By TREY WILLIAMS
Daniel Boone’s baseball team shut out Science Hill while winning handily on April 1 – no fooling.
Three weeks shy of a six-year drought, the Trailblazers ended a 16-game losing streak to the Hilltoppers with a 5-0 win on Monday at Clarence Mabe Field.
Junior 6-foot-5 left-hander Cade Elliott pitched six shutout innings and delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit with a two-run double in a three-run third.
Elliott, a Tennessee commitment, said beating the Hilltoppers was “number one” on his list of accomplishments during his young career.
“It’s unbelievable,” Elliott said. “I’ve been thinking about this game pretty much all year, had it marked down on the calendar. So it’s pretty big to have this win.”
Science Hill hadn’t lost to the Trailblazers since a 6-5 setback in Gray on April 22, 2013. Five of Boone’s losses during the skid were one-run margins.
“It’s a big win and we’ve got a chance to do something that we’ve never done, which is to win both games in a conference series against Science Hill,” Boone coach Rob Hoover said.
Elliott struck out six, allowed three hits and walked four, picking up where he left off in a dominant start against Cherokee last week.
“It was just like last week when he had one walk and 12 strikeouts (in a win against Cherokee),” Hoover said. “When he commands his fastball and gets his breaking ball and changeup over, it makes his fastball that much better. And he has the potential to do that every time out.”
Elliott retired all five batters he faced with runners in scoring position.
“He made good pitches when we had guys on base, and that’s what good pitchers do,” Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards said. “He pitched a good game.”
Anthony Edwards went 2-for-3 with a walk, two steals and two runs. Hunter Adams was 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and an RBI. Chase Chandler was 2-for-2 with a run and was hit by a pitch, and pitched a scoreless seventh.
Boone (5-2, 10-5) is intent on making a run at a league title.
“This team has goals to finish near the top,” Hoover said, “and if we want to do that we’ve got to play each game like it’s game seven.”
David Crockett Baseball
David Crockett nearly ended what is now a nine-game losing streak to Science Hill last Tuesday at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.
The Pioneers trailed 7-5 with runners at second and third and no outs in the top of the seventh when Cade Larkins lined a 2-1 pitch into center field off reliever Landon Slemp. But Caleb Marmo made the catch and threw out Landon Quillen by a lot at home plate for a demoralizing double play that helped preserve the Hilltoppers’ 7-5 victory.
“Caleb is a heckuva player and that’s a big-league throw,” Crockett first-year coach Spencer Street said. “I didn’t hesitate at the time. Obviously, if you go back in time, maybe you hold him up. But that’s a chance we take regularly and we’re aggressive on the base paths. It takes a perfect throw and Caleb made a perfect throw.”
Sophomore catcher Dakota Stout was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Pioneers.
“He’s made a heck of an adjustment in the last month to really earn that catching job,” Street said. “He’s a tough out at the plate.”
The hard-luck Pioneers also suffered a heartbreaker in the opening game of a two-game series with Dobyns-Bennett on April 1 in Jonesborough. The Indians won 3-2 behind Virginia Tech signee Brogan Beckner, who struck out 16 en route to a two-hitter.
Left-hander Luke Adams struck out eight in the complete-game loss and doubled in a run.
Daniel Boone will honor former baseball coach Jerry Jenkins on Monday, April 8, prior to the Trailblazers’ home game against David Crockett. Jenkins has coached a number of sports at Daniel Boone and Crockett. He was Boone’s head baseball coach (1994-05) and an assistant there from 1972-78.
Jenkins will be formally recognized at 5:45 p.m. at Clarence Mabe Field.
Daniel Boone Softball
Daniel Boone’s softball team went 8-2 to finish sixth in the Eastman Invitational last week, improving its season record to 21-5.
Megan Ackerman (13-1) pitched a shutout in a 4-0 against William Blount. Ackerman also had an RBI double. Jaycie Jenkins was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI.
Nickolette Ferguson hit a three-run home run in an 8-7 loss to Anderson County on Sunday. Ackerman was 3-for-3.
Ackerman pitched a three-hit shutout in a 6-0 defeat of Moore County on Saturday, a day that included a 10-2 win against Clinton and an 8-1 win against Grainger. Ackerman had four hits against Clinton, including a home run and two doubles. Jenkins delivered a two-run home run.
Ferguson, McKenna Dietz and Camryn Sarvis are tied for the team lead with three home runs. Ackerman has a team-high 27 RBIs and Jenkins leads the ‘Blazers with 12 doubles.
Ackerman (.434), Jenkins (.433) and Ferguson (.409) are all batting better than .400.
David Crockett Softball
David Crockett’s softball team improved to 3-1 in the Big Seven Conference with a 4-3 home win against Cherokee last week.
With the score tied, 3-3, entering the home half of the sixth, Haley Arrowood opened the frame with a bunt single, advanced to second on Jenna Davis’ hit and scored due to an error in the outfield.
Kara Weems pitched a five-hitter for the victory, striking out 11 and walking three.
Alyssa Suits was 3-for-3 for the Pioneers (11-5), who will play this week in Orlando, Florida.