Coach: Mr. Keith Jeffers
Assistants: Mr. Joe Degroat, Ms. Sharon Cradic
Softball: There will be a Softball Meeting on Thursday, May 28th, right after school, in the gym. Any player who is thinking about playing next year, please plan on being at the meeting. This includes anyone who will be in the 8th grade and up next year
Softball to Keep on Swinging: Our Lady Bucs Softball team will press forward in Sectional Play on Friday, May 15th. View Press Release
May 11th, 2015 9:43 pm by Gene Renfro, Press Correspondent
University High withstood Washburn and a 68-minute weather delay to pick up an 11-0 win with a combined perfect game by Lexi Crouthers and Mollee Cohee in the Region 1A softball semifinals on Monday at East Tennessee State's Betty Basler Field.
Crouthers threw the first four innings and struck out nine of the 12 Washburn batters she faced. Cohee worked a perfect fifth.
The Lady Bucs advanced to today's championship and reserved a spot in the sectional against North Greene, which defeated Cosby 19-7 earlier in the day. The scheduled first pitch is for 3:30 p.m. and will be played at Betty Basler Field. University High and North Greene will meet for the fifth time this season.
A season ago the same two teams battled for the Region 1-A title with the Junior Lady Bucs winning 4-1 en route to Murfreesboro. University High will also be looking for a fourth straight regional crown.
"It was important because it was win or go home," said University High head coach Keith Jeffers. "It was a great win, it's the next step. I've told them that it is basically three seasons, the regular season, the district and the regionals and we're one step closer."
The offense did their job for the Junior Lady Bucs.
Ari Ramsaran had a two-run single in the first inning to start her busy day. She followed that up with a RBI single in the second and a RBI on a fielder's choice in the third. Ramsaran finished the day with her three-run home run in the fifth to make it an 11-0 score.
"She was giving me good pitches to hit and it felt good on the home run," Ramsaran said. "It's good to be getting the hitting going into the regional finals."
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University High captures 1-A softball crown
FROM STAFF REPORTS
GREENEVILLE — Tournament MVP Mollee Cohee was 4-for-5 with a double with six RBIs to lead University High to a 16-7 victory over North Greene for the District 1-A softball championship on Tuesday night.
It was the fourth straight District 1-A championship for the Lady Bucs.
Other offensive leaders included Madi Freeman who scored four runs on two hits and a walk
Ari Ramsaran had two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Miranda Honeycutt hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning.
Olivia Miller also scored three runs for the Bucs, which got a completegame effort from Lexi Crouthers.
Abby Weems was 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the Lady Huskies.
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By NN Assistant on April 29, 2015 Local Sports
By Jeff Keeling
In a clash of conference front-runners Monday, a young University High softball team proved its mettle when its lone senior, Mollee Cohee, stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, two outs, and the score knotted at 6 against North Greene.
Fittingly for senior night, Cohee proved the difference-maker at Betty Basler Field, drawing a walk to bring Abbie Jones home from third in what coach Keith Jeffers described as, "a crazy game."
In addition to drawing the crucial walk, Cohee had two hits in a balanced offensive attack. Leadoff hitter Madi Freeman reached base three times and scored each time. Molly Dison had a crucial two-run hit early in the game, and Lexi Crouthers went the distance on the mound, overcoming some defensive lapses.
It put a team depleted by the loss of seniors and transfers after last season's state tournament run in a strong position as the district and regional playoffs approached. The Lady Bucs improved to 8-1 in the Watauga Valley Conference and dropped North Greene to 8-2. The team followed the tense victory with a 17-0 thumping of Cloudland in Roan Mountain Tuesday night to claim the conference crown outright.
"They came together when it counted," Jeffers said of his young team, which includes two starters who hadn't even played competitive softball prior to this season. The next step, he said, is to take care of business in the district tournament at South Greene beginning Saturday.
District Two shouldn't pose a major problem if the girls play well, Jeffers said, giving the Lady Bucs a decent shot at reaching sectionals and a chance to repeat last year's trip to Murfreesboro. In sectionals, should they get there, Jeffers expects a matchup with Oliver Springs, Grace Christian of Knoxville or last year's opponent, Meigs County.
