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Unaka ends North's season in 1-AA tourney

By Gene Renfro, Sports Correspondent • May 8, 2018 at 1:10 AM

JONESBOROUGH — University High punched its ticket to the District 1-A baseball championship game as well as to the regional tournament with a 5-0 win over North Greene on Monday at David Crockett.

“We’re excited. This is what we’ve talked about all year and take care of business,” University High coach Josh Petty said. “We’ve got that (Region 1-A) berth and now the next step is trying to get that No. 1 seed and a host a game next Monday.”

Unaka followed with a 3-0 victory over Sullivan North that eliminated the Golden Raiders.

North Greene plays Unaka in the losers’ bracket final today at 5 p.m., and the survivor takes on University High at 7 p.m. for the title. An if-necessary contest is slated for Wednesday at 6 p.m.

A five-run second inning proved to be enough offense for the Junior Bucs (20-9), and eight of the nine UH batters reached base in the game.

The only baserunner for North Greene (14-9) came in the third when Jack Bembry allowed a single to Denver Weems. Bembry struck out seven, including the side in the fifth inning.

“Jack Bembry threw a great game,” Petty said.

UNAKA 3, SULLIVAN NORTH 0

After John Ramsey singled to load the bases, Dakota Gallimore delivered a two-out single that scored John-Wesley Hardin and Blake King in the first inning for all the runs the Rangers (21-11) needed.

Hardin finished 3-for-3. Gallimore and Bryson Street had two hits apiece.

King struck out 10 and gave up three hits with three walks in the complete-game shutout.

Sullivan North’s Hunter Dingus tossed the first 4 1/3 innings, giving up the two runs and scattering seven hits.

The Golden Raiders (7-16) got hits from Peyton Robinson, Josh Oaks and Bryson Blevins.

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