TAD knocked from tourney

from staff reports

   T.A. Dugger was bidding for an upset in the opening round of the Middle Eight Conference baseball tournament on Thursday. It wasn't until the fifth inning that the Junior Cyclone hopes started to fade.
   Taking advantage of a late rash of T.A. Dugger miscues in the field, Ross Robinson was able to register a 15-5 victory at J. Fred Johnson Stadium and end the Jr. Cyclones' season.
   "I wish we could have won more games this year," said TAD coach Jason Carter. "We played a lot of young kids, and hopefully we can rebound next year."
   The Juniors Cyclones were locked in a 5-5 tie heading into the fifth, thanks in part to a C.J. Campbell two-run homer that easily cleared the 330-foot left-field wall.
   "It was definitely a big-time home run," Carter said.
   T.A. Dugger had four other hits in the contest, with Lance Reed, Bo Carter, Daniel Simerly and Zach Montgomery denting one apiece.
   Carter will be losing a half-dozen players off this year's club.
   "We're sending six solid eighth-graders to the high school next year," Carter said. "I'm extra proud of their effort this year."