Unaka wins three of four in Tiny Day

from staff reports

   GREENEVILLE -- Unaka head softball coach Ronnie Hicks sees, "A lot of potential with this club, but we have to cut down on the defensive and base running errors."
   The Rangers have won three of four games in the annual Tiny Day Classic, beating against Chuckey-Doak (13-1), Daniel Boone (10-8) and Union County (10-5).
   The only loss was of the one-run variety (7-6), to perennial power Greeneville.
   Ryann Musick pitched through a nightmarish error-proned game (four errors by the Rangers) against Daniel Boone, a game in which the Trailblazers at one point, held an 8-1 lead. But the Rangers bats sprang to life and the game ultimately ended with Unaka on the winning side, 10-8, of an amazing comeback victory.
   The game went into extra innings, and with international rules in play, the Rangers placed a runner on second base. After a single and error and three fielder's choice defensive plays, the Rangers had plated two runs, and held on to win the game 10-8 in spite of leaving the bases loaded in the extra inning.
   The Rangers continued their winning ways against Union County High School, winning by a large margin. Danielle Williams took the win for Unaka as the Rangers overcame nine errors in the game.
   "We're gaining confidence in our bats," said Hicks. "We have to keep hitting the ball and improve defensively, and I think then we can be a pretty capable ball club."
   The fourth-place Rangers play fifth-seeded Cocke County at 1 p.m. today, and will, if they win, go against one of the top three teams remaining in the tournament: Science Hill, Jefferson County or Knox Bearden.