Big Creek shuts out UHS, 2-0

By Tim Chambers
STAR STAFF
tchambers@starhq.com

   Big Creek traveled from West Virginia looking to knock off the Unaka Rangers, and Owls were successful. To sum it up in one sentence, the Owls scored two unearned runs and the Rangers didn't hit worth a hoot. The result was a 2-0 loss for Unaka.
   The Rangers threatened in the first when Daniel McInturff walked and advanced to second on a stolen base. Chad Lewis sent a double off the left-field wall but McInturff was gunned down at the plate.
   Walks to Rusty Chambers and Brent Huskins loaded the bases, but Owls pitcher Eric Boyd was able to get a groundout to end the inning.
   Unaka had another opportunity in the third as Lewis doubled with two out and Chambers drew his second free pass. A fly ball allowed Boyd to escape to keep his shutout in tack.
   Big Creek got one run each in the fourth and sixth innings as Jonathan Worley was able to gather two singles, and each time would take third when the ball was allowed to role to the fence. Worley scored the only two runs of the game.
   Meanwhile, Boyd had the Rangers off balanced the entire contest with the exception of Lewis, who had a monster day with three doubles in three times at bat.
   Chambers was able to reach base two times, as did McInturff, but the Ranger bats were silent with men on base.
   Unaka left a total of 10 men on base and had two runners picked off first.
   Ryan Bowers pitched an exceptional game for Unaka, allowing only five hits on the day in seven innings of work. Bowers struck out seven batters and walked only one batter.
   "What can you say?" said a dejected head coach Mike "Acie" Ensor. "What is so disappointing is this team played with no emotion at all today."
   "We go from scoring 12 runs the night before against a very good Daniel Boone team and today we don't hit at all. When you don't get but three hits in a game, you're not going to beat anyone."
   The Owls ran their record to 3-2 on the season. They returned six starters on a team that went 18-3 last season.
   Unaka will travel to Sullivan East tonight to do battle with the Patriots at 6.