Coach: Mr. Keith Jeffers
Assistants: Mr. Joe Degroat, Ms. Sharon Cradic
Congratulations Lady Bucs on a Great Season! 2013-2014 Season team awards and recipients are:
MVP - Belle Bright
Best Offensive Player: Barrett Wherry
Best Defensive Player: Tanner Horton and Taylor Treadway
Coaches Award: Sarah Higginbotham (for contributions to the team, on and off the field).
2014 TSCA (Tennessee Softball Coaches Association) All Academic Softball Team members from UH:
Mollee Cohee, Kutu Hall and Sarah Higginbotham.
Way to go, Bucs!!!!
May 21st, 2014 8:52 pm by Douglas Fritz
MURFREESBORO — Tears of sadness were at least mingled with tears of joy for University High, thanks to Kutu Hall.
The reserve senior hit her first-ever home run, a three-run blast over the left-center field fence in the bottom of the seventh inning. It wasn't enough to spark the Lady Buccaneers to victory as they fell 12-6 to Huntingdon in the losers' bracket of the Class A state softball tournament at Starplex on Wednesday afternoon.
It was a season-ending loss for UH, which finished at an impressive 34-10 but allowed 24 runs in two games in Murfreesboro.
"We didn't play good defense the last two days," said UH head coach Keith Jeffers. "If you don't play good defense down here, it doesn't matter what you do unless you hit the lights out. I would have never dreamed we would score six runs and get doubled up."
Just like the loss to Forrest on Tuesday, UH got off to a good start. The Lady Bucs jumped ahead in the bottom of the second inning with Tanner Horton's infield hit, Sarah Higginbotham's sacrifice, Madi Freeman's bunt single, and Miranda Honeycutt's RBI ground out.
Then the wheels came off in the third inning. Lydia Hayes doubled in two runs, and Paige Jennette added an RBI double. Then Hannah Belew added an RBI double. Suddenly the Lady Bucs trailed, 4-1.
UH clawed back on the strength of Belle Bright's home run over the center field fence in the bottom of the third inning.
But the Fillies were at it again in the fourth, scoring three times to open a commanding 7-2 lead.
UH cut it to 7-3 on Barrett Wherry's fourth-inning sacrifice fly, but Huntingdon poured on five runs in the sixth inning to end any suspense until Hall connected on a fastball.
"The ball was coming, and I thought I better not strikeout because it was our last chance," said Hall, whose blast came with one out. "Might as well go all out, and hit it the right way.
"It gave me hope we could still come back. We didn't, but it was still a great season. We just weren't ready to play today, I guess."
Jeffers said Hall's homer didn't change the overall disappointment, but added, "It was great, and I'm really happy for her."
Bright had a big day at the plate for UH, going 3 for 4 with an RBI. Horton finished with two hits for the Lady Bucs.
Leading the way for the Fillies was leadoff weapon Savannah Dodson. She went 3 for 4 with two runs, two RBIs, and two stolen bases.
Hayes, Jennett and Belew, who was the winning pitcher, each had two hits.
Overall, Jeffers said reaching the state was a good deal.
"Only 24 teams make it in Division I, and only eight in Class A," said Jeffers. "And we were one of them. Some girls in high school never get to come here.
"But that's why it's disappointing when you don't play your best game. You don't have these opportunities very often, so you want to take advantage of it. And we failed to do that."
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May 20th, 2014 9:35 pm by Douglas Fritz
MURFREESBORO — After a very good start, University High simply got flattened.
Forrest struck for six runs on six hits in the second inning, including a booming two-run homer from Katie Warrick, and ran away for a 12-3 win over the Lady Buccaneers in the opening round of the Class A state softball tournament at McKnight Field.
University High fell to 34-9, and will play Gordonsville or Huntingdon in the losers' bracket today at 12:30 p.m.
"I'm disappointed," said Lady Bucs' head coach Keith Jeffers. "You always want to win, but the girls have a legitimate shot of playing better (today) and getting on a run the rest of the week."
Things started nicely for University High. After retiring Forrest in the top of the first inning, Barrett Wherry and Taylor Treadway each hit singles. Eventually they would both come around to score on Forrest errors for a 2-0 UH advantage.
It would be short-lived. Savannah Brothers smacked an RBI single in the top of the second inning, and Warrick followed with her no-doubter — a two-run blast over the left field fence to put Forrest ahead, 3-2.
