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Lady Trailblazers, Pioneers squeak out 1-AAA softball wins

May 7th, 2014 1:00 am by Greg Peters

Lady Trailblazers, Pioneers squeak out 1-AAA softball wins

The Volunteer coach yells for Katie McCann (1) to stop on the bag as Daniel Boone's Haley Wagner turns to make the tag during Tuesday's District 1-AAA game in Gray. (Ned Jilton II photo)

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GRAY — There was no give and take Tuesday in the District 1-AAA softball tournament at Daniel Boone. Two teams were battling for a championship spot while two others were trying to keep their season alive.

Neither game was settled until the seventh inning. Daniel Boone made its way to the title game with a 6-4 win over Volunteer, and David Crockett ended Science Hill's season with a 5-4 victory.

"I told my girls that when the spotlight is on you, get the job done and that is what good players do," said Lady Trailblazers coach Rick Wagner.

That spotlight fell on pitcher Jaclyn Jenkins and shortstop Hannah Montoya. Jenkins gave a strong performance before being relieved in the sixth inning. Montoya was 2-for-3 with a dramatic game-tying solo home run in the fifth inning.

The Lady Falcons led 4-3 heading into the seventh, but things quickly unraveled when three straight Volunteer errors led to consecutive RBIs by Jenkins, McKenzi Ferguson and Haley Wagner.

Volunteer ace Morgan Marshall took an inside pitch to the elbow in the first but still managed to keep her team in contention until the final inning.

The loss overshadowed a strong offensive performance by Volunteer's Katie McCann. McCann was 3-for-4 — a single, a double and a triple — and had three RBIs. Her triple tied the game at 2 in the fourth, and her single gave her team a short-lived 4-3 advantage in the sixth.

The nightcap as tied at 4 going into the seventh before Madison Grindstaff stroked a triple to center field and scored one batter later on an RBI double from Lily Ayers to give Crockett the win.

Science Hill's three-run spurt in the sixth, highlighted by Vanessa Elliot's two-RBI triple, had drawn the teams even.

Boone moved on to Thursday's championship game and clinched a berth in regional play. Volunteer and David Crockett face off Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the championship game.

For an expanded version of this story, see Wednesday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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