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D-B eliminates Crockett; Lady 'Blazers gain regional berth

Tanner Cook • May 8, 2019 at 11:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — Timely hitting was the name of the game during Wednesday night’s District 1-AAA softball tournament at Volunteer.

In the first game, a pair of doubles in the fourth inning led to the only run of the game as Dobyns-Bennett ousted David Crockett, 1-0.

During the late game, Daniel Boone’s Jaycie Jenkins came up big for the second consecutive night with a solo home run in the first and a bases-clearing double in the fifth as the Lady Trailblazers won over Science Hill, 4-1.

RIFFLE RIFLES D-B PAST CROCKETT

The Lady Indians got one of the best pitching performances of the season from senior Morgan Riffle as she tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout to keep her team’s season alive.

Her final line was three strikeouts on 99 pitches while surrendering three hits and walking two.

“She’s a gamer,” D-B head coach Andy Hubbard said. “Great game with two really good pitchers. It could’ve gone either way. Morgan’s tough and it’s who you want out there in big situations.”

Peyton Domby led off the fourth inning for D-B with a double. Two batters later, she was plated when Chloe Duncan cracked another double. The run would prove to be enough as Riffle continued to tame a tough Lady Pioneers offense.

Crockett was never able to get much of anything going on offense as only three runners worked into scoring position, with just one getting to third base.

The Lady Pioneers were 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position, had too many pop flies and managed to put the ball in play only to see it end in a groundout time after time.

Crockett senior Kara Weems ended up with the loss in her last high school game, striking out nine on 110 pitches and pitching well enough to win on most any other day.

The Tribe will meet Science Hill in the losers’ bracket final on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Daniel Boone awaits the winner of the aforementioned game in the title bout.

JENKINS COMES UP BIG AGAIN

Boone got a solid pitching performance out of the senior lefty Megan Ackerman, allowing four hits and striking out four without allowing a walk.

Jenkins was the only Lady ’Blazer player with multiple hits and RBIs, but Boone did scatter three other hits.

One of the key moments was in the fifth when Greyson Stevens drew a hit-by-pitch from Science Hill pitcher Sejal Neas on a 1-2 count that kept the inning going. From there, a single and walk set the stage for Jenkins’s bases-clearing double.

Science Hill’s run came courtesy of a Zoey Cooper fourth-inning double that plated Shayna Price from second and moved Mackenzie Powell to third. However, Makenzie Smith grounded out to the pitcher to end the threat.

In the final at-bat for the Lady Hilltoppers, Cooper and Smith reached on consecutive singles. Ackerman, however, shut down the threat with two strikeouts and a grounder to third.

“Megan missed her spot one time today and they got the hit that tied it up,” Boone head coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “For the most part, I was really proud of her. She attacked the strike zone and got ahead a lot of times. … Jaycie came up and set the tone for us in the first inning with the home run, and then to come up with the bases loaded and get that big double.”

For Jenkins, that’s 10 RBIs and three home runs in the last two games.

With the win, Daniel Boone will have a guaranteed spot in next week’s regional tournament.

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