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Assistant Coaches: Jerry Cohee, Wayne Mast
Lady Bucs advance to winners' final
Douglas Fritz • Updated May 8, 2017 at 11:28 PM
University High and Unaka took care of business.
In the District 1-A softball tournament at Metro-Kiwanis, the Lady Buccaneers and Lady Rangers each won two games.
UH started with a 12-2 romp of Hampton before beating North Greene, 9-4.
The Lady Bucs will meet Unaka, a 9-5 winner over South Greene, in Tuesday's winners'
bracket final at 7 o'clock.
In the win over North Greene, Miranda Honeycutt was 3 for 4 with a grand slam and a double.
"Miranda came up big with the grand slam after they intentionally walked Ari (Ramsaran) to load the bases," said UH head coach Keith Jeffers.
Ari Ramsaran was 2 for 4 with a homer and a walk. Sydney Trosin added two hits.
In the circle, Jenna Davis racked up 10 strikeouts.
"The girls played a great game," said UH head coach Keith Jeffers. "Offense and defense, I couldn't have asked for much more. It's a big win to stay in the winners' bracket. Jenna was solid pitching. She did a great job."
Jeffers said the game against Unaka will be tough.
"We will have to repeat tonight's performance and then some," said Jeffers.
In the win over Hampton, Kensington Dailey got the win in the circle.
Lady Buccaneers earn important league win
Douglas Fritz • Updated April 26 at 8:53 PM
University High has endured more downs than ups this season, but a good postseason can make things better in the end.
The Lady Buccaneers took a positive step toward the postseason with a tough 4-3 softball win over league champion Unaka on Wednesday in Elizabethton.
UH's Miranda Honeycutt hit a three-run blast in the first inning, and teammate Ari Ramsaran hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to break the 3-3 tie.
"I told our team how big this game was, and how we had to want it more and play everything clean," said Honeycutt. "And everybody followed through with that. I'm really proud of the team."
UH finished 7-3 in the Watauga Valley Conference, and won its sixth straight game overall to improve to 11-17.
It was the first league loss for Unaka, which fell to 18-12 overall.
UH head coach Keith Jeffers said the win was important.
"It was a huge win," said Jeffers. "We definitely needed it to get ready for the districts. The girls played to their ability in the field, and we had some big hits. I'm really proud of how they played tonight."
Also coming up big for UH was pitcher Jenna Davis. She went the distance, striking out five batters.
Kensington Dailey added two doubles in the game, both of them hitting off the fence. Dailey's first double helped set the stage for Honeycutt's three-run homer.
Lady Bucs hoping to continue their success on the diamond
By NN Assistant on April 6, 2017 Local Sports
Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 2.08.12 PMBy Collin Brooks
University High Softball Coach Keith Jeffers is use to making deep postseason runs with his Lady Buccaneers, but this year, only time will tell if they will be playing deep into May or not.
"It's not a young team, but it's a new team," Jeffers said. "The team is made of a lot of young players, but also new players that haven't played fo a few years. Our goal is to win the conference and district, but it will take time to get this team on the right page."
The Lady Bucs have four returning starters from a team that won the conference, district and regional championships last season, but they were defeated by Midway in a home sub-state contest. Ari Ramsaran (shortstop), Miranda Honeycutt (centerfield) and Frankie Cradic (first base) all saw valuable time last season as juniors and they will be expected to be key players in a young lineup.
Also returning will be junior pitcher Kensington Daily, who will also see time at third base. Freshman Jenna Davis will also see time in the circle for the Lady Bucs, both have similar pitches, but each has her own style.
"I think they're going to get better as the year goes along," Jeffers said. "They are similar in that they have multiple pitches that they can throw and mix them up."
Davis will see time in third base or centerfield when she isn't in the circle.
At the plate, the Lady Bucs will need their upperclassmen to carry the way.
"We will need the seniors and juniors to swing well," he said. "And hopefully the younger girls will follow suit and be able to hit the ball when we need to for us to be successful."
Jeffers has a lineup that will be shifted on an at-need basis, but for now, he said that Keleigh Engle — a senior that is playing her first year of softball for the school — will play on second base and in the outfield. Another senior is Alayna Smith that will see time in left field. Freshman Ciara Kennedy will also see time at second base, while Sydney Trosin and Ryleigh Owen will split time behind the plate, along with Honeycutt.
The Lady Bucs spent time in Myrtle Beach last week and played eight contests. They were able to grab a couple of wins in the tournament and Jeffers is hoping those will give his girls confidence heading into the season.
But they won't have much time to figure things out as they will play at North Greene on Monday, host Unaka on Tuesday and finish the week off by traveling to South Greene on Thursday and playing in the NFS Tournament in Unicoi this weekend.
The following article was printed in the Johnson City Press:
Dave Ongie • Mar 21, 2017 at 10:19 PM
University High 9, Cloudland 0
UH's Jenna Davis pitched a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts and just one walk.
Ari Ramsaran had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and three runs scored. UH is 1-0 on the season.
University High's Ari Ramsaran signs with Gordon College
By Kane O'Neill Published: March 27, 2017, 10:40 pm
JOHNSON CITY, TN- University High senior Ari Ramsaran put the pen to paper Monday, signing with the Gordon College softball team.
Ramsaran has been the Junior Bucs' starting shortstop since 8th grade, compiling a .443 batting average with 31 home runs entering her senior year. Ramsaran has been a Watagua Valley All-Conference selection the past four seasons.
Gordon College is located in Massachusetts.