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Ackerman, Lady 'Blazers shut down Lady Indians

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Apr 9, 2019 at 9:56 PM

KINGSPORT — Megan Ackerman pitched a two-hit shutout and Daniel Boone manufactured a trio of late runs to defeat Dobyns-Bennett in Big 7 Conference softball action Tuesday at Indian Highlands Park.

Ackerman registered six strikeouts and then trusted her defense to take care of the rest in a 3-0 win for the Lady ’Blazers (26-5, 3-1). She stayed in command on a day runs were hard to come by. The game was scoreless through the first four innings.

“I was using my riseball a lot, but it took a few innings to get going,” Ackerman said. “I just hit locations and try to throw low. It was difficult to get runs, but I knew I had our defense backing me up and they had my back.”

Boone finally scored in the fifth. Makenna Dietz reached on a single and moved to second on a throwing error. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Makenna Dance, another bunt, by Greyson Stevens, scored Dietz on a squeeze play.

“We did the same play when we were in a tournament down at the beach with the same persons,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “Greyson did a great job getting the bunt down, although I wish it had gone a little further. When you have speed on the bases like Makenna, the difference in the game is we have three true leadoff batters with Makenna, Brylee (Mesusan) and Jaycie (Jenkins). They can get on base and lead off an inning and we score.”

Jaycie Jenkins led off the sixth with a line drive to right field that got by the outfielder, and she moved to third base. Ackerman had an RBI single up the middle that scored Jenkins. Riley Brinn, a courtesy runner for Ackerman, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Camryn Sarvis for the final run.

“We didn’t hit the ball great, but we pitched it and caught it great,” Coach Jenkins said. “That’s why we’re always going to be in games. Megan gave up two hits and walked one batter all day. When she’s on, she’s as tough as anybody. If we keep improving defensively and improve our hitting, we will be ready to go tournament time.”

Peyton Domby and Makaila Collier each singled for D-B’s only hits. Kassidy Miller suffered the loss despite a solid effort that saw her allow just two earned runs.

Lady Indians coach Andy Hubbard noted his team showed a marked improvement from the first time the teams met.

“Their pitcher is good, but Kassidy did a great job too,” Hubbard said. “She hit her spots as good as she’s ever hit them. I’m proud of her. Boone’s a great team, but we battled them. When we played them before, they beat us 12-0, so we’re going in the right direction and I thought our kids did a good job.”

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