Lady Rangers score three in eighth to down Cloudland

Published 1:49 am Wednesday, April 13, 2022

FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Cloudland Lady Highlanders and Unaka Lady Rangers hooked up for a key Watauga Valley Conference softball showdown on Tuesday in Roan Mountain.
It would take an extra inning to see who would come away with a big win as Unaka took advantage of three runs in the top of the eighth inning and held off a Cloudland rally in the bottom to take a hard-fought 7-5 victory.
The Lady Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning before Cloudland rallied for two in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a one-run lead at 4-3.
Alana Parsons evened things in the top of the sixth inning when she blasted a solo home run to even things at 4-4.
Regulation ended with the same score before Unaka scored three in the top of the eighth.
Lyndie Ramsey led off the inning with a single and advanced to third base on an error by Cloudland. Sadie Shoun singled bringing home Ramsey to make it 5-4 Unaka.
Parsons was intentionally walked and Kendall Bare followed with a single plating Shoun and putting Parsons on third base with Bare taking second on the throw making it a 6-4 game.
A ground out by Trinity Bowers back to Cloudland’s Karah Fields in the pitching circle allowed Parsons to race home for the seventh run of the game for Unaka.
The Lady Highlanders got out of the inning without any further damage trailing 7-4.
Cloudland needed a rally but had to do so with two quick outs.
Kendall Birchfield gave the Lady ‘Landers a touch of hope when she launched a solo home run making the score 7-5. However, Shoun managed to end the game by striking out Ella Benfield.
Shoun took the win from the circle pitching the full eight-inning contest allowing six hits and five runs while fanning 12 Cloudland batters. Fields also tossed a complete game allowing seven runs, seven hits and striking out three.
Ramsey and Shoun led the Lady Rangers at the plate with two hits apiece in the game. Parsons, Bare, and Jill Faust added one hit each.
Birchfield and Bethany Sluder each collected a pair of hits to pace Cloudland. Taylor Hicks and Saharra McKinney picked up the other base hits with one each. The Lady ‘Landers also committed five errors in the contest.

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