KNOXVILLE — Daniel Boone made the long haul to Knox County and fell in the Class AAA softball sectional against Maryville, 6-1, at Everett Park Friday night.
The win puts Maryville (34-12) in the state tournament for the second time in four years.
“It’s a great feeling,” head coach David Allen sid. “I love it for the girls, they played without pressure against a great team in Daniel Boone. We’ve struck up a good friendship with the coaching staff there, it was a good to win but you wish you both could make it down.”
Trailblazers head coach Rick Wagner, whose team finished, 36-8, had nothing but praise for his squad.
“I wouldn’t trade this bunch for another team,” he said. “We didn’t play as well as we could. That’s a big reason why you want to win your region championship. It was a good season but just wasn’t meant to be.”
Jaclyn Jenkins gave Boone the early 1-0 advantage scoring on a bases-loaded walk. Maryville responded quick with a run in the bottom of the inning then got home runs in the bottom of the second from Raven Boyd and Sara Beth Reeves.
The Trailblazers attempted rallies throughout the game, but had trouble with junior pitcher, Maddie Ogle, who recorded the win in the circle for Maryville.
“The last time we went to state, we had a junior pitcher so maybe it’s meant to be,” Allen said with a laugh.
While the outcome wasn’t ideal, coach Wagner knows the sky is the limit for next season’s squad.
“We’re going to miss Kayla (Sanders) and Jenna (Carmody) but I’m glad they had a chance to experience the state tournament,” Wagner said. “We return a great group of girls who know what it’s takes to get here and it will give them the drive to come back.”
Jenkins picked up the loss in a respectable outing, allowing two unearned runs through five innings of work. MacKenzie Ferguson got the starting nod for Boone. The Lady Trailblazers were led by Sanders and Jenkins, who had two hits each. Allison Littleton also had big plays in the outfield.