T.A. Dugger discards Unicoi, Church Hill

from staff reports

   The T.A. Dugger baseball team was never in danger of hitting the panic button on Friday evening or Saturday afternoon as the Junior Cyclones breezed right through a pair of Middle Eight Conference doubleheaders.
   Saturday's action saw TAD travel to Erwin and pound out 20 hits in a 12-0, 11-0 sweep of Unicoi County.
   "These were big conference wins for us," said TAD head coach Jason Carter. "Our bats are finally coming alive. Our hitting was extremely good and our pitching was really good. We're playing pretty well right now, as we're getting ready for tournaments. We'll just go from here and see what happens."
   Game 1 had TAD riding a two-hitter from pitcher Nick McNeal and a solid offense topped by Weston Isaacs, Preston Smith and Josh Guinn with two hits apiece.
   Drew Hyder, Cory Hilton and Austin Taylor each chipped in one hit to a nine-hit Jr. Cyclone attack.
   In the second tilt, Josh Guinn pitched the victory by yielding just one hit, and Isaacs closed the door to register the save.
   Josh Hutchins, Hilton, McNeal and Guinn had two hits apiece to anchor an 11-hit TAD effort. Wes Anderson, Taylor and Smith all added one hit.
   On Friday at Elizabethton High, the Junior Cyclones set the tone for the Unicoi games by claiming a pair of 10-0 victories over Church Hill.
   Isaacs hurled a one-hitter in the first game, and the T.A. Dugger boys complemented that good pitching with a 12-hit attack led by Hyder with three hits.
   Travis Bishop, Andrew Kennedy and Taylor added two hits each for the Junior Cyclones, who got one hit apiece from Anderson, Smith and Isaacs.
   Equaling the feat of Isaacs, Taylor took the mound in Game 2 and also pitched a one-hitter.
   Kennedy topped T.A. Dugger at the plate with a two-hit showing, while Hyder, Taylor, Hilton, Smith, Hutchins, Blake Hopson and Bishop banged out one hit each.
   "Our hitting was very good tonight," said Carter.