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Lady Trailblazers advance to Eastman-Kingsport quarterfinals

Kevin Mays • Updated Mar 30, 2019 at 11:38 PM

KINGSPORT – Daniel Boone got solid hitting throughout the lineup Saturday to advance to the Eastman-Kingsport Invitational softball tournament quarterfinals.

After finishing 4-0 in pool play, including wins of 6-0 over Moore County and 10-2 over Clinton, the Lady Trailblazers (20-3) pounded out 12 hits on the way to an 8-1 victory over Grainger in the tournament’s round of 16.

EVERYBODY HITS

Daniel Boone had nine different players get at least one hit in the win over Grainger County, which was pleasing to coach Jeremy Jenkins.

The Boone coach was also pleased with his team’s defense and pitching in the contest.

“A lot of our kids top to bottom have hit the ball well all day and our pitching has been the number one thing,” said Jenkins. “Megan (Ackerman) and Nickolette (Ferguson) when they come out and throw. You know, every time they toe the rubber we expect to win and our kids have really done well for us this weekend.

“And we really pride ourselves on defense and try to make the plays behind them. And, for the most part, we’ve caught it pretty well and pitched it pretty well and hit when hit when we had to.

“I thought tonight, from top to bottom, really the bottom half of our lineup really played well for us with the short ball for us early and then Makenna Dance got the big hit there for us to get us going.

“It’s just a lot of good things from a lot of different people right now for us.”

Dance finished 2-for-3 with an RBI for Boone, while Camyrn Sarvis and Brylee Mesusan also went 2-for-3 for the Lady Trailblazers.

BIG INNINGS

Boone scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning to take an early lead and then finished the game with five runs on six hits in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The game was called after five innings because of the tournament’s time-limit rule.

Grainger’s lone run came in the top of the third inning when Lexie Sykes, who finished 2-for-3 at the plate, led off the frame with double, moved to third on single from Abigail Richie and then scored when Courtney Williams grounded out.

UP NEXT

Boone will play Anderson County Sunday in the tournament’s quarterfinals.

Anderson County defeated David Crockett 7-1 in a round of 16 game.

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