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1-A baseball/softball: Jr. Bucs earn regional berth

Gene Renfro • May 7, 2018 at 10:34 PM

University High punched its ticket to the District 1-A baseball title tilt with a 5-0 win over North Greene on Monday.

The Junior Bucs improved to 20-9 and also secured a spot in the Region 1-A event next week.

“We’re excited. This is what we’ve talked about all year and take care of business,” University High head coach Josh Petty said about the upcoming games. “We’ve got that berth (Region 1-A) and now the next step is trying to get that No. 1 seed and a host a game next Monday.”

The game was contested at David Crockett and afterward Unaka eliminated Sullivan North with a 3-0 score.

With that, Tuesday’s slate was set. North Greene plays Unaka in the losers’ bracket final at 5 p.m. with the survivor taking on UH in the championship at 7.

An if-necessary contest is slated for Wednesday at 6 p.m.

University High 5

North Greene 0

The second inning proved to be enough offense for the Junior Bucs. Brant Hare produced a sacrifice fly before a double from Michael Degnnaro. Jakob Hare also had a sacrifice fly in the inning.

Eight of the nine Junior Bucs reached base in the contest.

“We were able to put up five there in the second,” Petty said. “Their pitcher was throwing a lot of off-speed and we had a bunch of hard-hit balls.”

Jake Oligny and Hunter Seehorn both scored in the inning and were hit by pitches while Cas Blevins scored after his walk.

Jack Bembry allowed a lone single to Denver Weems in the third inning. That was also the only North Greene baserunner for the evening. Bembry struck out seven foes, including the side in the fifth inning.

“Jack Bembry threw a great game,” Petty said.

North Greene left Jonesborough with a 14-9 record.

Unaka 3

Sullivan North 0

The Rangers saw Dakota Gallimore deliver a two-out single to push across a pair of runs in the opening inning. John-Wesley Hardin and Blake King scored on the play as John Ramsey singled to load the bases in front of Gallimore.

Hardin was a perfect 3 for 3 with the bat. Gallimore also produced two hits as did Bryson Street.

Gallimore manufactured a run in the sixth for insurance. He led the inning off with a bloop single to right, then stole second. A wild pitch advanced him 90 feet before a passed ball allowed him to score.

On the mound, Blake King struck out 10 Golden Raiders for the Rangers. King gave up three hits with three walks issued in the complete-game shutout.

Sullivan North’s Hunter Dingus tossed the first 4 1/3 innings, giving up the two runs with seven hits scattered. The Golden Raiders got hits from Peyton Robinson, Josh Oaks and Bryson Blevins.

The Rangers improved to 21-11 while Sullivan North’s season ends at 7-16.

SOFTBALL

Unaka 6

University High 1

ELIZABETHTON—Erika Potter batted 4 for 4 in support of pitcher Corie Schuettler’s three-hitter, and the Lady Rangers advanced to the winners’ bracket final at Ronnie Hicks Field.

Potter doubled and stole a pair of bases. Madison Ensor was 2 for 2 while Katlyn Weaver, who tripled, and Sarah Tipton each batted 2 for 4 as Unaka cranked out 13 hits.

Savannah Tipton contributed a pair of RBIs, which is all Unaka needed with Schuettler operating from the circle. She amassed nine strikeouts against no walks and the run she surrendered was unearned.

“It was a good team effort,” said Unaka coach Kenneth Chambers. “Everybody played solid. It was a good game.”

The Lady Jr. Bucs got hits from Liz Burns, Kensington Dailey and Ryleigh Owen. Ciara Kennedy drove home Burns in the fifth inning.

North Greene defeated Cloudland 9-2 in additional action Monday, forging a matchup with Unaka in today’s winners’ bracket final. That contest is scheduled to begin after Cloudland and UH play in a 5 p.m. losers’ bracket semifinal.

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