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Elliott leads Daniel Boone's shutout of Science Hill

Johnny Wilson • Apr 1, 2019 at 10:05 PM

Nobody was clear about how long it had been since the Daniel Boone baseball team had beaten Science Hill, but it doesn't matter anymore anyway, not after the Trailblazers romped to a 5-0 win Monday at Clarence Mabe Field.

Boone's longtime coach Rob Hoover doubted a local radio station's claim that it had been since April 22, 2013 - a streak of 16 straight Science Hill W's.

"I don't think it's been that many," said Hoover, his team now 10-5 overall and 5-2 in the Big Seven Conference. "But I know it's rare, that's for sure.

"It's good to get the first one in the (home-and-home) series, too, which means we can relax a little (today) and go over there with confidence to play a game that won't be as magnified since we got that first one.

"I do know this — I don't think we've ever swept them in my 14 years here."

Meanwhile, don't mention to Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards anything about the Hilltoppers rebuilding last season's 35-9 state tournament team.

The result dropped these Hilltoppers to 7-5 overall, 4-1 in the Big Seven.

"There's no rebuilding at Science Hill," Edwards said. "Rebuild, reload ... use whatever word you want to use ... we're just trying to figure out how to compete.

"Boone's a veteran team and they know how to compete. They handed it to us today, so we've got to get up off the mat and come to compete (today)."

ELLIOTT SHINES

Left-handed pitcher Cade Elliott propelled Boone to this win, pitching six shutout innings and smacking a two-run double to plate the game's first runs.

A 6-foot-5, 215-pound junior who is verbally committed to the University of Tennessee, Elliott struck out six and allowed three hits to cruise to the win.

"It's unbelievable," Elliott said. "I've been thinking about this game all year and had it marked on my calendar, so it's really big to have this one."

Chase Chandler pitched the seventh for Elliott, who needed very little help.

"In his last two outings against Volunteer he had one walk and 12 strikeouts," Hoover said. "When Cade commands his ball like he's been commanding it, he has the potential to shut down a lot of good offensive teams.

"He mixes that breaking ball and change-up just enough that it makes his fastball look that much better. He was phenomenal today."

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

Up 3-0 through three innings, Boone added a pair of runs in the fifth on an RBI-double by junior Colby Backus and an RBI-single by Hunter Adams.

A transfer from Providence Academy, Backus drove in a run in the third as well.

"Colby has made as many plays defensively (in right field) as he has offensively, and he leads our team in RBIs," Hoover said. "He's a talented kid."

Anthony Edwards and Chandler both had two of Boone's 10 hits, as did Adams.

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