Samantha King followed with a two-run double, and Liz Daughrity added an RBI single to make it 6-2.
Forrest had some big strong players, and the Lady Rockets hit some rockets.
"There's no doubt they are a good team," said Jeffers. "I would never take anything away from a team when you flat get beat. But we had five errors in the game. You can't do that at this time of year."
Forrest kept pouring it on, scoring four times in the third inning before adding single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
UH was down to its last at-bat on the mercy rule, but managed to force another inning when Tanner Horton rapped an RBI single down the left field line. Forrest ended the threat by turning an inning-ending double play.
Warrick finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs for Forrest. She also went the distance in the circle, allowing five hits and three runs, one earned.
King had two hits and three RBIs while Sara Jordan totaled three hits and Daughrity had two hits.
Jeffers said the best thing his team can do is have a short memory.
"I told them by the time they go through that fence, all of this should be forgotten," said Jeffers. "If they are still thinking about it now, it's too long. They've got to get ready for the next game."
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May 16th, 2014 10:54 pm by Trey Williams
University High tripled its pleasure while clinching a third straight tournament berth Friday at Basler Field.
Barrett Wherry led off the game for the Lady Bucs with a triple during a two-run first inning, Ari Ramsaran began the sixth with a triple and scored the go-ahead run on Sarah Higginbotham's one-out single and the Lady Bucs held on for a 3-2 victory against Meigs County in a Class A Sectional.
University High (34-8) will begin play in Murfreesboro on Tuesday. Meigs County ended the season with an 18-13 record.
Junior pitcher Tanner Horton overcame wet conditions, including a 12-minute rain delay, and a somewhat fluid strike zone to improve to 25-3 with the complete-game victory. She allowed four hits, five walks and struck out eight.
After walking Madison Hampton to begin the seventh, Horton retired Meigs County's Nos. 2, 3 and 4 batters in order to end it.
"I was crying after the game," Horton said. "I was just so, like, overwhelmed with happiness. I have been waiting for this game for a really long time. And to bring this team back to state is just unbelievable. I can't describe it."
The score was tied at 2 entering the bottom of the sixth. Ramsaran, a freshman shortstop, led off the frame by lining a 2-2 pitch down the right-field line for a triple. One out later, Higginbotham went the other way to line a 1-2 pitch over third baseman Madison Crabtree for what proved to be the game-winning single.
"When Sarah hit it we could hear everyone hold their breath," Horton said. "It was so intense."
Ramsaran's poise belies her youth. She also calmly fielded Hampton's one-out grounder in the fourth and threw home to catcher Belle Bright to force out a sliding Angel Davis on a play close enough to leave fans waiting to exhale.
"I just got it ... knew to go home and I mean, came through," Ramsaran said. "Belle came through right there, too."
Horton then got Taylor Boggess to fly out to right field to strand three runners and leave the score tied through 3 1/2 innings.
Madison Stiner led off the second with a solo home run for Meigs County, and tied the score at 2 on Brandi Kilpatrick's single after leading off the fourth with a walk and advancing to third on Angel Davis' single and a throwing error.
UH coach Keith Jeffers said he told his players before the game that three or four runs and solid defense should be a recipe for victory, and the Lady Bucs' defense was solid save for the throwing error.
"We started off quick," Jeffers said. "We blistered the right-field line (with right-handed batters). But after the second inning you could tell it was gonna be a good battle."
Lady Tigers' pitcher Morgan Boggess allowed three runs in six innings. She struck out five, walked none and gave up 10 hits.
"She pitched out of several jams," Meigs County coach Jeff Davis said. "They hit it better than us, obviously. ... It's hard to win with four hits. We put it in play. They got the big hit and we didn't."
Boggess got a swinging strike on Ramsaran to make the count 1-2 during the critical sixth-inning at-bat, but Ramsran took the ensuing pitch to even the count before lining the ball into the right-field corner for the lead-off triple.
"Getting that triple with no outs was huge,"said Jeffers, who was equally impressed with Higginbotham's one-out hit. "Sarah's been struggling, and she would tell you that. And it was just great to see her hit that ball. ... She went with the pitch and took it where it was thrown. ...
"With these faster pitchers ... you've just gotta make contact. And that girl was a good pitcher from Meigs County. ... Ten hits against her, that was pretty good."
Taylor Treadway was 2-for-2 with a run and a sacrifice bunt for UH. Ramsaran and sophomore Madi Freeman were each 2-for-3, and Wherry finished 2-for-4.
