Daniel Boone gets past HV

By Ivan Sanders
STAR CORRESPONDENT
isanders@starhq.com

   ERWIN--The Daniel Boone Lady Blazers remembered only too well the earlier shellacking they took at the hands of the Happy Valley Lady Warriors in softball action.
   It didn't take long for the Lady Blazers to revenge that loss as they used the NFS Tournament in Unicoi County on Friday night to hand a 4-2 loss to Happy Valley at the Unicoi County Little League field.
   Defense was the name of the game in the early stages of the contest as Boone went quietly in the top of the first. Happy Valley could only manage a single by Mandy Byrd that went by the wayside as Byrd was caught in a steal attempt and the Lady Blazer defense did the rest to retire the Lady Warriors in the bottom of the inning.
   Boone was able to get a little offense going in the top of the second on a scorching double by the Lady Blazers Kari Harper. Harper was stranded at second though as Kortney Goulds was able to produce ground balls that was swept up like a vacuum cleaner by the HV infielders for easy outs.
   After the Lady Warriors went quietly in the bottom of the second, Daniel Boone finally reached Goulds for two runs in the top of the third.
   Kelly Moody drew a base on balls and scored on a RBI single by leadoff hitter Lynna McInturff who came all the way around to third after the Lady Warrior left fielder bobbled the hit and then made a bad throw to the infield.
   Amanda Wheeler then popped the ball up and when Lady Warrior third baseman Leeanna Howell made the catch, McInturff made a mad dash for home and touched the dish safely to give Wheeler a RBI on a sacrifice fly.
   Happy Valley could only savage a single by Jennifer Osborne in the bottom of the third before putting their defensive unit back on the diamond again.
   Boone was kept in check in the top of the fourth while the Lady Warriors made their first noise of the night in the bottom of the inning.
   Byrd singled and was forced at second on a single by Terra Whaley that looked like it might be caught before dropping in front of the center fielder.
   Jessie Blevins singled behind Whaley and Goulds helped herself out by laying down a perfect bunt that scored Whaley with runners standing at first and second with two out.
   Pitcher Sarah White of Boone finally coaxed Howell into a fly out to center fielder to put out the rally with the Lady Warriors trailing only by a score of 2-1.
   The Lady Warriors then worked a one-two-three inning in the top of the fifth and came to bat looking to even the score or take the lead. Jeanie Hawkins got the Lady Warrior war party going by smacking a double with authority.
   Osborne then hit a ball that was dropped by the Blazers left fielder with Hawkins racing around to even the game at 2-2. The Blazers held and at the end of five innings with the score tied at 2-2, a hard rain fell that held up action for around 20 minutes.
   When play resumed, Boone showed no effects of the short delay as Wheeler singled. Goulds then made a sweet pitch that Aerial Dye just couldn't resist as the first baseman stung the ball on a line drive home run that missed denting a Mustang parked across the street from the ball park.
   That was all the offense needed as White managed to work around a double by Whaley and a single by Goulds in the sixth inning while retiring the Lady Warriors in order in the bottom of the seventh to maintain a 4-2 win for her club.