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Ackerman’s arm, bat lift Daniel Boone past Farragut in East Tennessee Classic

By DOUGLAS FRITZ • Mar 23, 2019 at 2:15 AM

JOHNSON CITY — There was no margin for error, and Daniel Boone was the team that found a way.

A sixth-inning sacrifice fly off the bat of Megan Ackerman — who also dominated in the circle — provided the difference in a 1-0 victory over Farragut in the East Tennessee Classic softball tournament Friday at Winged Deer Park.

“It was a great win for us,” said Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins. “They had a quality pitcher, too, and I thought both pitchers did a great job keeping the ball down.”

Ackerman delivered a three- hit shutout, striking out nine.

“We knew coming in they were a good team,” she said. “They beat David Crockett, and that’s our rival. We were ready to go.

“They had big hitters. I knew I had to work them and hit my spots. Sometimes I did, and sometimes I didn’t, but it worked out in the end.”

Jenkins said Ackerman had a nice approach.

“Tonya (Jenkins) does a great job with all of our pitchers,” said Jeremy Jenkins. “Megan mixed up her speeds well and used both sides of the plate. She was really attacking the strike zone, and we were catching it behind her.”

Brylee Mesusan drew a leadoff walk in the Boone half of the sixth. She stole second and went to third on Jaycie Jenkins’ sacrifice bunt. That brought Ackerman to the plate.

“I just wanted to get a good piece of the ball, and get it in the gap, hopefully,” Ackerman said. “I knew we had speed on the base. I just wanted to get something where she could get in there.”

Ackerman delivered a flyball to center field that was deep enough to score Mesusan.

“I didn’t know if it was deep enough with the wind,” Ackerman said. “The wind killed the ball today.”

Farragut pitcher Lakyn Moore took the hard-luck loss. She allowed just two hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

DANIEL BOONE 13, UNAKA 0

The Lady Trailblazers made it two in a row for the tournament with Greyson Stevens homering as part of a 13-hit attack.

Jaycie Jenkins totaled two hits and drove in three runs. Camryn Sarvis added a pair of hits.

DOBYNS-BENNETT 13, UNIVERSITY HIGH 1

Morgan Riffle, Peyton Domby and Emma Allgood each drove in a pair of runs and the Lady Indians built a 7-0 first-inning lead.

Riffle and Kassidy Miller combined on a five-hitter, totaling nine strikeouts in five innings of work.

Ryleigh Owen had two hits for the Lady Bucs.

SCIENCE HILL 13. CLOUDLAND 0

Bree Presnell authored a perfect game for the Lady Hilltoppers in the five-inning rout.

SCIENCE HILL 17, SULLIVAN SOUTH 0

Jannon Glaspie hit a pair of homers to pace the Lady Hilltoppers.

SULLIVAN EAST 6, SOUTH GREENE 5

The Lady Patriots pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for the come-from-behind win.

Chelsea Sams homered for East while Kylee Wolfe totaled two hits.

SULLIVAN EAST 13, HAPPY VALLEY 9

Chelsea Sams went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs as East built a 13-2 lead.

Katelyn Loudy went 4-for-4 with four runs scored. Kylee Wolfe and Emma Timbs each had two hits with Timbs driving in three runs.

The Lady Warriors rallied for seven runs in the fifth inning.

DAVID CROCKETT 7, SOUTH GREENE 5

Leading 6-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lady Pioneers had to hold on for the win.

Riley Hope and Kara Weems did damage at the plate, each totaling three hits and two RBIs. Hope scored three runs. Maddie Roy added two hits.

Weems struck out 12 batters.

DAVID CROCKETT 3, HAPPY VALLEY 0

Mackenzie Baldwin drove in two runs and Jenna Davis tossed a four-hit shutout.

Matty McKee had two hits for Crockett. Cierra Sutherland had two hits for Happy Valley.

UNICOI COUNTY 13, CHUCKEY-DOAK 7

Carly Kinsler homered and totaled five RBIs, and the Lady Blue Devils scored seven runs with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning to overcome a one-run deficit.

Betsabe Chavez had three hits while Cassie Selvage and Halie Hawkins totaled two each.

UNICOI COUNTY 22, UNIVERSITY HIGH 1

Caroline Podvin had two hits and five RBIs for the Lady Blue Devils.

Kiley Bennett, Rachel Hatcher, Bella Bogart and Kirsten Buchanan each had two RBIs, and Gabby Davis had two hits. Unicoi scored at least four runs in each of its four times at bat.

JOHNSON COUNTY 10, UNAKA 9

Down 9-4 heading to the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Rangers rallied for the win.

Unaka scored five in the inning and then pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth.


SATURDAY’S EAST TENNESSEE CLASSIC SCHEDULE

At Winged Deer Park

Field 1

Science Hill vs. Volunteer, 10 a.m.

Cloudland vs. Sullivan South, 11:45 a.m.

Field 2

David Crockett vs. Sullivan East, 10 a.m.

South Greene vs. Happy Valley, 11:45 a.m.

Field 3

Daniel Boone vs. Johnson County, 10 a.m.

Knox Farragut vs. Unaka, 11:45 a.m.

Field 4

University High vs. Chuckey-Doak, 10 a.m.

Dobyns-Bennett vs. Unicoi County, 11:45 a.m.

Bracket play

Field 1

A1 vs. C1, 2 p.m.

B1 vs. D1, 3:45 p.m.

Third place, 5:30 p.m.

Championship, 7:15 p.m.

Field 2

A2 vs. C2, 2 p.m.

B2 vs. D2, 3:45 p.m.

Third place, 5:30 p.m.

Championship, 7:15 p.m.

Field 3

A3 vs. C3, 2 p.m.

B3 vs. D3, 3:45 p.m.

Third place, 5:30 p.m.

Championship, 7:15 p.m.

Field 4

A4 vs. C4, 2 p.m.

B4 vs. D4, 3:45 p.m.

Third place, 5:30 p.m.

Championship, 7:15 p.m.

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