1996 TCHS Baseball State Championship Team

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The 1996 GHSA Class A State Champion Toombs County High School Bulldogs
The 1996 GHSA Class A State Champion Toombs County High School Bulldogs- Ben Akins, Bryan Davis, Lyle Wilkes, Chris Kilgore, Vincent Faison, Jr., Chase Brantley, Brandon Hartley, Jeremy Joyner, Brian Mosley, Coach Steve Janousek, Cornelius Bullard, Dustin Edenfield, Wesley Hardee, Adam McBride, Rusty Robins, Michael Vaughn, Clayton Rushing, Clint Braddock and Coach Bobby Waller
The 20th Year Celebration of the 1996 State Championship Team
The 20th Year Celebration of the 1996 State Championship Team

Pictured from left- Catcher Adam McBride, left fielder Cornelius Bullard, outfielder Brian Mosley, shortstop and pitcher Jeremy Joyner, third baseman Brandon Hartley, second baseman and shortstop Chase Brantley, outfielder Clint Jarriel, first baseman and pitcher Chris Kilgore, catcher Bryan Davis and right fielder Ben Akins.

Not pictured- Lyle Wilkes, Vince Faison Jr., Dustin Edenfield, Wesley Hardee, Rusty Robbins, Michael Vaughn, Clayton Rushing and Clint Braddock. Head coach Steve Janousek and assistant coach Bobby Waller.

The 1996 team was honored before the Toombs County Bulldogs final game of the 2016 season. Watch a slideshow of the ceremony

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After their first 14 games, the 1996 GHSA Class A State Champion Toombs County Bulldogs weren’t playing like a potential state champ. In fact after a disappointing game at Metter coach Steve Janousek told everybody to roll up the windows on the bus. Coach J proceeded to straighten his talented team out. From that evening on the Bulldogs were invincible.

The Dawgs won the Sub Region Tournament with three victories- 14-3 over Montgomery County, 14-2 over Treutlen and 18-16 over that Metter team.

In the Region Tournament Toombs  swept Savannah Christian 13-3 and 16-3 and then the Bulldogs knocked off Bryan County 9-5 and 4-0.

In the GHSA State Tournament TCHS opened with a sweep of Seminole County 7-0 and 10-6 at home. The Bulldogs traveled down to Pearson and took care of Atkinson County 11-5 and 8-1.

In the semifinals, at Jacky Jones Field, Toombs County rolled over Calhoun 18-5 and 12-3 and then in the state championship doubleheader the Bulldogs excited a huge home crowd by dominating Irwin County 15-0 and 16-5.

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The 30-7 Bulldogs were state champions   

Listen to two state champs talk on Y-101 Radio about the thrill of winning it all.

Jeremy Joyner talks about the season prior to being honored on the 20th anniversary 

Chris Kilgore called into Y-101 Radio to talk about that amazing ’96 season

Toombs County High School 1996 Batting Statistics

# Roster GP PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI R SB SAC BB K AVG
Vince Faison 87 45 33 6 2 4 30 43 12 0 11 3 .517
Jeremy Joyner 122 50 33 10 2 5 47 51 24 4 14 9 .410
Chase Brantley 115 46 31 11 1 3 48 51 19 4 23 19 .400
Brandon Hartley 106 42 20 16 0 6 45 42 5 5 22 14 .396
Cornelius Bullard 107 41 30 6 2 3 30 41 29 1 24 19 .383
Wesley Hardee 86 31 23 7 1 0 29 22 3 0 13 13 .361
Chris Kilgore 94 31 18 7 0 6 40 31 3 3 27 28 .330
Bryan Davis 117 33 23 6 1 3 17 31 20 1 16 23 .282
Ben Akins 90 25 19 3 0 3 23 27 7 2 12 24 .278
Clint Jarriel 44 10 8 1 1 0 9 5 1 0 7 21 .227
 Totals     950 367    76  10  33  327  383      133  21   178 187  .386     
Toombs County High School 1996 Pitching Statistics
# Roster IP GP GS W L SV 2B 3B HR H R ER BB K ERA WHIP
Jeremy Joyner 88.1 13 3 1 9 0 2 82 44 24 30 98 1.90 1.27
Wesley Hardee 68.2 11 0 0  8  2 5 60 39 21 37 68 2.14 1.41
Dustin Edenfield 36 4 3 0 4 0 3 27 31 21 37 36 4.08 1.78
Chris Kilgore 25 2 1 0 6 1 1 27 16 12 14 20 3.36 1.64
Chase Brantley 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.00
Clint Jarriel 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 5 4 3.50 3.00
Totals 223     30 7 1 27 3 11 197 133 79 122 129   2.48 1.43
 
 Pictures from 1996
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