Jr. Cyclones sting Vance

from staff reports

   Vance came in with the bigger reputation. That reputation was of little help to the Junior Vikings Friday afternoon.
   Pounding out 21 hits on the day, Middle Seven Conference upstart T.A. Dugger swept to 15-3, 7-4 baseball victories over the Vikes.
   This impressive display catapulted TAD to the top of the Middle Seven standings, unfamiliar ground for the Junior Cyclones (7-1).
   "We're pretty happy about that," said TAD coach Jason Carter. "We're making a little bit of noise, and we're kind of coming from nowhere. To now be the talk of the conference, it's neat to be in that situation."
   Vance entered Friday's games with just one loss on the year, but didn't get far against the Orange & Black.
   Game 1 saw TAD's Adam Grindstaff (3-1) do a fine job on the mound and Cory Pearson go 3-for-3 at the plate. Grindstaff and Ryan Kennedy contributed two hits apiece, with Preston Smith, Nick McNeal and J.C. Atkinson each adding one hit to an 11-hit assault.
   Although the second game was more competitive, Pearson (4-0) kept his perfect pitching record intact and Kennedy cranked out a 3-for-3 offensive performance.
   Josh Guinn, Travis Bishop, Aaron Bray, J.C. Atkinson, Cory Pearson, Grindstaff and McNeal chipped in a hit each.
   "Every player on the team made some kind of contribution today, whether it be with defense, a stolen base or as a pinch-runner," Carter said. "It you want to talk about a team effort, this was the one."