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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Lone Grove stays perfect with win over Dickson

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  • DICKSON — Lone Grove may not have a big senior class to lean on, but their juniors seem to be doing just fine.
    Dillon Atkinson was 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to lead an offensive onslaught for the Longhorns in a 14-1 win in four innings over Dickson on Thursday.
    Lone Grove jumped out to a 10-run first inning before coasting to the victory, picking up eight hits in the opening frame and 15 for the contest overall.
    "We did a really good job of coming out in the first inning focusing at the plate and grinding out some at-bats," Lone Grove coach Jake Melton said. "I'm proud of the way we swung today."
    Lone Grove (5-0) has jumped out to a strong start this season, something Melton has attributed to his young group's enthusiasm and competitive nature.
    "We're only really bringing back three starters from last year and this group has battled through some close games so far," Melton said. "You add in our pitching and defense, and it will keep you in those games."
    The Longhorns got a good day out of starting pitcher Jacob Stewart, who threw the complete four innings while allowing just the lone run on two hits while striking out eight.
    "He threw the ball pretty well today, and when he throws strikes he's really good," Melton said. "We feel like we've got a lot of pitching depth, guys we can throw into the rotation."
    Every Longhorn starter picked up at least one hit in the contest, and while there were no home runs, Melton was pleased with the contact and good swings the group produced.
    The squad also showed good patience at the plate, picking up seven walks against just four strikeouts.
    "We're not going to go out there and bang it out of the ballpark," Melton said. "We've got guys that will do whatever it takes to get on base and play good fundamental baseball."
    Aaron Hamilton was 3-for-4 with a 2-run double, while Bryce Newton added three hits of his own for Lone Grove.
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