Lady Jr. Cyclones drop Science Hill

from staff reports

   T.A. Dugger's Lady Junior Cyclones were feeling good vibrations on Monday afternoon, resulting in a 7-0, 5-2 sweep of visiting Science Hill in Middle Seven Conference softball play.
   "This was by far the best hitting game we've had all year," said Lady Cyclone coach Harry Farthing. "We're really starting to hit the ball."
   This is no exaggeration. TAD pounded out 19 hits on the day, including 13 in game one.
   Catcher Cameron Crapps (.575 B.A.) served as the overall leader for the Lady Cyclones, batting 5-for-6 and throwing out four of five baserunners -- she's thrown out 12 on the year -- during the doubleheader.
   Crapps went 3-for-3 in the opener to back a nice three-hitter from pitcher Ryann Musick (3-1), who struck out four and walked none in recording her second straight shutout.
   Brittany Smith (1 RBI) and Ashley Cline (1 run) added 2-for-3 showings for TAD, followed by Tia Nave (double, 1 RBI, 1 run), Victoria Hopson (1 RBI, 1 run, 1 stolen base) and Mikael Oliver (1 RBI) at 1-for-2 each. Katie Hubbard batted 1-for-3 with a double, one RBI and a run scored.
   Showing the way for the Junior Hilltoppers was Savannah Drilling, who batted 2-for-2 with a double.
   Mary Edgar took care of business on the mound in game two, overcoming four walks to throw a one-hitter at her opponent.
   Edgar (2-1), who totaled three strikeouts, had plenty of help from Crapps, who doubled, drove in a run and stole a base in a 2-for-3 effort.
   Hopson (1-for-2) delivered a smash triple and RBI, Jessica Robinson batted 1-for-2 with a run and stolen base, and Hubbard (double) and Oliver (1 run, 1 RBI) both chipped in at 1-for-3.
   Terra Samples was tops for Science Hill, going 1-for-2 with a run.
   "Musick continues to pitch really well," Farthing said. "Her control is good and she's getting a high number of strikeouts. Edgar is tiny, and she's a little fireball. Our pitching has been great all year.
   "Crapps is clearly the best catcher in the league and our defense has been pretty good most of the year."
   As far as the Lady Cyclone bats go, the use of whiffle balls in practice is leading to a surge of TAD productivity.
   "Our hand speed has improved and we're hitting line drives," Farthing said. "As the temperature warms up, our bats are starting to warm up. I'm proud of my hitters. If our hitting continues to improve, with the way our pitching has been, we could be a dangerous team by tournament time."
   Now 5-4 in the conference and 6-4 overall, the Lady Cyclones host Vance in an important Middle Seven doubleheader this Friday. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.