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Trailblazers blitz Warriors in Tribe Classic

By JOHNNY WILSON, Sports Correspondent • Apr 6, 2019 at 2:15 AM

GRAY — Smacking the baseball all over the field and running away to a mercy-rule win is always a great way to spend a spring afternoon.

Daniel Boone had a terrific time in the Tribe Classic on Friday, pounding out 14 hits — 13 of them singles — in barely over four innings and bullying Happy Valley by a 10-0 count at Clarence Mabe Field.

The Trailblazers (11-17) received three hits apiece from Brody Goodman and Colby Backus, in addition to two each from Anthony Edwards, Cade Elliott, Hunter Adams and Chase Chandler.

Chandler finished with three RBIs and Elliott and Backus two apiece. Adams and Goodman both plated runs as well for the dialed-in ’Blazers.

“And it was a complete game offensively,” said Boone coach Rob Hoover. “Sometimes they’ll get a little upset if they make an out (yet) we advance runners. In the grand scheme of things that’s what we’re about, and if we’re about team ... then those outs are good outs.

“We did that tonight, and we also got some big hits when we needed them. It was a very good win.”

MR. HANEY DEALS

Ryne Haney pitched all five innings to pick up the win, allowing only a fourth-inning leadoff single to Dylan Willis in an otherwise strong outing.

A junior right-hander, Haney struck out six and handed out three free passes.

“Games like this are good to build pitching depth,” Hoover said. “Once you get into the district tournament you need at least six or seven guys you can count on to compete and throw strikes, and these games are really good for that.

“And Ryne Haney is showing he could be one of those guys we can count on.”

UP NEXT

Both teams continue tournament play at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Boone at Cardinal Park and Happy Valley (4-10) at Hunter Wright Stadium.

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