Veterans, freshmen and sophomores all contributed to yet another state berth. Jeffers noted freshman Miranda Honeycutt delivering the late go-ahead RBI against North Greene in the Region 1-AAA championship.
"Oh, man, it's great," Ramsaran said. "This is my first substate game. ... Sarah came through really big right there. That was really clutch. ... Madi came up big, too.
"Tanner's been battling the whole year. I mean, she does really good coming back in counts. She came through. I have confidence in everybody on the field. I knew we could pull it out."
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May 14th, 2014 8:46 pm by Jeff Birchfield
University High didn't take much time to celebrate winning the Region 1-A softball crown over North Greene Wednesday evening at ETSU's Betty Basler Field. The players and coaches were already looking ahead to Friday.
That's when the Lady Bucs (33-8) will host Meigs County in the sectional round at a time yet to be determined. A win will give University High its third straight state tournament berth. A loss will mean the end of the season.
Regardless of that outcome, the Lady Bucs' season has already been filled with hardware. Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Lady Huskies gave UH a sweep of conference, district and region titles. Still for a team with five seniors, they might as well be holding up a sign, "Murfreesboro or Bust."
"The worst we could do this season is 10 losses, but I don't want another loss and these girls don't either," University High coach Keith Jeffers said. "I know they're happy with the accomplishments they've made so far, but we've been to state twice. We want to go to state and our ultimate goal is to bring that title back."
It didn't mean the Lady Bucs could afford to take North Greene lightly. The game was tied 1-1 in the fifth inning until Miranda Honeycutt's sacrifice fly to left field scored Madi Freeman. The Lady Bucs added a couple of insurance runs in the sixth as Taylor Treadway, Belle Bright and Mollee Cohee had three consecutive stand-up doubles.
"They were playing a good game and we were in a battle," Jeffers said. "Miranda's sacrifice fly was huge because we were tied and getting that run across was big."
It helped starting pitcher Tanner Horton earn her 24th win of the season. The junior with the hard-to-hit screwball struck out six, gave up five hits and walked just one in a complete-game effort.
Bright led UH at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored. The senior catcher, who is committed to Tennessee Temple, has been on a tear since coming back from a midseason thumb injury. She knew exactly what the situation called for when her team led just 2-1 in the sixth.
"I saw it was a close game," Bright said. "I knew what I had to do. We put in everything we had and did what we had to do to get the win."
Cohee came through twice with Bright in scoring position. She hit a single to advance Bright to third in the first inning and then had the RBI double for the game's final run.
"We weren't hitting the ball that well this game, but we had some clutch hits when we needed them," Cohee said. "We knew what we had to do. If we put the ball in play, good things will happen."
Ari Ramsaran had a RBI single to score Bright in the first inning, while the Lady Bucs had plenty of highlights in the field.
Barrett Wherry recorded four outs while battling the sun and win in center field. Then, Treadway made a spectacular diving catch when the Lady Huskies' Macy McNeese popped up a bunt attempt in the sixth inning..
Talley Bailey suffered the loss for North Greene, which will head to Region 2 champion Knoxville Grace Christian on Friday. Bailey was charged with two runs off four hits in five innings of work before giving way to Emily Starnes.
At the plate, the Lady Huskies found some production at the bottom of the lineup.
Anna Craft was 2-for-3, including a RBI to score Abby Weems in the fourth inning, while Julia Penley also finished 2-for-3. Most of all, head coach Renee Light liked how her team battled the Lady Bucs for the entire game.
"My girls are pretty solid defensively," Light said. "UH has beaten about every single-A school by double digits. I think we're the only team in our conference which has competed well with them. I'm glad to see that out of my girls."
Cohee and her teammates were happy to come through with the victory and posed for pictures afterwards. More than the region title, however, they celebrated the chance to play on ETSU's field one more time.
"It's a big accomplishment because that's one thing we wanted to do," she said. "Hosting sub-state is important for us. But, we aren't done yet so we've got to keep fighting through it."
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May 12th, 2014 8:42 pm by Jeff Birchfield
University High put up plenty of big numbers to rout Washburn in Monday's Region 1-A softball semifinal at ETSU's Betty Basler Field.
The Lady Bucs had 20 hits which resulted in a 23-2 beatdown of the Lady Pirates in five innings.
