Pioneers.
The Rebels collected 11 hits. Their pitcher held Crockett to just three hits in the contest.
John Long recorded two of the Pioneers three hits in the loss. Crockett pitcher Austin Casey received the loss.
This week, the Pioneers were scheduled to visit Boone on March 18, host Tennessee High on March 19 and host Unaka on March 21.