The Unaka softball team came up short in their quest to continue their postseason run.
The Lady Rangers fell 7-1 to Whitwell in an elimination game of the TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro. Unaka finishes the 2019 season with a 25-22 mark.
Neither team was able to get anything going in the first inning.
The Lady Tigers opened the scoring in the top of the second by plating four runs despite having two outs. Unaka looked to respond in the home side of the frame after Lilie Kiser reached base, but UHS was unable to get anything across the plate.
Both teams record 1-2-3 innings in the third inning. Unaka saw Kiser record her second walk of the morning to lead off the bottom of the fourth and Noelle Collins reached base with a single, but the Lady Rangers came away empty handed in the frame. Whitwell added a single run in the fifth and the sixth to extend their lead.
The Lady Rangers looked to spark a comeback in the bottom of the sixth. Sadie Shoun had a leadoff single and Erika Potter hit a double to center field to score Shoun. Kiser reached base with a single, but a double play and strikeout quickly ended the inning.
Alana Parsons had two hits to lead the way for Unaka, while Shoun, Potter, Kiser and Collins each had a hit.
In the circle, Kailey Wilson was handed the loss despite a strong showing. In four innings of work, she allowed just four earned runs on five hits. Shoun pitched three innings of relief and allowed just three earned runs on six hits.