Jr. Rangers dispose of Jr. Vikings

from staff reports

   The Unaka Junior Rangers played with a flourish on Thursday, resulting in a 10-4, 3-0 sweep of Vance in a middle school baseball doubleheader.
   In game 1, Ranger hurler Andrew Church had trouble controlling his pitches in the soggy conditions, and the Junior Vikings plated four runs in the first inning.
   Michael Carpenter came on in relief and closed the door on Vance's offense for the afternoon.
   Jeff Wilson got the Rangers on the board with a solo blast over the left-field fence. He added a second homer with a grand slam --clearing the right-field fence -- in the third.
   Wilson's five RBIs were more than enough as Carpenter won his second contest of the week.
   Jake Oliver, Church and Adam Colbaugh also collected his in the Unaka onslaught.
   In Game 2, southpaw Shane Heaton pitched three innings, allowing only one hit while striking out four.
   The Rangers plated three runs in the first.
   After a single to Nick Papantoniou, the Vikings decided to pitch around Wilson. This proved to be a mistake as Church, Unaka's cleanup man, drove in Papantoniou and Wilson.
   Heaton was coasting, headed towards the fourth as rain ended the evening for both squads.
   The Rangers upped their record to 10-9 and travel to Cloudland Monday.
   "This group of kids has been pleasure to be around," coach Matt Wilson said of his Rangers. "They believe in each other, they want to see each other succeed, they've got a real team-concept going, and it's a privilege to coach them.
   "Their attitudes make my job pretty easy. I'm proud they're wearing the maroon of Unaka."