Daniel Boone, the 11th-ranked softball team in District 3 Class 5A, was rumored to be a top-notch team, despite what the rankings showed. 

Tuesday, the Blazers proved it, knocking off No. 6 Greencastle-Antrim 2-1 to advance to the second round of the District 3 Class 5A playoffs on Tuesday afternoon.

Boone will play Donegal on Thursday in the second round. 

Daniel Boone struck first in the top of the fourth inning with a walk and a fielders choice, followed by an RBI single hit by Cara Shackelford. The Blazers added another run in the top of the sixth to pull ahead 2-0.

Greencastle showed life in the bottom of the sixth. The Blue Devils put runners on first and second, followed by a single up the middle by Ally Brown, but Boone centerfielder Sydney Hayes came up with a lightning throw to beat the runner home. 

Daniel Boone continued throughout the day to give a little, and then take it back.

Hayes' work in center kept the Blue Devils off balance thanks to a few game-altering plays throughout.

“We knew she had a pretty strong arm from the scouting reports," G-A coach Mark DeCarli said. "That was a heck of a throw home. She was a game changer out there, when you have a center fielder that has a rocket, it certainly takes away from what we wanted to do.”

In the bottom of the seventh, trailing 2-0, the Blue Devils again threatened to turn the game on its head.

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Starting with singles from Jenna Carty and Mackenzie Oberholzer, the Blue Devils loaded the bases with no outs. 

Morgan Wagaman hit a single to bring a runner home, but the Blue Devils could not bring another across the plate. 

Daniel Boone again, gave a little and took it back.

The Blue Devils finished their season 15-7.

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