Mitchell Co. victimized by Lady Ranger shutouts

from staff reports

   BAKERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Lady Rangers of Unaka are playing excellent defensive softball. Thursday the Rangers swept a doubleheader shutout over Mitchell County High School, 5-0 and 2-0.
   Unaka scored three in the third inning of game two, while Danielle Williams and Ryann Musick continued their pitching dominance for the Rangers. Williams and Medora Carrier were the battery in game one wile Musick pitched to Meagan Heaton in the finale.
   "We're playing solid defense," said Unaka head coach Ronnie Hicks. "We aren't laying down the bunt very well lately, but that's something we'll do better. But when you pitch five consecutive shutouts, you know your defense is playing very steady ball."
   In game one Unaka scored two runs in the first and added three in the fifth to seal the deal. Jessica Moffitt went three for three at the plate and scored one run. Her sister, Kristi, went two for three with a double and also scored one run.
   Tera Bishop had one hit, an RBI double, in three at bats.
   Game two was a shutout for both teams until Unaka managed two runs in the third. Starting catcher Meagan Heaton went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored the other run. Kristi Moffitt was 1-for-1 with the game's other RBI and drew a walk.
   The Rangers will participate in the Tiny Day Tournament this weekend and will play against Daniel Boone, Union County, Greeneville and Chuckey-Doak on Friday and Saturday, with Sunday's contestants still to be determined.