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Jenkins powers Boone past Science Hill for District 1-AAA softball title

TANNER COOK • May 10, 2019 at 1:07 AM

CHURCH HILL — Daniel Boone senior shortstop Jaycie Jenkins capped off her Most Valuable Player performance on Thursday night at Volunteer with another memorable one in the Lady Trailblazers’ 9-2 win over Science Hill in the District 1-AAA tournament championship game.

Jenkins added to her tourney total of 10 RBIs with five more, including a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to top it off.

“When these two teams get together, it’s always a big game,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “Nickolette (Ferguson) really battled, and I think she threw better there in the later innings. … We’re hitting on all cylinders right now and playing well at the right time of the year.”

Neither team could get any offense in the first two innings, but Science Hill struck first in the top of the third.

All with two outs, Kasey Bennett reached on a walk, and then Abigail Taylor got on with a single to start a rally for Science Hill. Shayna Price then hit a hard grounder up the middle to drive in Bennett from second, but that is all Ferguson would allow to the Lady ‘Toppers.

Her final line was a complete game with eight strikeouts.

One of the big momentum swings was the throw from Boone outfielder McKenna Dietz to home that nailed Taylor at the plate for the final out.

Ferguson retired the next six and eight of the next nine in a row to shut down the offense of Science Hill.

The Lady ‘Blazers tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Briley Mesusan scored all the way from second base on a Jenkins line drive to the wall.

Boone then erupted for eight runs in the sixth. Jenkins actually started the inning with a leadoff single, but was tagged out at home trying to score on a pitch that got away from Science Hill catcher Jayden Salts.

However, all the work was not done by Jenkins, as Greyson Stevens finished with a pair of RBIs and Camryn Sarvis had one as well.

The Lady ‘Blazers will host the District 2-AAA runner-up: either Morristown East or Jefferson County. Science Hill will travel to the winner. Both games will be on Monday.

SCIENCE HILL WINS WILD ONE OVER D-B

The Lady Hilltoppers had to stave off a valiant rally by Dobyns-Bennett in the first elimination game, winning 14-9.

Sejal Neas got the win, striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings of work. Morgan Riffle got the loss and had three strikeouts.

The Lady Indians were guilty of eight errors and were 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position, including nine left stranded.

Science Hill’s offense was clicking from the start, landing a gut punch in the first inning with seven runs.

Bennett and Zoey Cooper each finished with three RBIs while Makenzie Smith had two. One of Bennett’s hits was a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth.

D-B had a slow climb back into the game highlighted with a solo shot by Chloe Duncan (her second of the tournament) in the fourth inning. In the fifth and with one out, the Tribe strung together three walks, a fielder’s choice and two singles to get back within striking distance. However, Science hIll scored three runs in the home half of the frame to pull away for good.

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