Accustomed to taking it on the chin against traditional soccer power Science Hill, Crockett played the Hilltoppers to a 0-0 tie on Tuesday on the Pioneer pitch.
“This is a huge step forward for the Crockett program,” said Pioneers coach Michael Smelser. “In all the years at Crockett, they’ve never come this close — never tied, never won. And to do this against a program as great as Science Hill’s just speaks volumes for these boys.”
Smelser is more than mildly acquainted with the Hilltoppers’ program. In fact, he used to be their coach.
“I’m proud of the guys, proud of the kids,” he said of his Pioneers. “They definitely did something special tonight for Jonesborough.”
Crockett, added Smelser, was relentless on the defensive end.
“Our backline was incredible tonight, led by freshman goalkeeper Jack Roney,” he said. “He was absolutely stellar back there in the pipes.”
Crockett returns to action on Thursday night, visiting Elizabethton. Science Hill visits Greeneville.
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HAMPTON—Walker Page had a goal and an assist as the Jr. Bucs garnered the No. 2 seed for their conference playoffs.
Pate Anglin and Will Owen also put the ball in the net, and Bracken Burns contributed a pair of assists.
Aided by an own-goal by the Bulldogs, UH took a 3-0 lead to intermission.
Goalkeeper Tyler Barnes finished with a clean sheet, totaling four saves along the way.
The Junior Bucs (8-2) finish the regular season by hosting KACHEA at East Tennessee State’s Taylor Stadium this Thursday. Their postseason begins with a match against West Greene next Tuesday at Winged Deer Park.
Both contests start at 6:30 p.m.
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ROGERVILLE—Behind 19 hits and a Kara Weems two-hitter, David Crockett tripped up Cherokee in Big Seven Conference play.
Leadoff batter Sydney Fox turned in a 4-for-5 effort with three RBIs, Alyssa Suits went 3 for 4 with a pair of runs and both players homered.
Matty McKee had a nice go of things as well for Crockett, batting 3 for 4 and scoring twice. Lenzie Jenkins, Riley Hope and Reagan Miller contributed two hits apiece, with Miller connecting for a home run.
The Lady Pioneers, who put the game away with five runs in the top of the seventh inning, totaled six extra-base hits as Mackenzie Baldwin, Maddie Roy and Weems doubled.
Working around six walks, Weems racked up a half-dozen strikeouts. Both runs she surrendered were unearned.
Katie Rosenbaum and Grace Jones had the Lady Chiefs’ hits. Paisley Lyons scored a run and drew three bases on balls.
David Crockett will be at Daniel Boone today for a 4:30 p.m. game. Should the Lady Pioneers prevail, they will win the Big Seven Conference title outright. However, if the Lady Trailblazers win, the two teams share the championship.
Unicoi County 10-9
Johnson County 0-0
ERWIN—With Tanya Chavez tagging two home runs and totaled six RBIs, Unicoi County swept a conference twin-bill from Johnson County.
Both games lasted five innings. The opener was a 10-0 affair that produced a homer and three RBIs from both Chavez and Halie Hawkins. Chavez also tripled in a 13-hit Unicoi assault.
Rylee Stiltner (double), Sydney Miller (double), Halie Padgett, Grace Ann Clark, Chavez and Hawkins finished with two hits apiece. Striking out eight batters, Padgett limited Johnson County to four hits.
Game 2, a 9-0 final, quickly unfurled as Allee Griffith twirled a one-hitter with six strikeouts.
Chavez again went deep in another two-hit, three-RBI performance. Miller homered and drove in three runs, with Padgett swatting a two-bagger.
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Sullivan East 7, 9 inn.
The Pioneers won a wild one with the Patriots, ending the game on a Tanner Treadway bunt and Patriots error that enabled Devin Foster and Jacob Jenkins to come home.
Both teams scored two eighth-inning runs, then East went up 7-6 in the ninth.
Foster singled before Jenkins walked, bringing Treadway to the plate for a no-outs situation.
Each team accounted for a dozen hits. Generating two apiece for the Pioneers were Will Long, Grady Cash, Luke Larkins, Jenkins and Foster.
Long homered while Cash, Larkins and Landon Quillen (2 RBIs) doubled.
The Patriots’ Tanner Leffew (double) and Eli Milhorn (double) had three hits apiece. Brantley Ellis and Elias Arnold tripled as they both collected a pair of hits.
The last of seven Crockett pitchers, Jacob Rambo picked up the win with an inning’s work. Larkins started the contest with three scoreless frames.
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ELIZABETHTON—The Jr. Bucs cut loose for 10 runs over the final two innings to wipe out a 4-1 Unaka advantage.
A.J. Simerly deposited two doubles into a 3-for-4, 2-RBI effort for UH. Hunter Seehorn was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs while Carter Pollock (double), Jake Oligny, Jack Bembry and Michael Degennero had two runs apiece.
The Bucs accumulated 10 stolen bases, getting two each from Jakob Hare, Oligny and Simerly.
Allowing one earned run and striking out four batters, Hare pitched 2 1/3 innings of middle relief for the win.
The Rangers’ Isaac Hill (triple), Bryson Street (double) and Blake King all produced two hits.
RUTLEDGE—Japheth Curtsinger batted 3 for 4, had two runs and combined with Nick Collins on a one-hitter.
Collins started with three scoreless/hitless innings, totaling six strikeouts against no walks.
Curtsinger went the rest of the way to pick up the win.
Steve Owen, Ethan Crowder, Nick Collins and Trey Courtney each contributed a pair of hits to the victory. Courtney totaled three RBIs, Collins drove in two runs and Crowder scored twice.