Rangers tumble 'Blazers

By Tim Chambers

   GRAY--Sometimes a team needs a little motivator to kick things in gear. After a lackluster round of infield, the Rangers got an old fashioned fanny chewing from head coach Mike "Acie" Ensor, which seemed to fire up the Stoney Creek squad.
   Banging out 10 hits while accounting for 12 runs, Unaka knocked off Big 7 foe Daniel Boone 12-6 at the Trailblazers' field.
   "I didn't like the effort we had in warm-ups and I sure didn't like the one we gave yesterday at Mountain City," Ensor said. "Our kids can be a good baseball team if they come ready to play."
   Unaka jumped on top 1-0 in the first when Cody Collins and Tee Blevins drilled back to back singles to start the inning.
   After a walk to Chad Lewis, Rusty Chambers plated Collins with a hard groundout. Josh Hite was able to pitch out of trouble by getting a strikeout and goundout to end the inning.
   Boone used the first two innings to score four runs, thanks to some clutch hitting by Michael Dillow, who had three RBIs.
   Unaka battled back in the third as Collins and Blevins again singled to start the inning that would spell trouble for Boone. Chambers drilled a triple off the 370 sign in straightaway center for a triple and two RBIs, and would later score on a goundout by Brent Huskins to tie the game at 4-4.
   Unaka rallied for three runs in the fourth when Ryan Bowers singled followed by walks to Tyler McCann, Collins and Blevins. Chad Lewis drilled a hard single to plate two runs while the third would cross the plate by way of an error.
   Unaka struck again in the fifth as Daniel McInturff walked and advanced to third on a Bowers sacrifice that was misplayed. After a walk to McCann, Collins smashed his third hit of the day for two RBIs.
   "We came out ready to play after coach got on us before the game," said Collins. "We were able to get the big hits all day long and Tee pitched a good game.
   "It felt good to beat a program like Boone."
   With two outs and runners at second and third, Boone elected to walk Chambers intentionally, and Huskins made them pay. After a wild pitch that scored McCann, the junior catcher crushed a double to the right centerfield wall that scored two more, giving Unaka a six-run lead.
   Blevins was fabulous over the last three innings giving up only two hits while holding the Trailblazers scoreless. Blevins was aided by a superb double play from the middle infield combination of Lewis and Chambers to Pasquale.
   Collins had three hits and two RBIs, Blevins had two hits as did Bowers. Chambers and Huskins each collected three RBIs on the day while Lewis accounted for two.
   "We played simple ABC baseball today," added Bowers. "We got good pitching, played defense and hit the ball with runners on."
   "It was a good win for our program to beat a good Boone team," said Ensor. "I expect this team to come ready to play every day and we shouldn't have to motivate them before the game."
   "We are showing signs of becoming a good team if we stay focused. I liked the effort we gave today."
   Unaka will play host to the Big Creek, West Virginia Owls today at Claude Holsclaw Field. Gametime is slated for 4 p.m.