The Bucs bested the Golden Raiders 9-0 in the winners’ bracket final. Earlier, North Greene eliminated Unaka by a 6-2 margin.
With the results, the rest of the event was set. North Greene plays Sullivan North on Tuesday while University High awaits the winner for Wednesday’s championship.
The Bucs also have a spot in next week’s Region 1-A tournament for the second straight season. The last time University High went to back-to-back Region 1-A tournaments were in 2007 and 2008.
University High 9, Sullivan North 0
The six-run outburst came in the third inning for the Bucs. Carter Pollock had an RBI double off the left field fence to start the scoring. He later scored on an error on a ball hit by Cade Pollock. Briley Townsend had a squeeze bunt as Cade Pollock raced in. Kaleb Meredith helped himself with an RBI single.
“We threw the ball well, hit the ball well. We played a clean game,” University High head coach Josh Petty said. “We hit the ball 1-through-9. It was a good team effort. We go into Wednesday fully (pitching) staffed. You have to anticipate having to play two games.”
Meredith and Brant Hare combined for the shutout. Meredith threw the first 3 2/3 innings with 54 pitches before Hare entered the game. Meredith struck out seven batters and scattered two hits. Hare worked out of a bases-loaded situation with a strikeout. That was one of the eight strikeouts in the relief appearance.
At the plate Meredith had two hits as did Townsend and Carter Pollock had two hits and three RBIs.
Sullivan North’s Chandler Raleigh went 2-for-3.
North Greene 6, Unaka 2
North Greene jumped in front of Unaka with a run in each of the first two innings. Three more runs in the top of the third gave the Huskies all the margin they would need to advance.
The Rangers struck again in the fifth, but North Greene had added an insurance score a half inning before that.