Zac Taylor broke a tie with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning and Matt Cox struck out nine batters as home-standing Boone defeated the Pioneers 2-1.
“Our seniors stepped up big tonight,” said Boone coach Rob Hoover, whose team improved to 8-4 overall, 4-3 in the Big Seven. “If we don’t have our seniors tonight, we’re struggling.”
Taylor, a senior first baseman, came to bat in the sixth with two runners on. Eric Rigsby, another senior who led off with a double, was on second.
The left-handed hitting Taylor then stroked a single to right and Rigsby scored the eventual winning run ahead of the throw.
It was Taylor’s second big hit on a night where there were few. He also led off the fifth inning with a double off the right-field wall and scored on Brody Goodman’s single for the Trailblazers’ first run.
Crockett fell to 1-12 overall, 0-7 in the Big Seven, but the Pioneers are close to breaking out. It was the third one-run loss in their last four games.
“We’re getting closer,” first-year Pioneers’ coach Nick Lingerfelt said. “We’re going to keep battling day in, day out. We’re just looking for that one hit to get over the hump.”
The Pioneers held a 1-0 lead after Will Long’s second double of the game drove in Luke Adams in the fifth inning.
Hoover said Cox’s nine strikeouts might be a career high. Cox pitched out of trouble most of the night as Crockett had base runners on in six of the seven innings.
The Pioneers had a runner in scoring position when Cox got a tapper back to the mound to end the game.
”He throws a ton of strikes, but he doesn’t get a lot of strikeouts,” Hoover said. “He’s really efficient. He goes deep in games because his pitch count stays low.”
Devin Foster was the losing pitcher for Crockett. He allowed six hits as well.
“Last week he lost to Dobyns-Bennett 1-0 and tonight he lost 2-1,” Lingerfelt said. “Devin is throwing great games for us. We’re just one step away.”