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Seniors led ladies to 43-5 record

Unicoi County High School had eight seniors leave lasting impressions on the softball program.
Coming up just a game shy of the state tournament at the end of the 2015 season, the upperclassmen leave UCHS with an impressive 159 wins over their four years.
“They did a great job of keeping the program going,” Lady Blue Devil head coach Grady Lingerfelt said. “All of our seniors did.”
The Lady Devils concluded this season with a 43-5 record, with four regular season tournament wins, a District 1-AA tournament championship to go along with a regular season conference crown.
Led by the senior core of Cassie Foster, Cierra Jackson, Destinie Hayes, Haley Webb, Hannah Keasling, Taylor Wright, Tiffany Laughren and Taylor Smith, the team also accounted for 55 home runs at the conclusion of the year, that ranks second in the state, just behind the 2013 Lady Devil squad..
UCHS entered the Region 1-AA tournament like a lion, earning a 16-0 victory over Grainger in the semifinals. Greeneville, the eventual Class AA state champion, pulled the upset out of their hats in the regional championship after a go-ahead three-run home run gave them a 5-3 victory.
The ladies came up just short in Knoxville, falling to Christian Academy of Knoxville in the substate round.
“We had a good season,” Lingerfelt said. “We just struggled that night. That doesn’t take away from what this team brought over the years and what they accomplished this season.”
Coming up just one game away from the state tournament for the second year in a row will only inspire the returning softball players, Lingerfelt added.
“It is always important,” he said. “To have been there and done that and see what it takes. We have a good group coming up for next year. We’re going to be rebuilding with seniors gone, but we had a chance to play a lot of younger kids this year.”
Abby Hensley, Ashlie Padgett, Haley Peterson, Savannah Lafever, Rylee Stiltner, Ashley Edwards and Halie Padgett were among a group of younger players who saw time on the field this season.
Along with a bevy of returning players, UCHS brings in an eighth-grade group next season who won the Middle Eight Conference tournament this year.