Unicoi Co. turns away Jr. 'Clones

from staff reports

   The pitching was better than average. Below-average fielding, however, held back the T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones on Thursday afternoon.
   The Jr. Cyclones, in their next-to-last date of the regular season, fell on the short end of a Middle Eight Conference doubleheader with Unicoi County, dropping 8-4 and 4-1 decisions.
   "Our defense made more errors than we scored runs," said TAD coach Jason Carter. "Defensively, we're just making too many mistakes. We have to do a much better job of backing our pitchers up.
   "Our pitching wasn't bad. I'm proud of our pitchers."
   Game 1 saw Daniel Simerly do a respectable job on the hill for the Jr. Cyclones, but errors helped the Patriots zip to an 8-1 lead and never look back.
   TAD had eight hits in the contest, led by Lance Reed, Jordan Hodges and Casey Crapps with two apiece. Daniel Simerly and Wes Anderson each added a hit.
   The Jr. Cyclones cooled off offensively in the second contest, getting a hit apiece from C.J. Campbell and Simerly.
   Thanks to a good job of pitching by Campbell, TAD was in the game till the end.
   On Tuesday TAD will close out the regular season with a makeup doubleheader at home against Ross Robinson. The Junior Cyclones will try to enter the conference tournament, which begins two days later at Kingsport's Hunter-Wright Stadium, on a positive note.
   "We've got a good chance of coming back and rebounding," Carter said. "We'll just try to keep getting better."