Coach: Mr. Josh Petty
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U-High's season ends on fitting note, with little offense
FROM STAFF REPORTS
University High fell to South Greene 3-1 in the losers' bracket semifinal of the District 1-A baseball tournament Monday at Indian Trail Middle School.
Trey Brown pitched a three hitter and struck out eight to lead the Rebels.
"It was the story of our year," UH head coach Josh Petty said. "We had great pitching all year, we played great defense. We just didn't score the runs. We've been a 1-2 run deficit team all year. The law of averages played out."
Brent Fields scored University High's only run off Ben Jackson's RBI single in the sixth inning. Andrew Bishop and Luke Willoughby had the other base hits for the Junior Bucs, who ended 11-17 on the year.
Logan Metcalf suffered the loss in a complete-game effort. He struck out three, while giving up just five hits and three walks.
The Rebels (12-11) scored one run in the fourth inning, a RBI single by Jon Zavaleta. South Greene added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, one off an error and the other off a RBI hit by Daniel Lowery.
Zaveleta led South Greene at the plate with a double, a single and a RBI.
The Rebels will face Unaka today in a losers' bracket final.
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May 3rd, 2014 11:05 pm by Jeff Birchfield
University High never expected to be in such a fight.
Ben Jackson hit a RBI single in the sixth inning and a pair of Cloudland throwing errors followed to allow the Junior Bucs to escape with an 11-7 victory in the District 1-A baseball tournament at Cardinal Park on Saturday evening.
It appeared the Junior Bucs (11-16) were cruising to an easy win over the winless Highlanders after scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Their first five runs came off two wild pitches, two RBI walks and a RBI ground out.
However, the Highlanders weren't ready to go away without a fight.
Cloudland scored two runs in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth to take a 7-6 lead. UH ralled with a RBI ground out by Luke Willoughby to tie the game in the fifth and then had the big sixth to truly survive and advance.
"We came into this game maybe overconfident," University High coach Josh Petty said. "We hit lazy flyballs and did everything I told them not when we talked before the game."
After the Junior Bucs lost 3-1 to North Greene earlier in the day, an upset loss would have meant the end of the season. It called for desperate measures. Petty called Jackson back on the mound for four innings after he pitched all seven innings against North Greene.
"Normally, I wouldn't throw a guy like that," Petty said. "He ended up throwing 123 pitches in both games. But I knew he was a senior, and he would be terribly upset if he still had innings left out there and we went home with a loss."
In other games: Unaka defeated South Greene 4-0, while Hampton knocked out South Greene 8-7 in a late elimination game.
Cloudland showed it meant business early when Noah Arnett and Matt Houston scored off a UH error for a 2-0 lead. Arnett added a two-run triple for the Highlanders the next inning and Cloudland closed to 6-5 on Curtis Hitchew's bases-loaded walk. A RBI triple by Jonah Woods in the fourth tied the game before the Highlanders pulled ahead on Nathan Hicks' fielders choice.
Adding to the surprise, Cloudland was without three starters and its No. 1 reliever.
"The guys that were here, they played their hearts out," Cloudland coach Kevin Kendall said. "I've been looking for senior leadership all year and today I had it from 1 (Hitchew) and 44 (Alex Heaton). Hitchew starts off catching and has a long inning. Then, he comes in and pitches his hind-end off. We had a couple of miscues from inexperienced players, but I was proud of them. I thought we had a chance to win, and for the first time the players were like, 'Who are we going to play next?' Credit UH, we didn't throw it away, they beat us, but I was so proud of my boys."
Brinkley Mull ended 2-for-4, while Arnett ended 2-for-5 with the two RBIs. Hitchew just allowed three hits in the loss.
Nick Walley led University High with two singles and a walk. Still, the Junior Bucs were able to take advantage of the Cloudland miscues.
Jackson scored three runs, while Logan Metcalf, Nick Sewell and Walley all scored twice. Luke Willoughby provided two RBIs.
