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Lady Rangers ride 19 hits to win over Cloudland

FROM STAFF REPORTS
STONEY CREEK – In a key Watauga Valley Conference showdown, the Unaka Lady Rangers brought the big lumber out of the locker room at Ronnie Hicks Field where they were hosting the Cloudland Lady Highlanders.

The result was a 14-7 victory for Unaka which put the ladies from Stoney Creek in the conference’s early driver’s seat.

Unaka scored three runs in the first, five in the second, and two in the third to grab the early upper hand as Cloudland only managed one run over the same frames as the Lady Rangers lead 10-1 at the end of the third.

However, Cloudland can never be counted out as the Lady Highlanders strung together a strong top of the fourth where six Lady ‘Landers crossed the plate to change the landscape of the game as Unaka held tightly to the 10-7 advantage heading into the bottom of the frame.

Although held scoreless in their half, the Lady Rangers shut the visitors down over the next three Cloudland at-bats while adding four more runs of their own to double up the Lady ‘Landers as the contest came to a close.

Sadie Shoun, Alana Parsons, and Noelle Collins collected four hits apiece in the contest. Kendall Bare added a three-hit day as well for head coach Kenneth Chambers squad.

Trinity Bowers (2), Kailey Wilson (1), and Lyndie Ramsey (1) also added to the hit parade for Unaka. Parsons cleared the fence for a home run while Shoun had two doubles and Bowers also doubled.

Shoun went the distance from the pitching circle allowing the seven runs on eight hits and striking out nine Cloudland batters. She issued three bases on balls.

For the Lady Highlanders, Marlee Hughes had a 3-for-4 day at the plate as Cloudland recorded eight hits in the contest. Karah Fields, Jasmine Birchfield, Taylor Hicks, Kaylen Fields, and Krisi Bare recorded one hit each for the Lady ‘Landers.

Karah Fields and Kaylen Fields along with Hughes each blasted a double in the contest.

Cloudland’s pitcher of record was Karah Fields who tossed six innings of softball allowing 19 hits, 14 runs, two walks, and no strikeouts.