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Wet weather leads to postponements for ball teams

For baseball and softball teams at David Crockett and Daniel Boone high schools, the first week of April carried with it plenty of wet weather that led to postponements of the majority of games last week.
With the regular season reaching the halfway mark, the postponements of last week should give teams a short intermission to catch their legs and regroup heading into the latter part of the regular season.
Lady Blazers stretch WINNING streak
There was no letdown for the Lady Blazers of Boone after capturing the Eastman Invitational late last month.
The Blazers pushed their record to 25-0 following a 16-0 blowout win at home against Sullivan Central on April 3.
Kellie Waycaster added her 16th win of the season in the circle and the Lady Blazer bats came out in full force scoring 11 runs in the home half of the first inning to help expel the Lady Cougars.
Natalie Sheffey, Andrea Rogers and Jessie Wheelock all hit balls out of the park to lead the strong Blazer offensive attack in the shortened game.
Boone will open play this week on Tuesday, April 10, at Volunteer before heading to South Carolina for a tournament later in the week.
University HIGH quiets Lady Pioneer bats
After reaching the championship round at the Eastman Invitational last week, rain postponed the Lady Pioneers matchup against Science Hill before better weather returned for play against University High on April 4.
Behind the arm of Haley Faulkner, the visiting junior Bucs held Crockett without a run and just two hits while collecting seven hits and six runs on five Pioneer errors for the 6-0 win.
Freshman Madison Grindstaff was in the circle for the Lady Pioneers, getting the loss. Crockett’s Kellie Ann Colon and catcher Jackie Lloyd earned the only two Pioneer hits.
Crockett will return to play this week on the road against Dobyns-Bennett on Tuesday, April 10, and home against Volunteer on Thursday, April 12.
Crockett will take part in the East Tennessee Classic at Winged Deer Park over the weekend.
Boone blanks
Unicoi County
The baseball Trailblazers used four pitchers to complete a 9-0 shutout of Unicoi County at home on April 6 to push their record to 10-2.
Daniel Wagner, Andrew Martin, Cory Jenkins and Daniel Cox combined to allow just four hits on the hill for the Blazers in the seven- inning win.
Wagner, who started the game for the Blazers, earned the win and Cox finished for the save in the contest.
The Blazer offense was led by Jacob Littleton who knocked in two runs in a three hit performance, and Cox crossed the plate three times. Both players finished with three hits on the afternoon.
The Indians of Dobyns-Bennett used a strong offensive outburst over the last three innings to down Crockett 12-5 on the baseball diamond in Kingsport on April 2.
The Tribe jumped ahead early behind a three-run effort in the first inning, but Crockett responded in the top of the second inning with runs of their own to tie the game at three.
A two-run fourth put D-B back ahead by two, but Crockett responded to match them in the top of the fifth to tie the game at five.
That would be the closest the Pioneers would get as the Indians scored three and four runs in the fifth and sixth inning to grab the win.
Crockett’s Matt Jackson was credited with the loss, allowing five earned runs in five innings pitched. The Pioneer bats were led by Jeremiah Rogers, who finished 2-of-3 on the day with an RBI.
The Blazers and Pioneers both head to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the week to take part in the Mingo Bay Classic which will last from April 9-13.