Junior Cyclones earn surprise split with SH

from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- Science Hill has been labeled as the baseball team to beat this year in the Middle Eight Conference this year, and the Junior Hilltoppers showed just why in the front end of a league doubleheader with T.A. Dugger on Thursday.
   However, after Science Hill posted a 10-0 victory, the Junior Cyclones decided to run the fox out of the henhouse, winning Game 2 by a 12-8 score in extra innings.
   "That was a big win," coach Jason Carter said of his Junior Cyclones' seven-inning triumph. "Obviously, there was a big difference from Game 1 to Game 2. We sucked it up in the second game and really played well. Our bats were much better, and even though the defense still needs to improve, it looked better tonight.
   "Obviously, improvement was made tonight, and hopefully we'll continue to get better. It was a total team effort."
   Christopher Dunbar picked up the pitching win for T.A. Dugger, and Daniel Simerly worked the seventh to earn a save.
   "Both kids had their backs to the wall and both did a great job," Carter said.
   C.J. Campbell put together a terrific effort at the plate for the Junior Cyclones, banging out three hits. Zach Montgomery contributed a solid two-hit performance, and Lance Reed, Wes Anderson, Daniel Simerly and Nolan Childers added one hit apiece to a nine-hit TAD output.
   The first contest saw T.A. Dugger held to two hits, with Wendell Loving and Campbell collecting one each.