TAD girls rout Robinson

By Travis Brown
STAR Staff

   With tough opponents looming close on the schedule, the T.A. Dugger Lady Cyclones continue to hone their skills. Friday saw the Jr. Cyclones take both ends of a double header against the Ross Robinson Redskins, 11-1 and 12-2.
   Head Coach Harry Farthing has seen solid improvement in the program this year, and hopes the wave will continue into next week.
   "We are playing real well right now," Farthing said. "Next week we'll find out how good we are."
   The first game of the double-dip started off well for the Lady Cyclones. After retiring the Redskins quietly in the top half of the first, the Jr. Cyclones broke out the lumber in the home half.
   Doubles by Michaela Pietrowski, Mikael Oliver and Jasmine Treadway helped contribute to a five-run first inning. Opening up the big lead allowed pitcher Mary Edgar to relax within the confines of a lead, an opportunity she would not forego.
   Edgar only surrendered one earned run, and it would come in the second inning. Erika Snapp doubled to center field, and came home to score on a sacrifice by Emily Matherly. Edgar recovered and struck out the next two hitters to silence the threat.
   After silencing the Redskins in the second, the Cyclones did not allow another offensive outburst. Meanwhile they were focused on scoring some of their own.
   Three insurance runs in the third inning, and another three in the fourth, were enough to stop the contest due to the mercy rule and secure the 11-1 victory.
   The second contest saw the same script, only read by different players, as pitcher Brittany Smith got the nod en route to a solid performance.
   Farthing was very pleased with his team's overall pitching performance.
   "Mary (Edgar) is now 4-0 on the season, and she is doing well," Farthing said. "And its key for us to get a solid number two pitcher in Brittany."
   Once again the Jr. Cyclone offense came to play, delivering five runs in the first inning thanks to singles by Pietrowski and Oliver, and a double by Kendall Blackston.
   While the Cyclones were gaining the advantage, Smith was finding her stride, as she sat down the Redskins in order in the bottom of the first inning.
   Her only problems would come in the second and third innings, as a leadoff walk and a bean ball resulted in two runs for Ross Robinson.
   While the Redskins were manufacturing runs, the Cyclones were scoring in bunches. One run in the second, two in the third and a four-run explosion in the top of the fourth put the Cyclones up by 10 heading to the bottom of the fourth.
   Robinson was in need of at least one run to ward off the mercy rule, but the comeback bid was silenced by some solid defense.
   A line drive to second was snared by Oliver, who quickly fired to first to pick off the stranded runner and clear the bases. Smith responded by striking out the next hitter to end the game, and take home the 12-2 win.
   With the pair of wins behind them, Farthing is looking ahead to some tough competition as the Cyclones will face Science Hill and Vance next week.
   "We hit the ball well, and we are hitting from top to bottom," Farthing said. "My eighth graders are hitting the ball, and when I put in the young kids they make plays.
   "We're about to find out how good we are."