T.A. Dugger bows to Junior Vikings

from staff reports

   While the T.A. Dugger baseball team failed to stack up with the Vance Jr. Vikings on Tuesday, the news wasn't all bad for the Junior Cyclones.
   "I thought our pitchers did a good job on the mound," said T.A. Dugger coach Jason Carter, whose club dropped 6-3 and 10-3 decisions at the Elizabethton High field. "We've just got to back up our pitchers a little bit better. Hopefully, we'll continue to improve as we get ready for our next game."
   Game 1 saw C.J. Campbell absorb the loss, but he pitched well enough to win, yielding just two earned runs.
   Jordan Hodges, Lance Reed, Campbell and Aaron Bradford tagged one hit apiece for the Jr. Cyclones, with Hodges banging out a three-run double.
   Christopher Dunbar was the Game 2 loser on the hill, but not before racking up nine strikeouts in a solid effort.
   Hodges led the way at the plate for the 'Betsy boys, collecting a pair of hits. Bo Carter and Wes Anderson added a hit apiece for a Cyclone team fortified with seventh-grade players.
   "We're playing a lot of young kids," Carter said. "Right now these young kids are having to step in and play against a lot of eighth-graders. They just have to step it up and play."
   T.A. Dugger, now 0-2 in the conference and 1-2 overall, ventures to Johnson City on Thursday for a 4 p.m. league doubleheader vs. Science Hill.