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Lady Hilltoppers, Trailblazers get job done in 1-AAA softball

Tanner Cook • Updated May 7, 2019 at 11:08 PM

CHURCH HILL—The long ball made a big difference in Tuesday’s District 1-AAA softball tournament game at Volunteer.

Daniel Boone, behind five home runs, rolled over Dobyns-Bennett 13-4. Science Hill used a big fly to deep center field to win over David Crockett, 6-3.

ERRORS DON’T PHASE LADY ’TOPPERS

The start was not ideal for Science Hill, allowing the Lady Pioneers to get three runs off of four errors in the first inning.

“In that first inning, we couldn’t catch the ball and that led to their three runs,” Science Hill head coach Jerry Higgins said. “Our three errors in the first and two bloop hits cost us. … That might be one of the first times this season when we’ve made the mistakes, got down and then came back. Crockett has a good hitting team, top to bottom and it was a struggle tonight.”

However, pitcher Sejal Neas settled in and didn’t allow any more damage to be done. She finished the night with 142 pitches and three strikeouts.

The Lady ’Toppers just kept chipping away at the lead and finally took advantage in the fourth inning. Shayna Price reached base on a dropped third strike and that allowed Abigail Taylor to score from third. There was a throw from first base, but Taylor got under it and Science Hill took its first lead of the game.

Jayden Salts put the finishing touches on the ballgame when she hit a two-run bomb to straight-away center field, clearing the scoreboard.

Crockett’s Kara Weems pitched admirably, finishing with six strikeouts, but five walks and two costly errors plagued the Lady Pioneers.

Salts finished the night 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Kasey Bennett and Neas had an RBI apiece for Science Hill.

For Crockett, Riley Hope recorded the only RBI and finished 2 for 3.

BOONE POWERS TO BIG WIN OVER D-B

Jaycie Jenkins had a monster day at the plate for Daniel Boone, finishing the game with a two- and three-run home run along with six RBIs.

McKenna Dietz also had two homers, both of the two-run variety.

Megan Ackerman also got in on the action with a three-run shot to deep center in the fifth.

“I thought our kids had a good approach up there,” Boone head coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “We thought that we might see the lefty because she did well against us last time. We got some good swings. McKenna Dietz has a lot of power. She’s been hitting pretty good for average lately, but her power came back to her today.”

Overall, the Lady Trailblazers pounded out 13 hits and the Lady Indians were guilty of a pair of errors.

D-B got in on the home run derby as well when Chloe Duncan hit a solo shot to left in the fourth inning. Kassidy Miller got the loss in the circle for the Lady Indians, going three innings and striking out two.

Nickolette Ferguson got the win for Boone, throwing every pitch except one and striking out 10 batters.

UP NEXT

Daniel Boone will meet Science Hill on Wednesday in the winners’ bracket final at 5 p.m.

Dobyns-Bennett will play David Crockett in an elimination game at 6:30 p.m.

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