Surprisingly scoreless after one inning, Mollee Cohee opened the second inning with a double. Seven hits and 10 runs later, University High was well on its way to clinching a sectional berth.
The Lady Bucs (32-8) will host North Greene (11-13) today at 5 p.m. in the Region 1-A final. Besides the region championship, the winner will get to host a sectional game on Friday, while the loser will go on the road.
As for Monday, no one had bigger numbers than Taylor Treadway who ended 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
"I feel like every game we come out confident," Treadway said. "We try to get a big lead early and hopefully relax later in the game, although you always have to play like you're down."
They were certainly playing that way in the second and third innings, holding a 20-0 lead by the time they were finished. Starting pitcher Tanner Horton had six strikeouts and had only given up one hit through those first three innings.
The biggest damage, however, was at the plate.
Belle Bright finished 3-for-4 as did Madi Freeman, who also ended with three runs scored. It's been a strong return for Bright, the Lady Bucs' starting catcher, who suffered a midseason thumb injury. She won District 1-A MVP honors last week and followed it up with Monday's outburst.
She explained what it has meant to be back on the field after missing a chunk of her junior season.
"It's the best feeling in the world," Bright said. "Like I hated to be standing there and watching all the games. But, I feel really confident for tomorrow and Friday."
So does head coach Keith Jeffers, who saw big efforts up and down the lineup.
Lead-off Barrett Wherry went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Cohee was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Besides her work in the circle, Horton was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Even in the nine-hole, the Lady Bucs got great production. Miranda Honeycutt reached base all three at-bats and parlayed those into three runs scored.
"The bad thing about this time of year, you mess up one game and it's over," Jeffers said. "But, we've been hitting the ball real well for about two weeks. Hopefully, we can keep up with that."
Washburn got its first run when Payton Simmons took a high pitch and drove it into center field. The Lady Pirates added a second run in the fourth, but the Lady Bucs responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning after Kutu Hall led off with a double.
Focus has been a key word bantered around the UH dugout. Jeffers emphasized this is not the time of year any team can afford to take a game or even an inning off.
"It goes back to if you have a bad day, your season is over," he said. "We want to keep going and win our next game so we can host that sectional game. We want to host it. We don't want to travel."
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May 13th, 2014 1:00 am by Dave Boyd
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UH wins 1-A title in softball
FROM STAFF REPORTS
ELIZABETHTON — Tanner Horton tossed a two-hitter and University High rolled in the District 1-A softball championship with a 7-1 win over North Greene on Wednesday at Ronnie Hicks Field.
Horton struck out nine and walked two in seven innings, and didn't allow runner past first base after the second inning.
UH scored two runs in the first and second, and home runs in the third by Barrett Wherry and Miranda Honeycutt put the game out of reach.
Honeycutt hit a solo shot with two outs, and Wherry followed, after Lexi Cruthers reached on a error, with two-run shot. Wherry, who had three hits on the day, led off the game with a single and scored on a double by Belle Bright.
Horton helped her own cause with an RBI single in the first that scored Ari Ramsaran, who reached on a triple.
North Greene, which advanced to the championship game with a 5-2 win over Unaka earlier in the day, got a hit apiece, both singles, from Anna Craft and Rochelle Frazier. The Huskies run came in the second inning on a sacrfice fly by Amethyst Crawford.
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May 6th, 2014 11:04 pm by Jeff Birchfield
ELIZABETHTON — Barrett Wherry started it off with a bunt single and the hits kept coming for University High on Tuesday night.
Wherry, who actually bunted her first two at-bats, ended 4-for-5 with four RBIs to lead the Lady Bucs to an 18-1, five-inning win over homestanding Unaka in the winners' bracket final of the District 1-A softball tournament at Ronnie Hicks Field.
"Our last game, we didn't hit very well," Wherry said after leading UH's 18-hit attack. "I actually chose to bunt both times. He never gave me the sign to, but I love bunting because I love running them out."
After she quit bunting, Wherry broke out of a recent slump with by driving a pair of two-run doubles to center field.
If the offense wasn't enough, UH pitcher Tanner Horton kept confounding the Lady Rangers with her screwball. She gave up just two hits overall. University High (30-8) was at full strength after Horton and catcher Belle Bright each missed recent games with injuries.
Horton aided her cause, going 2-for-3 with four RBIs, while Bright was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
"Having them back, that's huge," UH head coach Keith Jeffers said. "You're talking about our pitcher and our No. 3 batter and catcher. Any time we've got those back, that's a huge thing for us. Then, the way we hit..... The other night against North Greene, we only had one hit in seven innings."
