Daniel Boone edged Cherokee 1-0 in the opener with David Crockett upending Dobyns-Bennett 4-0 in the nightcap.
The Lady Trailblazers (31-14) take on the Lady Pioneers (30-10) in the winners’ bracket final today at 5 p.m. Also at 5, the Lady Indians (16-14) take on the Lady Chiefs (13-15-1). The losers’ bracket final is scheduled for 6:30.
Boone and Cherokee were locked in a pitchers’ duel for the entire game. The Lady ’Blazers’ Megan Ackerman allowed just two hits and struck out nine.
The Lady Chiefs’ Erin Forgety was equally effective, holding Boone to just two hits through four innings.
But that all changed in the bottom of the fifth when Lady Trailblazers freshman McKenna Dietz lofted the first pitch she saw over the left-field fence.
“She threw me an inside pitch on the first pitch my last at bat so I was looking for it again,” said Dietz. “It felt pretty good when I got a hold of it.”
Boone made that lone run stand up.
“We preach pitching and defense,” said Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins. “This time of year pitching will carry you and I like our staff.”
Paisley Lyons and Haliey Elkins had Cherokee’s hits.
Crockett broke open the game with D-B in the third inning. Lady Pioneers senior Sydney Fox and freshman Mackenzie Baldwin hit back-to-back home runs over the center-field fence.
“It was an inside pitch and I was waiting for it,” said Fox.
The Lady Pioneers tacked on two more runs in the sixth and that was more than enough.
Crockett’s outstanding pitcher, Kara Weems, allowed just two hits and struck out 11.
“My change-up and rise ball were working really well,” said Weems. “I just hit my spots well tonight.”
D-B had its chances. The Lady Indians put runners on first and second in both the fifth and sixth innings but could not capitalize.
“Just couldn’t get the bunt down when we needed to,” said D-B coach Andy Hubbard. “We need to come back out tomorrow and play hard again.”
Griffin Mullins and Baylee Waye had D-B’s hits.