The Rangers went toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in East Tennessee. However, Unaka was unable to pull off the upset.
Unaka was unable to answer late runs as they fell 7-1 to Grace Christian Academy in a Class A baseball sectional on Friday in a rainy Knoxville.
Neither team was able to get anything going over the first two innings as the score remained scoreless. Unaka saw Isaac Hill get on base on a fielder’s choice in the third, but the Rangers were unable to plate a run. The Rangers, however, forced the Rams off the field with a ground out.
Blake King, John Ramsey and Dakota Gallimore all got on base with singles in the top of the fourth. However, King was tagged out at home as Unaka was held off the scoreboard.
Grace Christian jumped into the lead with two runs in the home side of the fourth.
After Unaka was retired in order in the fifth, Grace Christian struck for two more runs in the bottom of the inning. The Rams added four runs in the sixth inning.
In the seventh, Unaka scored when Ramsey crossed off a King at-bat. The rally was unable to continue in the frame.
Ramsey was 1-for-2, while King and Gallimore finished 1-for-3.
On the mound, Abram Hill was handed the loss despite allowing just five earned runs on eight hits.