One night after a blowout loss, the Pioneers turned the tables on Daniel Boone and earned an 8-5 baseball victory at Sonny Miller Park on Wednesday night.
It was just the second Big Seven Conference win of the season for Crockett (2-6), but both were against good teams in Boone and Tennessee High.
“Last night (Boone) had a couple of big innings that broke our backs,” said Crockett head coach Spencer Street of the 12-3 loss. “We were able to come back and focus. We get up for this game. The pitching kept us in it, and we had some very timely hitting. When we execute and do what we need to do, we’ve got a chance.”
Boone (13-9) slipped to 6-4 in league play and may be destined for the No. 4 seed in next month’s district tournament after Tennessee High’s win over Science Hill left Boone two games out of third place.
Crockett improved to 6-11 overall.
Boone jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead, but Crockett had a four-run answer in the bottom of the second inning.
Johnny Loyd got Crockett on the board with a sacrifice fly, and Luke Adams tied the game with an RBI single.
Then Grady Cash delivered the big hit, a two-run single to make it 4-2.
Crockett lead off hitter Garrett Leonard, who had a double in fourth inning as Crockett stretched its lead to 6-2, said the reason for Crockett’s turnaround was fairly simple.
“I think we just played better as a team,” he said. “We hit the ball better, we played defense better, and all around we were just better.”
Boone struck for three runs in the fifth inning to cut Crockett’s lead to 6-5. Cade Elliot had the big hit, a booming double over the center fielder’s head that plated two runs.
Elliot later scored on a throwing error as he stole third base.
But the Pioneers answered with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to seal the deal.
“Our guys kept their composure,” said Street. “Tonight it felt like we were in command even those it was close. It was just the mentality. We put seven innings together against one of the best teams in the conference.”
Cash worked four innings to get the win, allowing four hits and only one earned run. Cody Wheeley finished up with three strong innings of relief to earn the save.
At the plate, Cash finished with two hits. Loyd and Cash each drove in three runs.
For Boone, Elliot and Brody Goodman each had two hits.