Lady Jr. Cyclones pummel Sevier

from staff reports

   T.A. Dugger's girls softball team had an inning for the ages against Sevier Middle School on late Monday afternoon.
   The Lady Junior Cyclones busted loose for 23 second-inning runs in the second game of a Middle Seven Conference doubleheader, resulting in a 23-3 T.A. Dugger victory.
   "I thought we would beat them, but you never expect to score 23 runs in an inning," said Junior Cyclone coach Harry Farthing, whose team also won the opener, 9-2. "We didn't even steal a base. We just went from station to station."
   Following a scoreless first inning, TAD sent 27 batters to the plate in the second frame to make a winner out of starting pitcher Mary Edgar (4-1), who struck out four -- there were two passed balls -- and allowed no earned runs in just one inning of work.
   Brittany Smith also pitched an inning for TAD as the game was called after two innings of play.
   In one inning of offense, the Junior Cyclones' Brittani Brown went 2-for-2 with a triple, a double, six RBIs and a bases-loaded walk.
   Jessica Robinson turned in a 3-for-3 performance with three runs and an RBI, Michaela Pietrowski was 2-for-2, doubled and drove in four runs and Cassidy Blevins went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
   Ashley Cline added to the TAD riches with a 2-for-3, 1-RBI showing. Cameron Crapps chipped in a 1-for-2 effort with a double and a run driven in.
   Game one had Ryann Musick tossing a four-inning two-hitter, pushing her record to 4-2. Totaling five strikeouts, Musick was backed by solid defense as the Junior Cyclones committed just one error.
   Megan Heaton batted 2-for-2 with four RBIs while Lana Blevins added a 2-for-2 clip that included a run driven in.
   Edgar went 2-for-3 and Mikael Oliver 1-for-2 with a two-run triple.
   At 8-5, 9-5 overall, TAD closes out the regular season with a key conference game at Ross N. Robinson this Friday. These two teams will fill the No. 4 and 5 seeds in the Middle Seven tourney, meaning they will have a rematch in opening round of play.
   The Lady Cyclones need to win Friday's game to gain homefield advantage for that rematch.
   "The tournament should be wide open," Farthing said. "Anybody (seeded) one through six has a chance to win it. Vance, of course, with just the one loss, is the favorite to win it, but there's not a lot of difference between one and six."