By Rick Sheek
JOHNSON CITY — Cloudland broke through with a monumental victory, Unaka breezed and Hampton is still alive following the opening round of the District 1-A softball tournament at Betty Basler Field.
The Lady Highlanders defeated Hampton 4-2 to began Monday afternoon, before closing the night with a 10-0 loss to top seed University High. Unaka disposed of North Greene 6-1.
In an elimination game at 4:30 today, Hampton (3-15) faces North Greene (14-15). At 7 this evening, Unaka (9-9) meets UH (21-13) in the winners’ bracket final and berth in the Region 1-A semifinals on the line.
North Greene 1
The Rangers got off to a rocky start with two errors to open the game, but roared back with six runs in bottom half of the first.
And that’s all she wrote.
University High 10
UH eighth-grader Ari Ramsaran wreaked havoc on the Highlanders in going 3 for 3 with a three-run homer and two doubles.
The Lady Junior Bucs’ Haley Faulkner hurled a one-hit shutout, striking out seven.