Fair throws one-hitter as Hampton Lady Bulldogs advance in tournament

Published 11:36 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2022

JOHNSON CITY – On Monday, University High Beat Hampton at Hampton
16-6 thanks to 21 errors.
In the opening round of the District 1 1-A tournament, Coach Chelsey Weddle
went to Johnson City with a vengeance.  After a hard practice on Tuesday, the Lady
Bulldogs took the field looking to continue their season and did so with a 17-4 win.
To start the game,  U-H Coach Tony Stephens stated his eighth-grader
Reece Williams and she collected two quick outs. Madison Setlock would then
single, Abbie Lunsford was hit by a pitch and then Macy Henry was
walked.
Rachel Fair would take one for the team also being hit by a pitch to score Setlock.
All three of those girls would score in the first when Cheyenne Fair reached base on
an error.
Hampton led at the end of one 4-0.
Fair was on the mound for the Lady ‘Dogs throwing a great first inning only walking
one batter.
She also took care of business in the second and third innings facing six batters and
allowing no base runners.
Lacey Smith turned a strikeout into a run when the catcher dropped the ball and
she made it to the first base safely and would score when Setlock doubled.
The third saw Hampton’s first five batters of the inning reach base and score to build
the lead to ten.  Hampton had a chance to end the game in the fourth going up 13-0
and with a runner on third.
University pitcher Williams went to work striking out one as the defense backed her
up making two great infield plays to end the inning at 13-0.
Hampton would add four more runs in the fifth on three errors and no hits to end
their scoring at 17.
It looked like the game was over when Fair got two of the first four batters out, but
she gave up a hit and walked a few, then Coach Weddle knew her day was finished.
Briley Davis came in to finish the game.  The Jr. Bucs would score four but it was way
too short and the Lady Bulldogs advanced to play Unaka on Monday in the District
tournament.
“They hit the ball really really well, and we only had five errors, 16 short from Monday.
I think we can play in the tournament if we hit the ball this well” said Coach Weddle.
Fair pitched five and 2/3 innings giving up only one hit and walking four, three of them in
the final inning. Hampton scored 17 runs on seven hits.
“I’m Looking forward to the next two years,” said U.H. Coach Stephens. “I started two
eighth-graders, four freshmen, and played five sophomores with only one senior on
the team.”

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