Lady Pioneers freshman Riley Hope had three hits, drove in four runs and scored a run as Crockett pounded Daniel Boone 14-6 in the District 1-AAA winner’s bracket final on Tuesday at Metro-Kiwanis Park.
At the same time, Cherokee got a walk-off home run from Hailey Elkins as the Lady Chiefs edged Dobyns-Bennett 3-2 in the losers’ bracket elimination contest. And to top that off, Elkins drove in two insurance runs in Cherokee’s dramatic 4-1 victory over the Lady Trailblazers’ in losers bracket final.
The victories by Crockett and Cherokee earn them both berths in the Region 1 tournament. All that is to be decided is who will be the District 1 champs.
Tonight at 5 p.m., the Lady Pioneers (32-9) take on the Lady Chiefs (15-15-1) to settle the issue. Cherokee must beat Crockett twice in order to claim the title.
The Lady Pioneers, who had 18 hits in their showdown with Boone, broke a 1-1 tie in the second inning by scoring four runs. Five more in the fourth gave Crockett a commanding 10-2 advantage.
“I was proud of the way the girls came out and hit the ball,” said Crockett coach Carla Weems. “They were relaxed before the game so I knew they were ready to go.
“This is a big win for our program, it’s time for us to shine.”
Lenzie Jenkins had four hits and two RBIs for Crockett with Sydney Fox and Mackenzie Baldwin adding two hits and three runs apiece. Matty McKee also scored three times for the Lady Pioneers.
Crockett pitcher Kara Weems was again a dominant force, striking out 14 Boone batters.
Boone scored first in the elimination game against Cherokee when freshman McKenna Dietz hit an inside the park home run in the third inning.
The Lady Chiefs tied the game in the fourth inning and then took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Erin Forgety hit a ground ball to the right side of the infield that scored Grace Jones.
“I knew that I just had to get the ball in play and Grace would score,” said Forgety.
Elkins then put more jam on the biscuit when she hit a two-RBI single in the top of the seventh.
“It’s been a great day,” beamed Elkins. “We were just determined to put the bats on the ball today.”
Forgety, who pitched all 14 innings for the Lady Chiefs on Tuesday, had eight strikeouts against Boone.
“We worked together all day and executed the plays,” Forgety said.
It was a tough day for the top-seeded Lady Trailblazers (31-16).
“For the last three weeks we haven’t been hitting the ball well and today it caught up with us,” said Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins. “My hats off to both Crockett and Cherokee, they just beat us.”