Rangers squashed by Greene Devils

By Ivan Sanders

   The Unaka Rangers came to the Crockett Invitational looking to gain some respect, but the Greeneville Greene Devils were in a devilish mood on Thursday afternoon.
   Greeneville used 20 hits and a six RBI game from first baseman Chris Day in romping past the helpless Unaka Rangers by a score of 16-2 in the day's opening game at Warren Miller Field.
   As a matter of fact, Unaka wasn't even able to erase the goose egg off its hit column as Scott Deans had the Ranger batters stymied all day.
   Unaka dented the scoreboard first after Aaron Dugger and Jeremy McCann reached on walks and Dugger scampered home on a fielder's choice by Ben Cole.
   Neither team could post a run again until the top of the third when Greeneville erupted like a Hawaiian volcano. The Greene Devils scored five runs on five hits, including two doubles, and a walk.
   The Greene Devils carried a 5-1 lead until the top of the fifth when the slippery demons scored five more runs in the inning. Included in the inning was a two-run homer from Day, a double and two singles to compile the offensive output.
   Trailing 10-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, Unaka managed another solo run as Dugger reached on a two-base error by the shortstop. Dugger advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Rusty Chambers RBI ground out to second.
   Each team had a quiet sixth frame, but there were rumblings coming from the Greeneville pine and one could sense another rash of runs to come from the Greene Devils in the seventh.
   This was the case as six more runs crossed the dish in the top of the frame as Greeneville continued their torrid pace with the sticks.
   Eight more hits were added to GHS total for the day with seven singles and a double being collected by the Greene Devils in route to the lopsided final.
   Deans went the distance for Greeneville with eight strikeouts and six base on balls. Daniel McInturff went five good innings for Unaka with one base on balls and three strikeouts.
   Ryan Bowers was the hard luck reliever on the afternoon as the young man was shelled for 11 hits and 11 runs while picking up a strikeout and a walk.
   Brent Huskins closed the door for Unaka as he recorded a strikeout on the day.
   Unaka and Elizabethton hookup for another donnybrook today at 4 p.m. at Warren Miller Field as the Crockett Invitational continues.