The Unaka baseball extended their season on Thursday against a determined Cloudland squad.
The Rangers took a 13-3 victory over Cloudland in a District 1-A Tournament play-in game to move into the double-elimination tournament. The loss ends Cloudland’s season that ended with CHS winning four straight games to end the regular season.
The other play-in game between Hampton and North Greene was postponed until Friday due to rain. That game is slated for a 2:30 p.m., first pitch at David Crockett. Unaka is set to take on Sullivan North on Saturday.
On Thursday, John Boy Ramsey set the tone on the mound.
The senior hurler limited the Cloudland offensive attack early on, and the Rangers took a 4-0 lead in the first inning – including a Davy Ensor two-run inside-the-park homerun. Daniel Shearl scored off a Cloudland error and Ramsey pushed a run in to give UHS a 6-0 lead after two innings.
The ‘Landers cut into the lad as Brayden Christman pushed a run across the plate, and a fielder’s choice allowed Dave Ramey to score. Unaka, however, snapped the CHS run in the homeside of the third with two runs of their own, and slowly pulled away from there.
Unaka was paced by Reid Taylor, Devin Ramsey, Bryson Street, Nick Nunley, Shearl and Ensor who had two hits a piece. J. Ramsey finished with nine strikeouts while allowing just two hits.
On the mound for Cloudland, Dillon Johnson had a strong showing in his final game for the Blue and Gold.