Boone honors Jenkins with total team effort in win over Tennnessee High

Joe Avento • Apr 15, 2019 at 9:16 PM

It was Jerry Jenkins Night at Daniel Boone, and the Trailblazers’ baseball team gave the legendary former coach a game to remember.

Boone rallied late for an 8-6 victory over Tennessee High in a Big Seven Conference game that seemed to have as many heroes as there were spots on the lineup card.

Colby Backus drove in three runs and made two game-changing catches in right field for Boone, which improved to 14-9 overall, 7-4 in the Big Seven.

Backus had plenty of help. Hunter Adams pitched six innings, five of them dominant, and survived a five-run fourth inning by Tennessee High.

“It really was a team win,” Boone coach Rob Hoover said. “Everybody did something tonight, whether is was getting bunts down or making plays. As a coach, when everybody contributes and finds something to help us, it’s a real positive night.”

Boone lefty Brody Goodman came on in the seventh inning and got the save, but catcher Logan Rivers actually saved the game.

After the Vikings got runners on first and second and were threatening, Goodman struck out Davis Hall on a tipped third strike. Rivers held onto the ball and came out firing, beginning a rundown between second and third that ended up in a double play.

“That throw behind was just a great play,” Hoover said. “It was getting hairy there and he made a crucial play.”

Rivers got the final out when he snagged a towering foul popup with a sliding catch just before his face hit the corner of the fence guarding his team’s dugout.

After the Vikings’ five run fourth — keyed by a three-run double from Bryce Snyder — put them up 5-3, Boone rallied with a four-run fifth. Rivers’ two-run double was the big blow.

Anthony Edwards went 3-for-4 for the Trailblazers, while Cade Elliott had two hits.

Backus made sliding catches on back-to-back batters in the second inning right after the Vikings had gotten their first hit.

Adams struck out nine Tennessee High batters.

Snyder and Peyton Fox had two hits apiece for Tennessee High which fell to 19-6, 6-3 and will play host to Boone on Tuesday.

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