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Trailblazers get job done at Crockett

Gene Renfro • Apr 3, 2018 at 9:56 PM

Daniel Boone made the most of its opportunities to produce a 6-3 win at county rival David Crockett for a Big 7 Conference series sweep Tuesday.

“Really good win, anytime you can win on the road it is good,” said Daniel Boone head coach Rob Hoover.

“Our kids battled,” David Crockett head coach Nick Lingerfelt said. “They fight their tails off, give you everything they have. We’re a couple of hits away from hopefully getting that first conference win.

Trailblazers open scoring

A two-out rally from Daniel Boone came in the third inning. Easton Harrell led off with a single then advanced with a sacrifice bunt. He later moved up on a groundout to bring Eric Rigsby to the plate.

The Trailblazers’ third baseman delivered an RBI triple into the right-center gap. Cade Elliott followed with a double to the gap in left center to push the advantage to 2-0.

Two innings later, the visitors did it again. Rigsby provided a sacrifice fly to shallow right field and lead-off hitter Brody Goodman was able to score.

Elliott had another RBI double, this time to straightaway center. A wild pitch allowed Elliott to score.

“We challenged them after the game last night,” Hoover said of the offense that produced a dozen hits. “I felt like we could have been a little better offensively and to come out with 12 hits — which is a good sign that they responded. I think we ran the bases really really well.”

All that happened against Tanner Treadway. The Pioneers’ lefty finished six innings and gave up five runs on a dozen hits. Treadway fanned eight Trailblazer batters.

Rigsby finished the night 3-for-3 as he added a seventh-inning single. He would later score on a sacrifice fly from Hunter Adams. The final inning ended when the Pioneers turned a 4-6-3 double play with the bases full of Trailblazers.

Crockett capitalizes

Adams went through the first five innings scoreless, but the sixth was a different story. David Crockett was patient enough to draw two walks and a hit batter, loading the bases. Landon Quillen stepped to the plate and powered a bases-clearing double into the left field corner to get the home side excited.

That closed out Daniel Boone pitcher Adams’ day. He completed 5 2/3 innings with the three earned runs on four hits. He struck out half a dozen as well.

Elliott entered in relief and recorded the final four outs via strikeouts for the save.

First-inning threats

Both Daniel Boone and David Crockett had opportunities to score in the first inning. Rigsby had a double into the left-field corner for the Trailblazers while courtesy runner Logan Miller was left stranded at third base for the Pioneers.

Outcome

Daniel Boone improved to 9-5 overall with a 5-3 Big 7 mark. Meanwhile the Pioneers went to 1-13, 0-8.

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