Unaka sweeps North Greene

from staff reports


   The Unaka Ranger baseball team came one step closer to earning a conference crown.
   Finishing up an eight-inning thriller from earlier in the season, the Rangers stifled North Greene in nine innings by an 8-6 margin, while in the full second game, pile drove the Huskies with a 4-0 shutout.
   "I'm glad we won," said Unaka frontman Mike Ensor. "We jumped on them well in the first game, hit it hard in the second game, and did what we had to do to get the wins. Now we have a big chance tomorrow to win or lose the conference title against University High."
   In the finish-up first game, which only went one inning, the Rangers hopped on the ball early. Aaron Dugger lead off with a walk, stole second, and scored on a big double from Rusty Chambers.
   Chad Lewis reached on an error, leading the way for a Ryan Bowers RBI single for Chambers and a RBI single for David Perry, who brought in Lewis, giving Unaka the 8-5 lead.
   North Greene came back strong, but a run from Justin Evans wouldn't be enough as the Rangers topped the first contest 8-6.
   Dugger was the man in the second game, powering in both of Unaka's hits.
   Dugger drove in Perry in the third inning for the first score of the game, and sent in Lewis for the last run in the sixth inning.
   Unaka scored two runs in the fifth inning on walks, but it was the amazing defense that held up Tuesday afternoon.
   Ben Cole pitched an impressive game, with the backing of some good defensive grabs to give Unaka the 4-0 win.
   The Rangers enter a big game with University High this afternoon at 4, which could make or shake the Watauga Valley Conference standings. The game will be at Happy Valley.