Horton was certainly glad to be back in the circle after being slowed by a severe ankle sprain. University High took a 2-1 lead in the first, but she had plenty of breathing room after the Lady Bucs scored nine runs in the second inning and six runs in the third inning.
"It's great, especially to be coming back from such a nasty sprain," Horton said. "It's a work in progress and I'm trying to strengthen it at the moment to where it needs to be. But, I love to play softball and it's just great to be back."
In addition to the aforementioned, there were plenty of offensive stars for the Lady Bucs.
Taylor Treadway, Mollee Cohee, Madi Freeman and Miranda Honeycutt all finished with two hits, while Ari Ramsaran and Sarah Higginbotham each batted in a run.
Unaka lead-off Lexi Perry scored the Lady Rangers' only run in the first inning off a RBI single by Caitlyn Buckles.
The Lady Rangers (9-13) will face North Greene in today's loser bracket final with the winner to advance and play University High in the championship round.
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By Collin Brooks
University High has been a step faster and a few runs better than most teams around the area as its 26-4, 9-0 record can vouch.
Things were no different on Thursday as they defeated Unaka 10-0 in five innings at Hicks Field. The win also clinched the Watauga Valley Conference regular-season championship.
"We didn't play our A-game," Unaka head coach Kayla Clawson said. "UH is a good ball club and when you play them you have to have all components there, and we didn't have that today."
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April 10th, 2014 9:21 pm by Jeff Birchfield
University High is on pace for its best year ever in softball, sporting an 18-3 record at the midway point of the season.
The Lady Bucs had the best record (6-1) of any local team in last weekend's Eastman Invitational tournament in Kingsport, although their only loss came at a bad time, a Round of 16 elimination game against Daniel Boone.
The Lady Bucs are led by a senior class which has the experience of two straight state tournament appearances and a first ever win at the state last season.
"That group has come together really well," University High head coach Keith Jeffers said. "One of the things that is helping us right now is their experience. They've been there and done that.
"But, we've got a long ways to go. We just have to prepare and keep getting better every game."
Barrett Wherry is a strong-armed center fielder and also the team's leadoff batter. She is among the team leaders in both RBIs and runs scored, although Wherry is best known for her performance at last season's state tournament. She hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and accounted for six RBIs in an 11-5 victory over South Fulton. The victory at the Murfreesboro Starplex was the program's first ever in the Class A tournament.
"My home runs were great, but I loved that we were able to win as a team," Wherry said. "It was exciting to win our first game ever at state. We have everyone back from that team but our starting pitcher, so we've gotten closer than we were last year.".
Taylor Treadway is a third baseman whom her coach said has a glove like a vacuum cleaner at times. She's also pretty effective on the offensive end with a team-leading 25 runs scored. She also ranks third in RBIs behind Ari Ramsaran and Wherry. More than stats, Treadway said chemistry and commitment set this senior group apart from so many other teams.
"I think all the seniors are pretty close and all of us are really committed," Treadway said. "All of us know what we are capable of, so we know the goals set for us."
A big goal is a return to the state, although their head coach said that alone will not determine how successful this season is. He wants them to simply focus on one game at a time.
It's a strategy that has worked so far with UH piling up wins against several larger schools including victories over David Crockett and Tennessee High from the Big Seven Conference.
"We're very confident going into any game," Treadway said. "We know what we're capable of and we never go into a game intimidated. Their school might be bigger than ours, but it doesn't mean they're better."
Belle Bright, the talented catcher, fractured her thumb and wrist catching a foul ball on Saturday and didn't get to play in the Boone loss. She is expected to recover from the injury and be back on the field in three weeks. She is certainly a big prescence for University High, the team leader with eight doubles. She also ranks second on the team in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Most important has been her job on the defensive end, catching for Johnson City Press All-Northeast Tennessee selection Haley Faulkner last season and for Tanner Horton, who has compiled a 16-3 record so far this season.
Bright explained that catching for each of them presented different challenges.
"Haley is more speed, while Tanner is more movement," Bright said. "Tanner just hits her spots really well. But, both are really good pitchers."
Kutu Hall is more of a role player, but she's made the most of limited opportunities with a .421 on-base percentage. Behind the scenes, coaches and teammates say she plays a valuable role making sure everyone is prepared and ready to go.
