TAD girls upend mighty Vance

from staff reports

   It was no ordinary day for Middle Seven Conference softball.
   Friday afternoon T.A. Dugger's Lady Junior Cyclones handed Vance its first loss in two seasons, posting a 4-1 victory in the second game of a league doubleheader in Elizabethton.
   "It always feels good when you can end somebody's undefeated season," said T.A. Dugger coach Harry Farthing. "It guess it proves that when we play well, we can beat anybody in the league."
   Vance captured the opener by a 7-0 score, with the Lady Cyclones committing five errors.
   "We didn't play very well that first game," Farthing said. "They had seven runs, and they probably should have scored one or two. We just gave it to them.
   "That second game we came out and took it to them a little bit."
   Game two saw little Mary Edgar (3-1) twirl a three-hitter at the Junior Vikings, striking out five batters as T.A. Dugger upped its record to 6-5 in the Middle Seven and 7-5 overall.
   The 'Betsy girls set the tone for this victory by tagging Vance's very fine pitcher, Kara Faidley, for a three-run cluster in the second inning.
   "We hit her pretty hard," Farthing said. "She may have never lost a game. We got her a little bit rattled by scoring three, and Mary pitched an outstanding game for us. She kept them off-balance a little bit."
   Vance tallied a run in the fourth before TAD added an insurance run it wouldn't need in the fifth.
   The Lady Vikings, however, did load the bases in the fifth with no outs. TAD, though, worked its way out of this jam without sustaining a scratch.
   The Lady Cyclones totaled five hits, with Lana Blevins (triple), Cameron Crapps (double), Edgar (double), Ashley Cline (double) and Megan Heaton (single) collecting one apiece.
   Sharrett and Kara Faidley each batted 1-for-3 to pace Vance.
   The first contest quickly went the way of the Lady Vikings, who tallied four runs in the first inning, then rode a one-hitter from the arm of Faidley.
   Blevins dented the lone hit for the Lady Cyclones, who were coming off a sweep of Science Hill.
   "We had a pretty good week," Farthing said.
   T.A. Dugger continues conference play this Monday, hosting Sevier at 4 p.m.