Lady Rangers take South Greene by mercy rule
BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN
Sophomore Lyndie Ramsey drove in four runs and third baseman Haley Gilman delivered a two-run home run as Unaka dominated South Greene 12-2 and earned a mercy-rule win at Ronnie Hicks Field on Monday.
Gilman’s shot came in the second frame following a walk to Noelle Collins and staked the Lady Rangers to a 2-0 lead. An outfield error on a fly ball to Ramsey saw South Greene plate two runs to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth frame.
That was the only miscue of the day for the Rangers with centerfielder Kylie Blevins roaming from power alley to power alley making several running, diving catches.
“She did a great job in center today,” Lady Rangers head coach Kenneth Chambers said. “Haley’s done a good job at third base as well. We played this weekend and had some ups and downs.
“We made a lot of errors and lost some close games we maybe should have won, so it was good to come back and refocus ourselves and play a good game.”
The Rangers responded to the Lady Rebels rally with a four-run uprising with Collins drawing a one-out walk – her second of four free passes she received – and Gilman reached on an infield error.
Kelly Wilson’s ground ball to shortstop saw the fielder try to cut Collins down at the dish but she slid under the tag for a 3-2 Unaka lead.
After a pop-out by Blevins, Ramsey beat out a slow roller to second for an RBI hit that made it a 4-2 score. Trinity Bowers laced a bases-loaded single to right for two RBIs and a 6-2 Ranger lead.
“Having lost last year, as everybody did, our sophomores are freshmen and we don’t have a lot of experience,” Chambers said. “I think as we go on in the year we will get better and better. I thought Sadie (Shoun) did a good job on the mound and Wilson came in and did a great job.”
Shoun pitched four innings striking out four and walking two before giving way to Wilson who finished strong. Unaka pushed five runs across in the fifth with Blevins delivering an RBI hit and both Ramsey and Shoun having two RBI hits as the Rangers made it an 11-2 contest.
Unaka finished off South Greene in the sixth with Ramsey working Anna Willett – the third pitcher of the game for the Rebels – for a game-ending, bases-loaded walk.
South Greene 000 200 – 2 6 2
Unaka 020 451 – 12 7 1
W – Shoun. L – Miller.
HR – Gilman. 2B – Rader 2, Shoun.
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