Jr. Rangers win front end of doubleheader

from staff reports

  
Keeping opposing bats to a mere whisper, Michael Carpenter pitched a complete game to lead Unaka's Junior Rangers to an 8-1 victory over Johnson County in the first game of a middle school baseball doubleheader on Monday afternoon.
   The Rangers played sound defense behind their dependable hurler, and scored two in their half of the first after Carpenter walked and stole his way to third.
   A walk and steal to Nick Papantoniou put runners in scoring position, then Jeff Wilson crushed a double to dead center, giving Carpenter all he would need.
   Carpenter and Wilson each went 2 for 3.
   Johnson County came back to take Game 2 by a 7-5 score.
   Ranger miscues on defense put Unaka's starter, Hunter Taylor, in trouble early and often but he managed to keep the Rangers in the game.
   The game was tied 5-5 as it went into two extra frames.
   Terry Campbell came in in relief of Taylor, and the Junior Longhorns eventually got the runs they needed to salvage a split.
   The tough-luck rangers have lost three extra-inning games in the last two weeks.
   Unaka stands at 7-8 on the season.