Despite a pair of University High pitchers combining for a no-hitter, the Junior Bucs lost 1-0 to Unaka in the losers’ bracket final of the District 1-A baseball tournament at Cannon-Gouge Park.
University High, which lost earlier 13-3 to North Greene in a winners’ bracket final, ends its season at 13-10. The Rangers (14-11) and Huskies (19-3) will play at 2 p.m. today in a championship game with an if necessary game scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Connor Bartow pitched six innings of no-hit baseball for University High before Justin Wiseman took over for the final 11â„3 innings. Wiseman suffered the loss after Taylor Edwards led off the eighth inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hardin.
After Edwards moved to third on a wild pitch, University High foiled Unaka’s squeeze attempt to score. However, on the next pitch, Jeffrey Yerkes hit a ground ball to short, which allowed pinch runner Andrew Long to score from second base.
For Unaka, sophomore Jonathan Wright threw five scoreless, allowing just a pair of infield singles. He struck seven batters before giving way to Thomas Hardin, who followed with two scoreless innings before Danny Bales came in to pick up the win.
The Junior Bucs missed an opportunity with bases loaded in the top of the eighth. Zac Vicars hit a hard-hit ball, but Hardin was able to knock down the ball to get the out and end the threat.