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Trailblazers throttle Pioneers in error heavy game

The April 16 contest against visiting David Crockett High School didn’t begin the way Daniel Boone High School had hoped, but it sure did end well for the Trailblazers.
Boone piled on 15 runs in a messy offensive show to capture a key conference victory over their biggest rival, 15-5.
With the district tournament slowly creeping up on the Big 8, Daniel Boone (13-8, 5-4) and David Crockett (10-11, 5-5) are sitting at fourth and fifth place in the conference, with every game providing an opportunity to move up in the standings.
The matchup between the two teams once again failed not to disappoint as the Pioneers opened the first inning with a flurry of offensive production.
Crockett’s Matt Jackson plated Joe Ganger who led off the contest with a hit, to start the scoring. A few batters later, Jeremiah Rogers put two more runs on the board with an outfield double.
A mix of Blazer errors began piling up until Crockett had the bases loaded, no doubt looking to put the game out of reach after just a half inning of play.
But the Blazers would respond with pitcher Daniel Wagner regaining control and forcing three straight outs refusing to allow another Pioneer to cross the plate.
The early gift of errors the Blazers had given Crockett was returned to them in the bottom half as the Pioneers committed fielding mistakes of their own to help Boone load the bases with two out.
Josh Bacon then put together a clutch single that was mishandled by the Crockett defense allowing all three runners to cross the plate and knot the contest at 3-3.
Another error on an errant throw allowed Bacon to find his way home before the inning ended with Boone capturing a one run advantage.
Crockett couldn’t push any runs across the plate in the second inning and the Blazer bats took advantage in the home half of the inning utilizing more Crockett errors to their advantage, in piling up four more runs in the second to move ahead 8-3 entering the third.
Rogers homered for the Pioneers in the third to get a run back and Crockett kept the Blazer bats at bay in the bottom of the inning.
Boone held the Pioneers scoreless in the fourth and added to their lead in the same inning with a Hunter Salts solo shot.
Trailing 9-4, Crockett inched closer in the fifth, pushing another run across the plate to cut the Boone advantage to just four points and holding the Blazers scoreless in the inning.
After a scoreless sixth for Crockett, Boone would finish the contest on offense better than they began, scoring six runs in the home half of the sixth inning to stop the contest early with a 10-run advantage.
Wagner earned the win for the Blazers and Joe Ganger was credited with the loss, unable to get out of the second inning.
Salts led the Boone attack finishing a perfect 3-of-3 in the game and Taylor Smith added three RBIs.
Rogers kept the Pioneers in contention until late with two hits, three RBIs and a homerun.
The Pioneers rebounded from the loss, taking to the diamond a night later with a 6-2 win over Volunteer, but ended their week with a loss to Elizabethton.
Boone struggled after the win, falling in conference games 6-0 against Sullivan South and 6-2 to Science Hill. The losses continued over the weekend with a 5-4 loss to Greeneville on Friday and 11-0 defeat against Seymour on Saturday.
The Pioneers and Blazers now enter the final week of the conference schedule with a final opportunity to improve their seeding come tournament time.