WINSTON COUNTY - The Addison Bulldogs rolled onto the Winston County High School campus Monday, March 29, and dominated their long-time rival on the baseball diamond, winning 16-6.
The Dawgs began loading bases and scoring runs in the top of the second. With Braden Luker on first and Mac Cagle on third, Cagle made it home after an error by the first baseman. Jed Wilkins reached base on an error. Ty Tuggle singled on a line drive to left field to bring Luker in. Wilkins and Tuggle each came across home plate to make it 4-0, Addison.
Addison added two more runs in the top of the fourth, courtesy of Will Tuggle and Brody Dollar, making it 6-0. The Yellow Jackets got their first run in the bottom of the frame, courtesy of Eli Moore, who had initially reached base on a double.
The Dawgs widened their lead in the top of the fifth, thanks to a fly ball by Will Tuggle, which allowed both Wilkins and Derrick Alexander to score. Cameron Thompson scored for Winston County in the bottom of the inning, and the score was 8-2, Addison.
The Dawgs had a great sixth inning, racking up three more runs, thanks to Cagle, Wilkins and Alexander. The Dawgs completed their scoring in the seventh inning stretch, beginning with a run by Will Tuggle after Jesse Brock was walked. With bases loaded, Briley Hayes hit a ground ball, reaching base and allowing both Nelson Martin and Dollar to score. Brock scored on a passed ball, and Hayes scored to give Addison a commanding 16-2 lead.
Austin Owens, Eli Edgil and Landon Kelley were all able to score for the Jackets in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough, and Addison won 16-6.
Martin started for Addison on the mound, going six and one-third innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out four.
Edgil led things off for the Yellow Jackets, surrending four runs on four hits over two innings, striking out one and walking one. Jacob Hill and Thompson came in as relief pitchers.
Dawgs claim victory in doubleheader
The Jackets traveled to Addison March 30, with expectations for a different outcome against their nemesis, but the Dawgs claimed victory in both games of the doubleheader.
The first game was a high-scorer, with Addison getting a 17-12 victory. The second game was much closer, but Addison pulled out the 9-8 victory.
The Yellow Jackets came out swinging in the top of the first frame, with four runs. Owens singled on a line drive, then Edgil sent one into left field, scoring a home run and bringing Owens in, too. Thompson singled later in the top of the first, driving Kelley and Moore both in to make it 4-0.
The Dawgs tied it up in the bottom of the first. Will Tuggle singled to load the bases, then Brock singled to left field, allowing Dollar and Martin to score. Cagle popped one into left field to drive Will Tuggle and Brock in, and the score was knotted at 4.
The Dawgs took the lead in the bottom of the second inning, with Dollar, Martin and Will Tuggle doing the honors, making it 7-4, Addison. Jacob Hill added a run for WCHS in the top of the third and Will Tuggle got his third run of the night in the bottom of the fourth to keep Addison ahead 8-5.
The Yellow Jackets got within striking distance in the top of the fifth. Edgil was walked, then stole second and third, later scoring on an error. Hill was able to make it to third on the same error, scoring on a separate error later in the frame, narrowing Addison’s lead to 8-7.
The Dawgs doubled their lead in the bottom of the inning. Will Tuggle got a double, allowing courtesy runner Lane Tubb to score and Martin to advance to third. Brock drove Martin in with a line drive. Cagle singled next, driving Will Tuggle in. Alexander doubled into left field, bringing Brock and Cagle across homeplate. Hayes, Alexander and Wilkins loaded the bases, then Ty Tuggle was walked, bringing Alexander home. Dollar singled, and Hayes and Wilkins both came across, giving Addison a commanding 16-7 lead.
The Yellow Jackets reached double digits in the top of the sixth. Ethan Morgan scored first after reaching base on an error. Declyn Mogan and Owens each singled, then Edgil singled, allowing Mogan to cross home plate. Zach Hill singled to right field, and Owens came across, narrowing Addison’s lead to 16-10.
The Dawgs got their last score inthe game in the bottom of the sixth, courtesy of Brock. Ethan Morgan and Kam Steele each scored in the top of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough, and Addison was the winner.
Ty Tuggle got the win for the Dawgs in the first game, striking out six and surrendering seven runs on six hits. Moore led off pitching for the Yellow Jackets, with Morgan and Steele both coming in for relief.
After a break, the two teams clashed again in the second game of the doubleheader. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, with Moore, Edgil, Zach Hill and Kelley each scoring in the top of the first. The Jackets kept the momentum going in the top of the third, with Kelley scoring again to make it 5-0.
The Dawgs got on the board in the bottom of the third, courtesy of a double by Dollar, which allowed Will Tuggle and Malaki Blakely both to score, and Winston County’s lead was narrowed to 5-2. Jack Wilson scored in the bottom of the fourth to make it 5-3, and Wilkins and Dollar both scored on a pop fly in the bottom of the fifth to tie it at 5.
The Dawgs took the lead in the sixth inning, with Jacxson Williams and Wilkins both scoring to make it 7-5, Addison.
The Jackets got back on top in the seventh. Steele tripled on a fly ball into right field. Eli Carroll was walked, then Steele stole home on an error. Zach Hill reached base after being hit by a pitch, then Kelley grounded one, bringing Carroll in. Kelley scored later in the inning to give WCHS the 8-7 lead.
The Dawgs claimed victory in the bottom of the seventh, with David Tuggle and Brock each crossing home plate to make it 9-8, Addison.
Tubb was on the mound for Addison, striking out 10, walking 1 and surrendering 5 runs on 9 hits.
Kelley was on the mound for WCHS, striking out 1, and surrending 2 runs on 3 hits over three innings. Zach Hill came in as relief, throwing 3 2/3 innings.
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