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Boone blanks D-B in Lady Indians’ softball home opener

By TANNER COOK • Mar 22, 2018 at 9:02 PM

KINGSPORT — The ringing of metal bats returned to Indian Highlands Park on Thursday afternoon, but the Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians softball team fell 8-0 in their first home game of the year against Daniel Boone.

The Tribe (3-3, 0-1 Big 7 Conference) got jumped on early, allowing three runs in the first inning.

Pitcher Nickolette Ferguson picked up the win and six strikeouts for the Lady Trailblazers, even though she got in a jam in both the second and third innings. She allowed seven hits for the game.

“It has been someone different every night for us,” Boone head coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “Megan Ackerman has kind of been struggling for us, so it was good that she got the home run. It gives us more potency on offense one through nine.”

Neither pitcher walked a batter until the seventh inning.

“We just couldn’t string hits together,” D-B coach Andy Hubbard said. “We had seven hits, but they were just kind of spotty and Boone made plays when they needed to. We’re going to get better as the season goes along, and we just didn’t play well enough today. Boone is a good team, too.”

BLAZING START

Boone (6-3, 1-0) had three runs in the first frame and two in the second as the lineup rattled D-B pitcher Morgan Riffle.

Ashley Stevens led off the contest with a double and later advanced to third on a passed ball. MaKenna Dance got her home on a single for the first run of the day.

Dance scored later on a MaKenna Dietz double.

Dietz was the last to score in the inning, when Greyson Stevens hit a single that drove her in from second.

Every Boone hit in the first inning was made with a two-strike count.

FERGUSON IN CONTROL

The girl in the circle for Boone was in complete control of the game from the first pitch. Ferguson had four strikeouts through three innings and did not allow any walks.

Furthermore, she did not allow a single Lady Indian past second base through four innings.

It seemed that every time Boone needed a play in the field or a strikeout, the Lady ’Blazers got it. The Indians could not take advantage of any of the three opportunities in which they had a runner at second base.

POURING IT ON

Boone began to pour it on in the fifth inning after Riffle had settled into a rhythm for D-B in the third and fourth.

Ackerman hammered a ball to deep right field for a home run with Ferguson on first base. Ferguson had gotten on via a long single that scored Jaycie Jenkins from second.

The Lady ’Blazers added three runs in the frame and led 8-0.