From maroon and white to blue and gold… Corie Schuettler shares her skills with younger players

Published 3:39 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2022

BY C.Y. PETERS
Former Unaka pitcher Corie Schuettler, who led the Unaka Rangers to
two state tournaments, is now on the other side of the baseline.  While
attending ETSU, Corie is doing her student teaching at Cloudland and has
been named the girl’s middle school softball coach.
Schuettler once threw 20 innings in two days, now works every
afternoon with a good Cloudland team.
She pitched a one-hitter in the sub-state game fanning all three batters
in the final inning for a 2-1 win in and her second trip to the big show.
She was a unanimous choice as the pitcher of the year. She racked up 29 wins
on the mound with an ERA of 1.45 with 293 strikeouts.  She was a big part of
Coach Kenneth Chambers being selected Coach of the year.
In the regional title game, she pitched 11 innings without giving up a run and
struck out 13 batters.
The Rangers won the Class A State Softball Tournament game as Unaka topped
Gibson County, 3-0.  Her teammates Kaitlyn Weaver, Sarah Tipton, Erika Potter,
and Sydney Markland were all selected for awards.
Coach Chambers said, “Corie was a very good pitcher and a hard worker.  I enjoyed
coaching her. She always hit her spots when pitching.  Her senior year she pitched
every game.  She work hard in the off-season and that made her a great pitcher.”
Corie is now living her dream as she always wanted to be a teacher while coaching her
favorite sport is an extra.
“I really like it,” she said. “It’s a lot like Unaka where we were a close-knit community.
Everyone here supports everything about it.”
Corie takes over a good program that last season was undefeated and won the
conference for the first time.
Returning MVP Reagan Turbyfill, who was a sixth-grader last year, works every night
with her dad in training.  “We have lost some this year, Reagan said but were playing
bigger teams.  We are scoring on them and playing the bigger teams will make us
better.”
“Jarfly Dugger really helped me in showing me some pitching skills, things I can pass
down to my players” said Schuettler.
Corie gave great praise to her catcher of four years Kaitlyn Weaver. Corie and Kaitlyn
not only led the Rangers to two state tournaments but also played in the Tennessee
All-Star game.
The Cloudland team consists of the sixth, seventh, and eighth-graders. They had over
30 players who tried out and they kept 21 on the team.
This past weekend they played in a tournament and faced teams like Ross Robinson
and Colonial Heights losing their final game 6-5.
Corie still lives in Peters Hollow on Stoney Creek and makes the long drive daily.  She
played softball at Walters State before going to ETSU.
Jarfly Dugger who works with pitchers all over the county said, “Schuettler was one of the
best I ever worked with.
“Everything you asked her to do she would do. You always want a girl like that to work with.
Corrie and Kaitlyn worked great together.  She had no give-up in her, if she was asked to pitch
several games she did it.”

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