"I try to make sure everyone is at a good place with their attitudes," Hall said. "It matters what you carry on to the field with how you play. Attitude is everything in this sport. We've had a couple of rough patches, but we've been able to come together and play as a team when we've needed to."
Attitude is something that Bright emphasized as well.
She explained how the Lady Bucs have more confidence than a season ago, and with that she feels they have a better overall team.
Overall, the class has been a part of 89 wins as well as last year's historic postseason run. Right fielder Sarah Higginbotham is proud of how the group has helped elevate an already good UH program, which has five state tournament appearances over the last nine years, to the next level.
"Keith and (assistant coach) Joe (DeGroat) have been the best coaches," Higginbotham said. "All the seniors have been working hard to get to this point. Overall, we have a good starting nine and some good back-ups. We're really proud of how far we've come."
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Congratulations to our Lady Bucs Softball team on a fantastic showing in the Eastman Tournament!
Thursday: UH 3, Crockett 2
UH 2, Murfreesboro-Oakland 1
Saturday: UH 7, Union County 5
UH 8, Tennessee High 1
UH 17, Pendleton County 0
UH 2, Cookeville 1
Sunday: Daniel Boone 8, UH 1
Wow!!!! Great Games, Lady Bucs!!!!!!!
Link to Video of Softball game report from April 1, 2014
March 31st, 2014 8:58 pm by Jeff Birchfield
The University High softball team wasted no time taking care of business.
The Lady Bucs got off to a fast start against Unaka and cruised to a 10-0 victory in five innings Monday evening at Indian Trail Middle School.
Junior pitcher Tanner Horton gave up just two hits, and University High scored all 10 runs in the first inning to improve to 11-2 overall and 3-0 in the Watauga Valley Conference.
Lead-off batter Barrett Wherry got things going right away with a blooper to left field. She later added a two-run single, ending the day 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
"It meant a lot for us to jump on them early," Wherry said. "We kind of came into it, thinking we've got this, but I'm glad we took care of it early and didn't have to go seven innings. "
Unaka fell to 2-4 overall and 2-1 in league play. After a rough first inning which included starter Chelsea Grubb giving up eight hits and the defense committing two errors, the Lady Rangers settled down the rest of the game. Sarah Hardin gave up just two hits and one walk over the next three innings.
"We're young, starting four freshman," Unaka coach Dayton Buckles said. "Both of our pitchers are freshmen. We were trying something a little different. The second pitcher we brought in, she's been our starter, but she's been nervous at the start of some games. We thought it might help to switch, but we got down too far off the bat."
Much of it had to do with what was coming off University High's bats.
Horton hit a double and single in the first inning and ended 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
"It was a good day," Horton said. "We've been working really hard at the beginning of the season, and everything is working out. We're happy where we are right now."
Adding to the big inning, Taylor Treadway belted a two-run double, and Ari Ramsaran came through with a two-run single. Eight players in the Lady Bucs' starting lineup scored runs in the first inning including Belle Bright, Molle Cohee, Sarah Higginbottom, Lexi Crouthers and Madi Freeman.
"We really hit the ball well that first inning," UH head coach Keith Jeffers said. "We've done a lot of work on making contact with the ball and they were able to accomplish that, at least in the first inning. I don't know what happened after that."
The lack of additional runs didn't matter as the Lady Bucs' defense took care of the rest. Wherry, playing in center field, made a quick throw to second base to get Unaka's Shanda Matheson out on a fielder's choice for the first out of the third inning.
Despite losing the base runner, the Lady Rangers were able to get Jessie Matheson to third base and Lexi Perry to second later in the third inning. However, Horton shut down the scoring threat with a 1-3 ground out.
In one sense, it was simply doing what was expected by a UH program which has reached the state tournament in three of the last four years. So far this season, the Lady Bucs' only losses have come to Class AAA White County and to Class AA Carter in the championship game of the Gordonsville tournament.
Jeffers believes another tournament this weekend in Kingsport will reveal to him exactly how far his team has come this season.
"This weekend in the Eastman (Invitational) is going to determine a lot," he said. "We're going to play a lot of tough teams outside this area, as well as Crockett and a couple of other teams. But, I'm pleased with where we're at right now."
University School vs Unaka softball Image Gallery
April 1st, 2014 11:55 pm by Dave Boyd
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The following pictures were published in the Johnson City News and Neighbor (772nd Edition 3.15.14-3.21.14).
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