Lady Junior Rangers top Hampton

from staff reports

   Wet and messy weather couldn't slow down the Lady Junior Rangers on Tuesday, as Unaka knocked off Hampton by a 10-0 score in a middle school softball game.
   A doubleheader was scheduled, but the second game was postponed.
   Danielle Buck got the first out for the day for Unaka, making an excellent snag and hurling it to first baseman Jacyln Campbell. However, Mikki Oliver made a superb bunt for the Lady Junior Bulldogs, advancing the first-base runner.
   Although it looked as if Hampton was sure to score, Sallee Taylor found her pitching groove for the Lady Rangers and struck out the next batter, leaving two on base for Hampton.
   Logan Wagenseller and Taylor got the offense started for the Lady Rangers, hitting singles over second base. Emily Asher laid down a bunt towards third base, scoring both Wagenseller and Taylor while moving herself to second.
   The second inning proved to be nothing but defense for the Lady Rangers as Taylor struck three of the four batters she faced.
   Taylor also proved to be deadly with the bat during the game, sailing two more hits into center field.
   Campbell, Hannah Colbaugh and Asher added some big hits for Unaka. The Lady Bulldogs only connected on two hits for the day
   "I am very pleased with the hard work, and especially the teamwork that our team has demonstrated so far in the season," said Unaka coach Tammy Taylor. "We seem to really be backing each other up, and digging ourselves out of some situations at times. Sallee has really worked hard on her pitching and it has really paid off for our team.
   "Hannah Colbaugh is only in the sixth grade, but she is probably the best catcher that I have ever seen at this age. Sallee and Hannah make a great pair. Emily Asher, Brittney Westberry, Tessa Lunceford, and Jacyln Campbell have really proven to
   be a great asset to our team offensively and defensively. The entire team contributes."
   Unaka upped its record to 12-2.
   "We still have some little things to work on to get better, but I am very proud of them," Taylor said.