The team’s efforts brought Daniel Boone’s softball to third place Sports

MURFRISBORO – As a record-breaking home runner, it’s understandable that Macy Masters has garnered most of her attention in Daniel Boone’s 2022 softball team.

But it was a truly collective effort that pushed Lady Trailblazers to third place in the state TSSAA Class 4A softball tournament.

It was the second best graduation in the school’s history, after only the 2012 state runner-up team.

The Masters had a monstrous day with a three-run home run and a grand slam in Friday’s 8-4 victory over Wilson Central. That day, she set the Tennessee record for one season with 25 home runs, breaking the record of 23 previously held by Tiffany Lauren of Unicoi County.

However, the Masters were far from the only powerful striker in Boone’s squad. Maryville Heritage uses a strategy to target her in the sectional circle. That night, Savannah Jessee, in 5th place, made them pay by breaking a three-run home run after Heritage deliberately passed the Masters.

Jesse also made a huge home run with two runs over center field in Saturday’s final game of the season against Clarksville.

Further emphasizing Boone’s strength, Kylie Bacon had a key blow in two runs in Boone’s 9-6 victory over Summit. She almost made another home run against Springfield, as the ball flew just in violation of the line of the left field.

In addition to the powerful shot, Lady ‘Blejzers enjoyed depth in aiming. Kayleigh Quesinberry started the game in the first round on Tuesday, and Maggie Hillman was the starter against Summit and in the final match against Clarksville. Freshman Ava Saul took three strikes to beat Springfield, while she, Quisenberry and Susie Chatman were very relieved.

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“I think we have something no one else has,” Jenkins said. We used all of them this week.

Like his role as a football coach, Jenkins tried to look at the best matches. While the team had double-digit goals in many games, Jenkins was most excited about the defensive effort.

When the Masters and Camryn Sarvis did not have their best days in the first few games, they were still excellent in the field of third base and short stop. The coach’s daughter, Josie Jenkins, was solid at second base. In addition, the outfield of Riley Brin, Braille Mezzanine and Audrey Moorhouse invented great games when the team needed them most.

“We have been preaching all along that the defense is winning the upcoming games,” said coach Jenkins. “Everyone likes home runs, but it’s more about throwing punches and catching. When they fought with the plate, they did not allow it to be transferred to the field. “

While Boone played well for most of the year, as evidenced by a 30-10 record, Jenkins felt his team peaked at the end of the season.

“We’ve always preached that softball is like a marathon and you want to be good at the end of the year,” Jenkins said. “I thought we played our best softball in the last two weeks of the season in the regional tournament, the regional tournament, the sub-tournament and down here. We failed against Clarksville, but we bounced well. “

Jenkins coaches many sports, including football and basketball. Although he has great memories of these teams, there is no doubt that this team, which included half a dozen seniors – Jesse, Messan, Sarvis, Brin, Chatman and Hillman – has a special place.

“This whole group is special to me. They get along so well and we have six seniors who have been there through COVID and all that stuff, “Jenkins said. “The first night we stayed behind eight, but the children showed a lot of endurance. They played hard and showed what we are capable of. “

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