SEYMOUR — Daniel Boone was up for the road challenge, but Seymour was one run better.
“I thought it was two good teams,” said Lady Trailblazers' head softball coach Rick Wagner. “Seymour is a tough place to go play.”
The Lady Eagles got a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning and earned a 2-1 victory over Boone in the Region 1-AAA championship Wednesday night.
Boone fell to 36-7 on the season, and will travel to play Maryville in Friday's sectional round. Seymour will play host to Farragut, which lost to Maryville 5-1 in the Region 2-AAA title game.
Seymour got a two-out double in third inning, and it was followed by a walk, a hit batter, and another walk for a 1-0 lead.
Boone tied the game in the fifth inning. Kaylin Conkin led off with a single, but was erased on a force play. Meredith Good then stole second base, and eventually scored on a throwing error.
The game stayed tied until the bottom of the seventh inning. After a single, sacrifice bunt and a walk, a passed ball put runners on second and third.
“Then we had to pick and choose who we wanted to pitch to,” said Wagner.
Boone pitcher McKenzi Ferguson, who entered the game in the sixth inning in relief of starter Jaclyn Jenkins, delivered an intentional walk to load the bases — but also walked the next batter to force in the winning run.
“We walked a few too many batters and that came back to get us,” said Wagner. “And we struck out 13 times at the plate. That was way too much.”
Carly Lewis got the win for Seymour. Along with the 13 strikeouts, she allowed just five hits.
Jenkins and Ferguson limited Seymour to six hits. Jenkins totaled eight strikeouts.