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Lady ’Blazers rocket into Eastman Invitational quarters

Kevin Mays • Mar 31, 2019 at 1:32 AM

KINGSPORT — Daniel Boone got solid hitting up and down its lineup Saturday to advance to the Eastman-Kingsport Invitational softball tournament quarterfinals.

After finishing 4-0 in pool play, including wins of 6-0 over Moore County and 10-2 over Clinton, the Lady Trailblazers (20-3) pounded out 12 hits on the way to an 8-1 victory over Grainger in the tournament’s round of 16.

Boone plays Anderson County on Sunday in the quarterfinals. Anderson County defeated David Crockett 7-1 in the round of 16.

EVERYBODY HITS

Daniel Boone had nine players get at least one hit in the win over Grainger County, a pleasing sight for coach Jeremy Jenkins.

Jenkins was also happy with his team’s defense and pitching against the Lady Grizzlies.

“A lot of our kids top to bottom have hit the ball well all day and our pitching has been the No. 1 thing,” the coach said. “Megan (Ackerman) and Nickolette (Ferguson) when they come out and throw, you know, every time they toe the rubber we expect to win and our kids have really done well for us this weekend.

“And we really pride ourselves on defense and try to make the plays behind them. And for the most part, we’ve caught it pretty well and pitched it pretty well and hit when we had to.

“I thought tonight, from top to bottom, really the bottom half of our lineup really played well for us with the short ball for us early and then Makenna Dance got the big hit there for us to get us going. It’s just a lot of good things from a lot of different people right now for us.”

Dance finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Camyrn Sarvis and Brylee Mesusan also went 2-for-3 for the Lady Trailblazers.

BIG INNINGS

Boone scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning to take an early lead and then finished the game with five runs on six hits in the bottom of the fifth.

The game was called after five innings because of the tournament’s time-limit rule.

Grainger’s lone run came in the top of the third when Lexie Sykes, who finished 2-for-3, led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a single from Abigail Richie and scored on a Courtney Williams groundout.

POWELL BLANKS DOBYNS-BENNETT

Lindsey Holston went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in Powell’s 4-0 win over Dobyns-Bennett in the round of 16. Cayden Baker also went 2-for-3 for the Panthers.

Morgan Riffle accounted for half of Dobyns-Bennett’s hits by going 2-for-3 at the plate.

In pool play earlier in the day, William Blount edged the Lady Indians 2-1, but D-B turned around to take a 1-0 victory over Walker Valley.

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