Rangers rally to vanquish Patriots, 8-7

from staff reports

   Unaka battled back from a 6-0 deficit to knock off the Sullivan East Patriots 8-7 at Claude Holsclaw Field on Tuesday afternoon.
   East jumped on top 6-0 after three but the Rangers responded with four of their own the bottom half of the third inning.
   Ryan Bowers singled, as did Brent Huskins, then a walk to Cody Collins loaded the base for Chad Lewis, who jacked a fast ball over the center field fence for a grand slam, cutting the margin to 6-4.
   Randy Swearingen came on in relief with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth. The big lefty got a pop-up to second and two strikeouts to end the scoring threat, which allowed Unaka to take a one-run lead in the fifth.
   Lewis reached on an error and Rusty Chambers walked to start the inning. A single by Swearingen scored Lewis before another base hit by Tee Blevins allowed Chambers and Swearingen to come home, giving Unaka a one-run lead.
   After East tied the score in the sixth, Unaka won the game with two outs in the seventh. Bowers reached on an error and advanced to second on a Huskins single.
   Collins followed with a walk to set the stage for Lewis, who dropped a single to center that allowed the winning run to score.
   Swearingen got the win in relief for the Rangers. Lewis, Huskins, Bowers and Swearingen had two hits each for Unaka while Chambers, Blevins and McInturff added hits as well.
   Lewis had a remarkable day with five RBIs.
   With the win Unaka runs its record to 20-11 on the season. The Rangers will play at Sullivan South today, with game time being 6 p.m.