University High Softball

banner Coach: Mr. Keith Jeffers

Assistants: Mr. Joe Degroat, Ms. Sharon Cradic




There will be a brief Softball meeting on Tuesday, August 19th, after school, in the gym.  Please plan on being there if you are interested in playing softball this year.  If you have any questions, please see  Ms. Cradic                   



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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!!!!





UH girls bow out  of state tourney

May 21st, 2014 8:52 pm by Douglas  Fritz

pictureMURFREESBORO — 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."

 © 2014 Johnson City Press





University  High falls in state opener

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."

 © 2014 Johnson City Press





UH  softball headed to state for third straight year

May 16th, 2014 10:54 pm by Trey  Williams

pictureUniversity 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."

 © 2014 Johnson City Press



Link to Video of Softball game report from May 14, 2014




  UH captures 1-A softball title

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."

 © 2014 Johnson City Press



UH rolls in Region 1-A opener

May 12th, 2014 8:42 pm by Jeff Birchfield

pictureUniversity 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."

 © 2014 Johnson City Press

University School vs Washburn softball

May 13th, 2014 1:00 am by Dave Boyd

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icon UH ‍wins 1-A title in softball    


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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icon Wherry  powers U-High past Unaka in 1-A softball

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.

© 2014 Johnson City Press


icon Lady Rangers swamped by Jr. Bucs

By Staff Reports

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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icon Seniors  lead UH softball to new heights


April 10th, 2014 9:21 pm by


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




U-High pounds Unaka

March 31st, 2014 8:58 pm by Jeff  Birchfield


pictureThe 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."

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April 1st, 2014 11:55 pm by Dave  Boyd





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2014 Roster

Madi Freeman

Cali Worley

Miranda Honeycutt

Are Ramsaran

Taylor Jones

Frankie Cradic

Barrett Wherry

Lexi Crouthers

Kutu Hall

Molly Dison

Tanner Horton

Mollee Cohee

Sarah Higginbotham

Addisyn Rowe

Taylor Treadway

Belle Bright

Emma Berning

Alayna Smith






Spring is finally here!! Are you ready for the April Showers??  You can stay dry AND support our Lady Bucs Softball Team!  Purchase a 60" Pro-am Golf Umbrella for only $20.00!  You must act soon, however, because supplies are limited!  The umbrellas can be  purchased from Ms. Carter in the front office.  For additional information, contact Michelle Ramsaran at (423)794-0181.  Don't let those raindrops keep falling on your head!