Rangers grab revenge win with shutout over Rebels

Published 8:51 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Star Photo/Collin Brooks Abram Hill

Star Photo/Collin Brooks
Abram Hill

STONEY CREEK — The Unaka Rangers bounced back in a big way, grabbing a 9-0 win over South Greene on Tuesday night, getting a bit of revenge on a 3-2 eight-inning defeat they suffered in Greeneville on Mondaynight.

The Rangers recorded their second shutout of the season before the arm of senior pitcher Abram Hill, who tossed a complete game, striking out eight batters and giving up two hits.

He played in the outfield during the Rangers loss yesterday and knew that he needed to step it up on the mound today for his team.

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“My fastball was just working tonight,” Hill said. “I knew that we had to get a win tonight because it was a conference game.”

Unaka Coach Tee Blevins was proud of his senior after the game and pointed out his execution on the mound as a key for the Rangers win.

“Abram threw a great game,” he said. “He is a senior pitcher, and he gave us a chance to win by hitting his spots, and our defense played well.”

The Rangers got off to a fast start when Austin Wilson reached on a single to open the contest. Abram Hill was hit by a pitch to move Wilson to second, before Blake King hit a single to right field to load the bases.

John Ramsey plated the first run of the game with a single, before John Hardin drove in another with an error. During the next at bat, Bryson Street hit into a 4-6-3 double play, but he was still able to score King to make the score 3-0.

Unaka added to their lead in the second inning when an error by the right fielder allowed Issac Hill to reach third base. He was brought home by the lead-off hitter Wilson, who was thrown out at first but recorded the RBI. That made the score 4-0.

“That was big for us because we haven’t scored a lot of runs,” Blevins said. “But we put the ball in play and made things happen. They are starting to see the ball a little better.”

Blake King brought home another run to open the bottom of the fifth inning when he knocked a deep single to center field to score Abram Hill. That ended the day for South Greene’s Javier Muruz who tossed four innings, giving up eight hits and striking out five.

Ayden Shaw came in and finished up the night for the Rebels on the mound. He gave up a single to Justin Houghton to score the sixth run of the contest, before recording a fielding error and allowing John Hardin to score. Hardin finished the day 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI. A sacrifice fly by Issac Hill made the score 9-0 in the fifth inning with two outs.

The only two hits for the Rebels came in the first and seventh inning as Brandon McGhee and Weston Collins picked up singles.

The Rangers will return to the field on Friday when they host Happy Valley. The JV will play at 4:30 p.m., while the varsity will take the field at 7 p.m.

South Greene 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 3

Unaka 3 1 0 0 5 0 – — 9 12 2

Win — Abram Hill Loss — Javier Muruz