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Daniel Boone softball team has been on a roll

Douglas Fritz • Apr 15, 2019 at 9:23 PM

On a roll, in a groove, red hot.

Daniel Boone’s softball team was all of the above coming out of the weekend.

During their 12-game winning streak, the Lady Trailblazers allowed only 12 runs. They posted seven shutouts, outscoring their opponents 101-12 during the stretch.

Perhaps their most impressive accomplishment came Saturday when Boone blanked perennial state powerhouse Gibbs 2-0 to win Gibbs’ tournament. On a side note, Gibbs earned career win No. 900 for coach Carol Mitchell during the tourney.

The Lady ’Blazers — 34-5 heading into Monday’s game against Dobyns-Bennett — ranked No. 11 in the state by allowing just two runs per game.

Boone has seven Big 7 Conference games remaining and must navigate the tough waters of Science Hill and David Crockett. The three teams entered Monday tied for first place in the loss column.


Gibson County is the highest-scoring public school in Tennessee at 11 runs per game.

Others from the area are No. 5 Sullivan South (9.9), No. 8 Elizabethton (9.4) and No. 13 Tennessee High (9.1).


Six Science Hill athletes made their college choices official Monday in a ceremony at the Hilltoppers’ gym.

East Tennessee State got one of them, signing Kayleigh Berg for triathlon.

In girls soccer, Riley Cox chose Lincoln Memorial. On the boys’ side in soccer, Dan Good (Mount St. Joseph) and Griffin Kirby (Milligan) made their selection.

And in swimming, Morgan Misenar went with Florida Southern and Landon Potter chose Washington & Lee. …

Tennessee High will send eight athletes to the next level in a ceremony set for Wednesday in the school’s library at 2:45 p.m.

Ryan Gibson has a football deal with Emory & Henry. Davis Hall will make it official with King in baseball.

In girls golf, Ivy Foran and Lily Self are headed to the Lynchburg. Caleb Archer has a cross country deal with Milligan. Dom Fields will sign with Southwest Virginia Community College for wrestling. LynLeigh Rhodes will play women’s basketball at Southwest Virginia Community College. And in volleyball, Maggie Hicks is headed to Johnson.

Baseball games of the week

Tuesday — Dobyns-Bennett at Science Hill, Daniel Boone at Tennessee High, Elizabethton at Unicoi County, University High at North Greene

Monday, April 22 — Tennessee High at Dobyns-Bennett, Sullivan East at Sullivan South

Dobyns-Bennett finishes its biggest league series before starting what could become its biggest league series. ...

Boone tries to stay in the hunt for a top-three finish. ...

Sullivan South and Sullivan East are in a heated battle for second place in the Three Rivers Conference.

Baseball rankings

Putting things together for a run of 14 straight wins against in-state competition, Elizabethton moved into the top spot in this week’s rankings. It’s a tough call between the teams in spots two through four as they appear to be evenly matched.

Team W-L Prv
1. Elizabethton 16-4 2
2. Dobyns-Bennett 14-8 3
3. Science Hill 13-8 4
4. Tennessee High 19-5 1
5. Daniel Boone 13-9 5
6. Sullivan South 12-6 6
7. University High 12-8 7
8. Sullivan East 10-8 8
9. Unicoi County 10-10 NR
10. Sullivan North 10-7 10
(tie) Cherokee 9-11 9

Softball games of the week

Tuesday — Science Hill at David Crockett, Sullivan South at Unicoi County

Thursday — Dobyns-Bennett at Science Hill

Monday, April 22 — David Crockett at Daniel Boone

Crockett is facing its biggest seven-day stretch of the Big 7 season. ...

For Science Hill, it’s two big rivals in a span of three days. ...

Unicoi County tries to keep its unbeaten Three Rivers record intact.

Softball rankings

Everything stayed the same from last week.

Team W-L Prv
1. Daniel Boone 34-5 1
2. Science Hill 23-6 2
3. David Crockett 18-7 3
4. Unicoi County 23-4 4
5. Dobyns-Bennett 17-11 5
6. Sullivan East 13-10 6
7. Sullivan South 11-8 7
8. Volunteer 9-9 8
9. Unaka 15—15 9
10. Elizabethton 8-11 10