T.A. Dugger dominates Jonesborough Middle Tigers

Published 2:44 pm Friday, March 22, 2024

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By Ron Marvel

Star Correspondent

There are signs this T.A. Dugger could be a real threat in the middle school standings this season, as they improved to 9-0. Thursday night’s game served as a prime example, as they simply shellacked the Jonesborough Middle School team at Persimmon Ridge.

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Ryan Jones helped spark the offense with three base hits, but he was joined by a cast of Cyclones in the onslaught. The big inning came in the third, as T.A. Dugger scored nine runs, highlighted by a Nolan Loveday double to deep center that unloaded the bases. Jones and Bo Armstrong joined in the fun by collecting singles in the decisive inning. Alister Sumner also collected three base hits in the game.

The Junior Cyclones would collect an impressive 10 hits in just three innings of work as they would mercy rule the Tigers. Mason Treadway and Jacob Clevinger would look dominant on the rubber and the duo would combine for a no-hitter. Post-game Head Coach T.A. Dugger Baseball would talk about his team’s growth the first month of the season “Our kids have really bought into our program; we have just got to keep playing our baseball. They are busting their buts each day we just have to commit to getting better each day in order to keep building on what we are doing. We have played a lot of games this last week, so we need to find some practice time” Hardin shared.

Junior Varsity- T.A. Dugger 13 JBO Middle 0

The JV squad followed the lead of their older counterparts as they also breezed past the Tigers. The Cyclones had 10 base hits to go with 10 walks in the game. Cooper Keinsmith, Callen Reed, Nathan McKeehan, Ryan Riberio, Levi Yancey, and Ryan Presnell all had base hits for the Cyclones.

On the mound, Kleinsmith went two innings and threw a no-hitter, chalking up four strikeouts.