Twin T.A.Dugger boys helping push squad’s success

Published 2:58 pm Friday, July 15, 2022

Daniel Boone LL on to state tournament

Nolan and Lennox Loveday – twin seventh grader’s a T.A. Dugger Middle School – are near the forefront of a Regional tournament blitz that has propelled the Daniel Boone Little League 10-11 All-Stars to a sweep of the Region tournament and a spot in the state tournament.

“We went through all the proper channels to make sure the boys could play,” commented league commissioner Andrew Wine. “They have been all in as far as showing up and working their tails off to get better. They have put the team first and their commitment has never been in question.”

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Boone opened the tournament with a win over Johnson City National and was followed by a win over Bristol (Avoca) and then back-to-back wins over Johnson City American to secure the region title.

“They were real tough,” commented Nolan Loveday. “We had a rain delay that caused some problems because we were winning at the time and then had to wait two hours to get back on the field.”

Nolan – a pitcher, first baseman and third baseman – is also a Junior Cyclone football player and is looking forward to the challenge of playing other region champions, saying, “It will be a good challenge to see how we measure up against other teams like us.”

Lennox – a third baseman and first baseman – is also looking forward to the challenge saying, “We come out every day to practice and the coaches push us to get better every day. I’m excited about the opportunity to play against good teams and try to get to the next level.”

Boone will open the tournament on Saturday against Maryville and is the first time Daniel Boone’s LL All-Star visits the state tournament.

“This is our first time making it this far,” Wine said. “I’m proud of what these boys have accomplished and hope that we can take it even farther. We play in Goodlettsville and they always have a good team. If we make the championship, it will probably be against them.”

Samantha Loveday is the mother of the boys and she runs a rehabilitation center and supports her boys in every sport they play she said, “I don’t make it to every practice because of my work, but I try to never miss a game and I support them in everything they do. They are very competitive.”