"Hopefully we can win district to get a one seed, and keep winning through the regionals to have a shot at hosting a sectional game," Jeffers said.
Offense shouldn't be the stumbling block in a lineup anchored by Cohee and sophomore Ari Ramsaran, he said. "Our problems have been consistency on defense. We've been hitting well the last couple weeks, and if we play a better game than we played tonight defensively, we've hung with pretty much everybody we've played."
The Lady Bucs, who loaded their non-conference schedule with teams from much larger schools, were 14-18 overall heading into the Cloudland game.
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Catcher Molly Dison celebrates with Mollee Cohee after Cohee's walk advanced the winning run.
UH pitcher Lexi Crouthers delivers in the first.
Miranda Honeycutt gathers in a shot to left field.
Madi Freeman, who scored three runs, makes the throw from center.
Catcher Molly Dison attempts to advance a runner with a bunt.
Second baseman Abbie Jones reaches third safely.
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April 27th, 2015 11:04 pm by Jeff Birchfield
Photo by Jeff Birchfield
Mollee Cohee didn't get too caught up in the moment.
At University High's Senior Day, the team's lone senior was up to bat with two outs, the bases loaded and the game tied in the final inning. In this moment which every softball player dreams of, she wanted to send one over the fence for a grand slam.
Instead, she ended up being the hero by never swinging the bat.
Cohee took a bases-loaded walk which scored Abbie Jones as the Lady Bucs rallied for a 7-6 win over North Greene on Monday evening at Betty Basler Field.
"I was thinking we needed to get that run in," Cohee said. "I knew a walk would get the run in, getting hit by a pitch would get it in. I'm usually pretty patient at the plate and taking those pitches wasn't a big deal to me. But with that situation, it was tough. I definitely wanted to get the winning hit, even a grand slam, but any way we will take it. It's super sweet either way."
University High moved into first-place in the Watauga Valley Conference at 8-1 and earned at least a share of a fourth straight league title. The Bucs (14-18) can clinch the title outright today with a win at Cloudland.
"It was a big win for us this year," University High coach Keith Jeffers said. "We lost five starters last year and for these girls to come together like they did, it's big. It says a lot about them. We've struggled at times this year, especially in some tournaments, but overall it says a lot for these girls competing."
For North Greene, the loss added to their frustration of always being one of the league's top teams, but having that someone standing in its way. For most of the past two decades, Unaka provided that obstacle. Recently, it has been UH.
Still, Lady Huskies head coach Renee Light said there was no one to blame, but themselves after a costly error kept the inning alive. North Greene fell to 8-2 and 15-9.
"UH is a good team and you have to play all seven innings," Light said. "We had too many errors. We beat ourselves."
Still, the Huskies nearly had the league title in hand after Julia Penley's two-run single in the top of the seventh inning.
It came after Talley Bailey, who signed with Hiwassee College earlier in the day, blasted a three-run home run in the top of the third to give North Greene a 4-3 lead.
University High, which had taken a 3-1 lead in the first inning off a RBI double by Cohee followed by a two-run double by Molly Dison, tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Madi Freeman came home after a wild pitch.
Ari Ramsaran then put UH ahead 5-4 in the sixth inning with an RBI ground out which allowed Freeman to score her third run of the game.
It looked like it might not be enough after Bailey was intentionally walked in the top of the seventh and Penley followed with her two-run single.
"I was getting stressed out with bases loaded and a full count on the batter," said Crouthers, who picked up the win. "I'm glad we put something together with our bats and came through in the end. It was something special."
The error, which kept the bottom of the seventh alive, allowed Frankie Cradic to score a game-tying run. After Crouthers was hit by a pitch, Cohee stepped to the plate and came through with the walk-off walk.
Her coach wasn't surprised she handled the situation with such composure.
"With her up to bat with two outs and the bases loaded, I felt good," Jeffers said. "Even though it was a walk, it was the same thing as a base hit. She brought in the winning run and it was a big win for us."
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The Lady Bucs Softball April 14th game against N. Greene that was cancelled has been rescheduled for April 27th. The game against Crocket that was on the 27th has been moved to 29th.