North Greene 3, University High 1
Tyler Bailey struck out the first eight batters he faced and 15 batters overall to lead the Huskies (26-4) over the Junior Bucs in Saturday's opening game.
Bailey had a no-hitter going through 6 1/3 innings before it was broken up by Logan Metcalf's double. University High ended the shutout bid a batter later when Luke Willoughby's grounder went through the second baseman's legs.
Bailey (8-1) gave up just one hit and one walk to go along with his: 15 strikeouts. He also accounted for the first run a RBI on a 5-3 ground out to score Zane Britton.
"Tyler has been the man for us," North Greene head coach Tim Lady said. "We had to have his performance today because we were a little flat coming out. Even though we were the No. 1 seed, if we had lost that game, it wouldn't have been any better than being a No. 5 or No. 6 seed. That was a big performance by Tyler and we had to have it."
The Huskies tacked on two runs with two outs in the sixth off RBI singles by Brett Bolton and Zak Potter.
Ben Jackson, who gave up six hits, suffered the loss for the Junior Bucs.
North Greene will play at 7 p.m. Monday night.
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May 4th, 2014 8:30 am by Dave Boyd
Friday, May 2nd, 2014, District 1-A, Indian Trail
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Link to Video of Baseball game from April 1, 2014
April 1st, 2014 10:53 pm by Douglas Fritz
University High could have been caught in a cat-nap situation, but instead the Buccaneers took things seriously and went about their baseball business.
With the odd statistic of 30 baserunners and only eight official at-bats where outs were recorded, UH pounded Cloudland 20-0 in a Watauga Valley Conference game Tuesday at Thomas Stadium.
UH had 15 hits, received 10 walks, got hit by pitches twice, reached on a error three times, had three sacrifice flies, and added one sacrifice bunt. The Bucs improved to 3-3 in league play and 5-6 overall.
(For Twitter videos of the game, and a post-game interview with Logan Metcalf, follow Douglas Fritz on Twitter @FritzBlitzzz).
On Monday in Roan Mountain, the Bucs took the first of the two-game series with an 11-1 decision. They could have taken the winless Highlanders lightly in the rematch, but instead were patient at the plate.
"It was really hard, but we tried to come in like it was against North Greene," said Metcalf, who had a three-RBI performance. "We wanted to come in and play as hard as we could. We got an eye on the ball and started to hit."
One of the highlights of the game was Metcalf's inside-the-park home run. He slashed a line-drive-would-be double to right-center field and it got to the fence. With the generous amount of turf at Thomas Stadium, Metcalf went wheels up around the bases — much to the delight of his teammates.
It was that kind of day for the Bucs, who listened to the advice of head coach Josh Petty.
"We've been preaching that we've got to keep the ball below our hands," said Petty. "We want hard ground balls and line drives."
UH got those early and often. The Bucs plated seven first-inning runs as Nick Sewell started things with a leadoff triple. Ben Jackson drove him in, and Dayshawn Hamilton later added an RBI single.
Skylar Miller added an RBI hit, and Luke Willoughby plated two runs with a single.
In the third inning, UH struck for a five spot. Metcalf and Andrew Bishop drove in runs with sacrifice flies, and Nick Walley had a two-run single.
In a seven-run fourth inning, Jordan Sell had a two-run double while Brent Fields added an RBI double.
Hamilton finished with three hits while Miller and Metcalf had two apiece.
On the mound, Jackson (2-1) was steady for three innings and earned the win. He allowed three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
After a pair of league setbacks to North Greene, UH has won three of four conference games. The Bucs step outside of the league and play host to Johnson County on Thursday, and then meet Happy Valley in a doubleheader Friday with all of those games at Thomas Stadium.
"It will be simple baseball," said Petty. "The pitchers need to throw strikes, we need to make the routine plays, and we need timely hits."
Noah Arnett had a double to pace Cloudland.
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April 2nd, 2014 1:00 am by Dave Boyd
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