Central fends off upset-minded Hampton

from staff reports

   BLOUNTVILLE--The Hampton Bulldogs put up a good fight, but it wasn't meant to be.
   One day after upsetting Sullivan North, Hampton gave Sullivan Central fits before falling 2-1 at Sullivan Central Thursday night.
   The Bulldogs almost rallied to win in this one, as a Ryan Deskins single in the sixth inning scored Josh Moss to cut the Cougar lead to one.
   But Central's Garrett McConnell buckled down the rest of the way to give the Cougars their second Watauga Conference win.
   Eric Swain had a very strong performance on the mound for Hampton in defeat.
   The Bulldogs drop to 5-7 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Trailblazers knock off Rangers

   GRAY-- Michael Dillow had a strong outing on the mound, as Daniel Boone defeated the Unaka Rangers 9-1 Thursday in the Washington County Classic.
   Dillow gave up only eight hits en route to the victory
   Ivan Seaton hit a three-run homer for the Trailblazers.
   Aaron Dugger, Rusty Chambers and Chris Arnold each went 2-for-4 to top Unaka. Jeremy McCann had Unaka's only RBI.
Rangers upend Volunteer

GRAY-- The Unaka Rangers exploded for 10 runs the first three innings to defeat the Falcons 10-4 in Wednesday's play at the Washington County Classic.
   The Rangers scored four in the first, two in the second, and four in the third en route to the victory.
   Unaka collected 10 hits on the afternoon.
   Ben Cole gave up only seven hits to earn the victory.
   Ryan Bowers went 3-for-4 with a triple to lead Unaka. Cole, McCann and Dugger each had to two hits to add to the Ranger barrage.
Lady Bucs swept by Golden Eagles

   JOHNSON CITY- It just wasn't a good day for the East Tennessee State softball team.
   The Lady Bucs were swept by Tennessee Tech in a doubleheader Thursday at Metro-Kiwanis Park.
   ETSU lost the first contest 9-6, then was shutout in the second game 9-0.
   In the first contest, Tennessee Tech was leading 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, but that was before a solo homer by Tiffany Vandergriff cut the Golden Eagle lead down to 5-3.
   The Golden Eagles struck back with three runs in the top of the sixth when Stephanie Dallman cranked a three-run shot to increase Tech's lead to 8-3. Tennessee Tech added a run in the top of the seventh to make it a 9-3 Eagle advantage
   The Buccaneers mounted a challenge in the bottom of the seventh. Former Johnson County standout April Arnold was hit by a pitch, and later came home on a double by Vandergriff.
   Vandergriff scored on a double by Danielle Spetar to make it a 9-5 game. Melanie Collins plated Sptear with a single up the middle to bring the Eagle lead down to 9-6.
   But that's as close as ETSU got, as Tia Breening shut down the Lady Bucs to get the save.
   Tennessee Tech started and finished well in the second game, scoring one in the first, one in the second, and seven in the seventh. Lisa Lamb did the rest, as she pitched a five-hit shutout for the Golden Eagles.
   The Lady Bucs drop to 14-19 on the year, and will be back in action Saturday at Georgia Southern.