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Harrell's big night lifts Boone over Crockett

Jeff Birchfield • May 4, 2018 at 10:49 PM

Daniel Boone used the bottom half of its lineup to topple David Crockett in the District 1-AAA baseball tournament Friday night at J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

Easton Harrell, batting in the nine-hole, led the way by going 3 for 4 with five RBIs to lead the Trailblazers to a 13-3 win over their Washington County rivals.

The Trailblazers had 18 hits overall with the bottom half of the lineup particularly effective. Brody Goodman went 4 for 4 with four runs scored and Zach Taylor had three hits, including two doubles. James Richardson had two hits and two runs scored, and KC Vicchio had two hits and two sacrifice bunts.

The 'Blazers, however, were strong throughout the lineup with two doubles by Cade Elliott, a triple and two RBIs from Eric Rigsby and Hunter Adams with a ground-rule double and two runs scored.

"I have to give coach (Matt) Ford and coach (Spencer) Street a lot of credit in their preparation," Boone coach Rob Hoover said. "We knew we were going to face some lefties and we tried to stay in the middle of the field as much as we could. They took what we told them all week long and applied it tonight. That was gratifying how our approach paid off."

Harrell's big night included a three-run double to put Boone up 10-0 at the end of four innings. When the Pioneers responded with three runs the top of the fifth to extend the game, Harrell finally clinched the game in the sixth with a two-run double.

Boone improved to 19-10 and will take on Tennessee High on Saturday.

"I've never had a game like that," Harrell said. "But everyone in the lineup is connecting real well. That last hit, he's a lefty and he's going to throw outside so you have to take it to right field. You can't really pull it on an outside pitch."

Matt Cox picked up the win, giving up three runs and five hits over five innings. Robbie Storen closed out the game. Devin Foster took the loss for the Pioneers, who extended the game with James Broyles' two-run double and a RBI single by Brodie Fox.

Crockett ended its season at 9-22, but really came on at the end of the year.

"This team improved leaps and bounds this season," Pioneers coach Nick Lingerfelt said. "We started out at Tennessee High in the freezing cold and got beat 24-2. We want to get where Boone is in the next year or two, but we have a lot of work to do. It's got to start with me. I have to evaluate every phase of the program, including myself."

Dobyns-Bennett 11, Cherokee 1

Brogan Beckner and Jeremiah Ball combined to throw a one-hitter and the Indians scored eight runs in the fourth inning to put an early end to the game.

Cade Maupin connected on a three-run home run, while Jackson McDavid and John Deason both had two-run hits. Aaron Farley was 3 for 3 and McDavid finished 2 for 2 with three RBIs, while Max Everett was 2 for 3. Cannon Ferrell and Jaden Alderson each scored two runs.

Nick Collins suffered the loss and also drove in Ryan Morgan for the Chiefs' only run.

Tennessee High 13, Volunteer 0

The Vikings scored eight runs in the third inning and five in the fourth. That, combined with a one-hitter by Davis Hall, resulted in a five-inning game.

Banks hit a three-run home run to put the Vikings (27-8) over the top. He, along with C.J. Hess, Gavin Cross and Bodhi Baker, all scored two runs.

Aaron Willis had the Falcons' only hit. Ethan Sargent suffered the loss before turning the ball over to Noah Johnson. Eli Dixon finished the game.

The loss ended a week which Volunteer had 35 hits and picked up a big win on senior day. It also ended the Falcons' season at 7-20.

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