Lady Jr. Rangers best GC

from staff reports

   Unaka's Lady Jr. Rangers continued their winning tradition on Thursday, capturing a pair of 4-1 wins against Gate City (Va.) Middle School.
   Unaka's Sallee Taylor pitched an outstanding game. Taylor and some very strong defense from her teammates proved to be the recipe for an outstanding performance from the tough team from Unaka.
   The Devils of Gate City only scored one run, in the top of the fourth inning. The Lady Rangers also proved to be strong offensively.
   Logan Wagenseller started the game off with a base hit. She would steal second, then be knocked in with a line drive by Sallee Taylor.
   Hannah Colbaugh also pounded the ball to the outfield that would put her on second base, waiting for Shauna Shahmoradi to knock her in with a strong hit to left field.
   The second game of the evening proved to be a battle for the victory. Unaka's young pitcher, Kayla Winters, took the mound to start the game.
   Winters struggled to find her groove at the beginning of the inning, then began hurling the ball. Winters also started the offense for Unaka, hitting a hard line drive down the middle.
   Tessa Lunceford would then hit the ball over the shortstop's head, scoring Winters. Taylor would once again take the mound for Unaka in the middle of the second inning, striking out the first three batters she faced.
   Emily Asher proved to be the golden glove for the Lady Rangers, making a spectacular catch in center field, saving the three runs that could have scored for Gate City.
   "Emily is a natural outfielder," said Unaka head coach Tammy Taylor. "She has got the speed and the ability to judge the ball. I'm sure that we will be hearing her name for years to come."
   Not only did Asher prove to be an asset defensively, she also proved to be a threat on offense. Asher busted a double to center field, scoring Winters and Taylor.
   The Lady Rangers would outlast the Devils from Gate City, 9-5.
   Unaka is now 16-3, losing only one conference game to Happy Valley.