Lady Jr. Rangers seize wins

from staff reports

   Even with the damp weather, and sometimes pouring rain, the Unaka Lady Jr. Rangers were not to be denied on Monday night at Unaka.
   Prevailing by scores of 8-6 and 18-10, the Lady Rangers captured two victories against Johnson County.
   The first game saw several lead changes. The Lady Longhorns got started at bat with Jill South pounding the ball down the middle.
   For the Lady Rangers, Sallee Taylor struggled at pitching in the first inning, walking three straight batters. Then, Taylor found her groove and began hurling down the pipe, striking out the next three batters that she faced.
   Watson also struggled on the mound for the Lady Longhorns, walking the first three Lady Rangers that she faced. From there, Jaclyn Campbell found the perfect pitch and sailed the ball to center field, collecting two RBIs in the process.
   The Lady Longhorns also got going on offense, scoring four runs in the second inning to tie the game 5-5. The next three innings were a defensive game.
   The Lady Rangers held the Longhorns to only one run in the next three innings, while scoring three in the 8-6 win.
   The second game seemed to be in favor for the Lady Longhorns.
   South once again got the Lady Longhorns going offensively. April McCloud followed with a hard hit down the middle for a double, scoring South.
   However, during the fourth inning with two outs and Unaka tagging behind, lightning struck the Lady Rangers.
   Campbell hit a hard double to center field that seemed to fire up the Lady Rangers and their bats. Hannah Colbaugh stepped to the plate, hitting a hard single down right field that scored Campbell.
   Rikki Oliver then hit another sizzler over second base that moved Colbaugh into scoring position. From there, the Lady Longhorns got frazzled and made several errors in the next few minutes, allowing the Rangers to score a whopping nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
   The Lady Longhorns couldn't seem to get back in the groove. They were held to only three more runs for the game.
   Kayla Winters, Tessa Lunceford, Sallee Taylor and Danielle Buck also were big hitters for the Lady Rangers. South, McCloud, and Watson were the hitters for the Lady Longhorns.
   Unaka's Lady Rangers are now 10-2 for the season.