T.A. Dugger girls whip Church Hill

from staff reports


   CHURCH HILL -- The Lady Junior Cyclone softball team came out spinning for its first appearance of the season.
   Riding the superb pitching of Ryann Musick and Britani Brown, T.A. Dugger whipped Church Hill 10-0 and 6-0 in a Middle Seven Conference doubleheader on Thursday afternoon.
   Game 1 saw Musick toss a three-inning no-hitter, collect eight strikeouts and walk only three.
   Brown, the designated-hitter, did the main damage at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two runs and a pair of RBIs.
   Ashley Cline went 1-for-2, scored twice, drove in a run and stole two bases for the Lady Cyclones, while Tia Nave had an RBI triple in two at-bats, tallied a run and recorded a stolen base.
   TAD scored seven runs in the first inning.
   In the second game, Brown fired a five-inning one-hitter, only yielding a bloop single. She accounted for five strikeouts and two walks.
   Victoria Hopson led the way at the plate for TAD, batting 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a couple of runs. Brown helped her own cause with an RBI triple and a run, and Cline (1 run, 1 SB), Megan Heaton, Cassidy Blevins and Mikael Oliver chipped in one hit apiece.
   Blevins' hit was an RBI triple.
   TAD did well considering that each of its preseason scrimmages was rained out.
   "I knew I had eight players coming back, so I kind of expected we'd do OK," said Lady Cyclone coach Harry Farthing. "We had no errors, and both Ryann and Britani pitched great. We played real good defense.
   "We didn't hit the ball great, but we hit it well enough to win. I feel like our hitting will improve. Our pitching and defense should be our strong points all year."
   The Lady Cyclones host Johnson County for a single game at 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. The teams will play in Blackbottom.