Boone was seeded fourth in Pool A, and will play Monday at 4 p.m. (EDT) against Eastbank from River Ridge, Louisiana, in the quarterfinals of the single-elimination championship bracket. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Eastbank was 4-0 in Pool B, including Sunday’s 10-4 win over Wheelersburg, Ohio. Boone finished 2-2 in pool play and was tied for third, but slipped to the fourth spot on the tiebreaker.
Representing the Southeast Region, the girls from Gray wasted no time jumping on the Europe-Africa team and needed just four innings for the win.
Kayleigh Quesinberry was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and four runs scored and Kayleigh Musser threw a two-hitter in the victory.
“We struggled to hit the slow pitching, but our girls still battled,” Boone manager Lori Jenkins said.
They didn’t struggle to score putting up two runs in the first inning, six in the second, four in the third and three in the fourth.
Boone finished 2-2 in pool play and Jenkins is optimistic about the girls’ chances moving forward.
“After watching all of the teams play, we still have a legitimate chance,” said Jenkins. “As long as the girls believe, we can play with anybody here. We proved that by beating the Pennsylvania team.
“I think the nerves are gone. The girls’ mentality is totally different from the first two days. When we beat Pennsylvania, it was like a light switch went off. They are all calm and focused.”
Quesinberry hasn’t been surprised by the results. In fact, she believes a championship could come back to Northeast Tennessee.
“We just worked together,” Quesinberry said. “I knew we could win these games, and we worked our hardest to try to win. I have confidence we could win the whole thing.”
Ava Saul had two RBIs and two runs scored, while Musser also drove in two runs.
Kyleigh Bacon had a RBI and two runs scored, while Anastasia Grove also drove in a run. Riley Croley, Josie Jenkins, Lillie Waters, Sadie Henson and Adriawna Kuykendall scored runs for Boone.
Lucie Kralova suffered the loss for Northwest Czech Republic, giving up three walks and five runs in 1 1/3 innings.
For Musser, it was smooth sailing.
“I think the early run support helped me more than anything,” Musser said. “We just have to keep playing smart and working as a team.”