Johnson City Press: Lady Trailblazers claim Gibbs Invitational crown

Lady Trailblazers claim Gibbs Invitational crown

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 13, 2019 at 10:47 PM

KNOXVILLE—The Gibbs Invitational turned into a Daniel Boone showcase.

Completing an undefeated seven-game run through the tournament, the Lady Trailblazers upended Gibbs 2-0 in Saturday night’s championship.

Megan Ackerman’s performance from the circle vexed the Lady Eagles, holding them to three hits and one base on balls.

Daniel Boone worked for six hits off some tough pitching by Gibbs. Nickolette Ferguson and Jaycie Jenkins accounted for two apiece, with Ferguson and Greyson Stevens each driving in a run.

Daniel Boone 6, William Blount 0

With Nickolette Ferguson putting together a six-inning flourish from the circle, Daniel Boone stymied William Blount.

Ferguson hurled a six-inning two hitter with two strikeouts and a pair of walks. Her teammates backed her with 10 hits, including three off the bat of Jaycie Jenkins.

Camryn Sarvis doubled and scored twice in a 2-for-2 effort. Megan Ackerman had two hits and two RBIs.

The Lady Trailblazers, who pushed across five of their runs over the final three innings, failed to commit an error. Greyson Stevens made a half-dozen defensive plays.

Pool play

Daniel Boone 10, Riverdale 0

Anchored by a five-run third inning, Boone capped its pool-play activity with a thrashing of Riverdale. The offensive onslaught unfolded with a single by Greyson Stevens, a Jaycie Jenkins double, Megan Ackerman’s home run and Camryn Sarvis double.

Tossing a four-inning shutout, Ackerman was credited with the victory. She allowed three hits and posted two strikeouts against no walks.

Jenkins paced a 10-hit Boone assault by batting 3 for 3, an effort highlighted by a fourth-inning home run. Nickolette Ferguson and Ackerman each went 2 for 2.

Daniel Boone 15, Union County 0

Nickolette Ferguson threw a three-inning perfect game, notching her fourth strikeout to end the game.

Camryn Sarvis was 3 for 3 with two RBIs, Jaycie Jenkins turned in a 2-for-2, 3-run performance and Greyson Stevens and Savannah Jesse each finished at 2 for 3. Jesse drove in two runs.

Boone totaled 15 hits, including home runs from Jenkins and Stevens. The Lady ’Blazers erupted for seven third-inning runs.

Daniel Boone 5, GPS 1

Megan Ackerman earned the victory from the circle, yielding one run on five hits over seven innings. She tallied four strikeouts.

Topping a nine-hit Boone output were Makenna Dance and Camryn Sarvis each batting 2 for 3. Dance socked a two-run double, with Sarvis contributed an RBI.


Daniel Boone 10, Rhea County 0

Rhea County had no answers for pitcher Nickolette Ferguson.

Ferguson’s four-inning shutout consisted of four hits allowed, eight strikeouts and one walk.

Boone greeted Rhea County’s defense with a pair of first-inning home runs: Megan Ackerman’s two-run shot and a solo job by Ferguson. The Lady Trailblazers increased their lead to 6-0 before pushed across four runs in the fourth, when Ferguson and Savannah Jesse produced RBIs.

Boone amassed 14 hits, getting three each from Ferguson (HR, double, 3 RBIs) and Jaycie Jenkins (double, 2 runs). Dannah Persinger (double) and Jesse added two hits apiece.

Elizabethton 6, Sweetwater 4

Kallista Deprimo and Maddie O’Quinn slapped out two hits apiece, Deprimo had two RBIs and Marley Wagner homered for the Lady Cyclones, who are also competing in the Gibbs tournament.

O’Quinn (win) and Hannah Edwards (save) each tossed three innings.

Knox Halls 9, Elizabethton 7

Elizabethton limited Knox Halls to four hits but was undone by four errors and a half-dozen walks.

Maggie Johnson (triple, 2 RBIs) and Kira Dillard accounted for two hits apiece for the Lady Cyclones, who made things interesting after trailing 9-0. Kallista Deprimo stroked a three-run double.


Unicoi County 1, Cherokee 0

ROGERSVILLE—Jordan Bridges emerged victorious in a pitchers’ duel and L.J. Mitchell homered in the top of the seventh inning.

Bridges recorded four strikeouts and gave up three hits and two walks over seven innings.

Luke Condra suffered the loss despite throwing nine strikeouts and giving up just six hits and no walks.

Sullivan Central 10, Unaka 5

ELIZABETHTON—Mason Buckland and Trey Sells combined for the win for the Cougars over the Rangers. Sells also collected two hits.

Bryson Street went 3 for 4 with a home run and scored two runs to lead Unaka. Devin Ramsey was 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

Sevier County 14, David Crockett 4

Noah Webb doubled, went 3 for 4, scored twice and had two RBIs for the Smoky Bears in action at Thomas Stadium.

Also going 3 for 4 was Ben Willcoxon, who tripled and totaled four runs. Drue Costner totaled four RBIs in a 2-for-4 showing while Gage Newsom (4 runs, 2 RBIs) and Kaleb Orr contributed two hits apiece.

The Pioneers’ Landen Quillen went 2 for 2 and Grady Cash 2 for 3.

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