On a cold and windy day with temperatures in the 40’s and gusts up to 25 miles per hour, the Toombs County Bulldogs put in a full 9 to 4 day on their first day of practice.
Among the seniors getting ready for the 2016 season is Nick Curtis. Last year he played third base and pitched and he is looking forward to opening day. “I am very, very excited especially with the team we have this year. I have so much confidence in them. ” Curtis said after working on his hitting in the cage. “Our coaches are doing well with us. I think we are going to have a great year.”
A key factor that kept the Bulldogs from making the state playoffs for a third straight year was hitting. The Dawgs lost six one-run games. “Hitting was our main liability last year,” senior Logan McGowan said. “”We are really young, but all our guys are going to work out and get a lot of things done and do well this season.”
The pitching staff lost Tyler Luke to graduation. Luke had a 1.81 ERA in his senior season and teams hit only .165 against the right-hander. The staff has added a former Bulldog lefty to the mix. Alston, Williams, who attended Pinewood Christian Academy last year, has returned for his senior season. Williams says he has altered his pitching style. “I have been trying to stay more consistent instead of trying to throw the ball harder, just trying to place the ball, be a strike thrower instead of trying to blow it by people because that’s not the kind of pitcher I am.”
Head coach Brian Fitzgerald leads a coaching staff which includes two former Bulldogs- Nick Hayes is back for his second year and Patrick Craft, who wrapped up his playing career at Brewton-Parker College last season, has joined the staff. Also returning are Hunter Adams and Rusty Beasley.
2016 Toombs County High School Baseball Schedule
Monday, February 15 Claxton at Toombs County 5 p.m. (scrimmage)
Tuesday, February 23, Jenkins at Toombs County 5:45 p.m.
Friday, February 26, Toombs County at Islands 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 27 Toombs County at Vidalia 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1 Johnson at Toombs County 5:45 p.m.
Friday, March 4 Beach at Toombs County 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 Vidalia at Toombs County 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8 Toombs County at SEB 5:30 p.m
Friday, March 11 Dodge at Toombs County 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15 Toombs County at Appling Co 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 17 Swainsboro at Toombs County 5:45 p.m.
Friday, March 18 Toombs County at Brantley Co. 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 22 Pierce Co. at Toombs County 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24 Toombs County at Swainsboro 5:30 p.m.
Friday, March 25 Toombs County at Tattnall County 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29 Toombs County at Dodge County 5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 1 Appling County at Toombs County 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 5 Brantley County at Toombs County 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6 Bacon County at Toombs County 5:45 p.m.
Friday, April 8 Toombs County at Pierce County 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12 Tattnall County at Toombs County 5:45 p.m.
2016 Toombs County Junior Varsity Baseball Schedule
Tuesday, February 16 Toombs County at Appling Co. 5 p.m.
Thursday, February 18 Metter at Toombs County 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 27 Toombs County at Vidalia 11 a.m.
Monday, February 29 Toombs County at ECI 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2 Toombs County at Metter 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 Vidalia at Toombs County 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 10 ECI at Toombs County 5:30 p.m.
Monday, March 14 Claxton at Toombs County 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 Toombs Couty at Tattnall Co. 11 a.m. (doubleheader)
Thursday, March 24 Toombs County at Swainsboro 4 p.m.
Monday, March 28 Toombs County at Claxton 5 p.m.
Monday, April 4 Appling Co. at Toombs County 5:30 p.m.