TCHS Bulldogs pull out a nine inning win over Dodge County

The Bulldogs celebrate a wet nine inning win
The Bulldogs celebrate a wet nine inning win
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An artist’s rendering of the Bulldogs’ celebration

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Three days after the Toombs County Bulldogs lost a nine-inning game at Southeast Bulloch, the Dawgs won a nine inning home game over Dodge County 5-4 on a ground ball, to second, off Martin Stephens’s bat which scored George Lucke from third base. Watch a Salaine Meadows slideshow

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George Lucke plants himself at third base to lead off the ninth inning

Lucke led off the ninth hitting the ball into left for a hit and the ball got by the fielder and Lucke wound up at third base. Dodge County head coach Matt Herring intentionally walked Jordan Usher and Christian Conley, who combined drove in the first three Bulldog runs, to load the bases with nobody out for Stephens. The sophomore first baseman, who was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts, fell behind in the count 0-and-2. But, the left-handed hitter was able to pull the ball to the right side. Aaron Kitchens fielded the ball and the second baseman’s throw to the plate was high allowing Lucke to slide in feet first with the winning run for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs watch George Lucke slide into home with the game wining run
The Bulldogs watch George Lucke slide into home with the game wining run

Jordan Usher put Toombs County up 2-0 in the second driving in Lucke, who reached on an error, with a big swing at a J.T. Shield’s fastball. HIs massive drive cleared the left center field fence for a rare Jacky Jones home run. The Bulldogs first over the fence homer since Tyler Luke knocked one out at Cook County in the 2014 state playoffs.

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The Dodge left fielder watches Jordan Usher’s home run sail into the trees
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Jordan Usher begins his first Bulldog home run trot between first and second base
Jordan Usher lands on home plate
Jordan Usher lands on home plate
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Jordan Usher is greeted by all his teammates at the plate

Dodge scored single runs in the third and fourth to tie the game at 2. Clint Thompson doubled in a run in the third and an error scored the run in the fourth. Christian Conley singled in a run in the bottom of the fourth to put TCHS back on top 3-2 and then Thompson singled in an unearned run in the fifth to tie the game at 3-all.

Christian Conley with coach Hunter Adams after his fourth inning RBI hit
Christian Conley with coach Hunter Adams after his fourth inning RBI hit

D.R. Meadows walked, with one out, and scored on an error in the fifth to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead and that slim margin held up until the seventh when Dodge scored a run on a Bulldog error to tie the game with two outs.

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D.R. Meadows slides in with a fifth inning run

Nick Curtis pitched 6 1/3 innings and then turned the game over to Meadows, who threw seven inning on Tuesday. D.R. fielded a grounder and threw out a runner at home plate in the seventh and induced a double-play ball to end the eighth. He rolled through the ninth with two fly balls and a strikeout to pick up the win. He is 3-0 this season and 6-1 with the varsity lifetime and he is 2-0 versus Dodge County.

Shields, who throws in the mid to upper 80’s, pitched seven innings and allowed four hits and struck out 10 batters.

TCHS improves to 7-2 and 1-0 in the subregion. Last year the Bulldogs opened up the sub with a 1-0 loss  at Dodge.

The last six combined Bulldog varsity and junior varsity games have been decided by one run with the varsity winning two games and the junior varsity one.

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Nick Curtis pitched 6 1/3 innings in an intense game

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
DOODGE COUNTY 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 5 6
TOOMBS COUNTY 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 4
Dodge County
Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
Thompson 5 0 1 1 0 1
Shields 4 0 0 0 0 0
Pruett 4 0 1 0 0 0
Davis 3 1 2 0 0 1
Rice 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barton 4 0 0 0 0 1
Burch 2 0 0 0 2 0
Kitchens 4 2 1 0 0 1
C Coleman 3 1 0 0 1 2
Cummings 3 0 0 0 0 2
Crawford 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 4 5 1 3 8
Batting

2B: Thompson, Davis
TB: Thompson 2, Pruett, Davis 3, Kitchens
RBI: Thompson
ROE: Thompson, Shields, Kitchens
FC: Thompson, Pruett
HBP: Davis
CI: Crawford
GIDP: Barton, Kitchens
SB: Thompson, Davis, Kitchens 2, King 2

Totals

Team QAB: 11 (29.73%)
Thompson 2, Pruett, Davis, Barton, Burch 2, C Coleman 3, Cummings

Team LOB: 8

Fielding

E: Pruett, Barton 2, Kitchens 2, Cummings

Toombs County
Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
DR Meadows 3 1 0 0 1 1
Lane Adams 4 0 0 1 0 1
Logan McGowan 4 0 1 0 0 2
Nick Curtis 4 0 0 0 0 2
Jalen Mobley 1 1 0 0 0 0
George Lucke 4 2 1 0 0 0
Jordan Usher 3 1 1 2 1 2
Christian Conley 3 0 1 1 1 0
Martin Stephens 3 0 0 1 0 2
Dalton McBride 2 0 0 0 0 2
Brock Harrison 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tristan Lynn
Bryce DeLoach
Totals 32 5 4 5 3 12
Batting

2B: George Lucke
HR: Jordan Usher
TB: George Lucke 2, Logan McGowan, Christian Conley, Jordan Usher 4
RBI: Lane Adams, Martin Stephens, Christian Conley, Jordan Usher 2
ROE: George Lucke 2, Lane Adams, Martin Stephens, Nick Curtis
SB: George Lucke, Christian Conley, Jalen Mobley
CS: Logan McGowan

Totals

Team QAB: 12 (34.29%)
DR Meadows 2, George Lucke 2, Logan McGowan 2, Nick Curtis, Christian Conley, Jordan Usher 4

Team LOB: 3

Fielding

E: Lane Adams 2, Dalton McBride 2
DP: DR Meadows, Bryce DeLoach

Dodge County
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
Shields 7.0 106 .689 4 4 1 10 1 1
Pruett 1.0 14 .929 2 1 1 2 2 0
Totals 8.0 120 .717 6 5 2 12 3 1
Pitching

L: Pruett
Pitches-Strikes: Shields 106-73, Pruett 14-13
Groundouts-Flyouts: Shields 6-4, Pruett 1-0
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Shields 23-28, Pruett 5-7

Toombs County
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
Nick Curtis 6.0 74 .676 4 4 1 6 1 0
DR Meadows 3.0 46 .609 1 0 0 2 2 0
Totals 9.0 120 .650 5 4 1 8 3 0
Pitching

W: DR Meadows
HBP: Nick Curtis
Pitches-Strikes: DR Meadows 46-28, