Lady Rangers shut out University High, remain undefeated in WVC

Published 10:56 pm Tuesday, April 4, 2017

For six straight innings Tuesday, the University High Jr. Lady Buccaneers did not make it to base one time during their conference contest with Unaka at Indian Trails.
Playing a big role in UH’s trouble at the plate and Unaka’s 7-0 win was Lady Rangers’ starting pitcher Corie Schuettler, who pitched a no-hitter as she worked for seven innings for Unaka. Schuettler’s big day at the mound ended with her striking out eight batters. She would finish with just one walk which came in the bottom of the seventh after denying UH a single trip to first for six frames. Schuettler’s pitching was backed up by the consistent defense of the Lady Rangers’ fielders.
“I just knew my defense would have my back, and I had been working all weekend for this,” said Schuettler. “I learned this weekend that I needed to get ahead in the counts. I just learned to throw hard and throw strikes, and you will be fine.”
The Lady Rangers are now 4-0 in the Watauga Valley Conference.
Unaka didn’t waste any time Tuesday as they quickly posted four runs in the top of the first frame. Lady Rangers Madison Ensor, Beth Lowe, who courtesy ran for Katlyn Weaver, Sarah Hardin, and Erica Potter all scored in the frame. The highlight of the inning came when Unaka’s Taylor Shank hit a 2-RBI single to help give her team a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first.
Neither team scored in the second and third innings.
Unaka got on the board again in the fourth, when Shanks came home on an error in right field giving the Lady Rangers a 5-0 lead.
In the fifth, Weaver nailed a RBI single to bring in Madison Ensor for the 6-0 edge, before Haley Fair netted Potter with a RBI single to move things to 7-0.
Unaka had four hits on the day with Shanks, Potter, and Fair all getting singles and Weaver picking up a double.
“I thought we did a real good job,” said Unaka head coach Kenneth Chambers. “Their pitcher kept us off balance a little bit. I thought Corie did great, and I thought our infield did a good a job of backing up if they did get a hit.”
The Lady Rangers will travel to Cloudland this Thursday for another WVC contest.

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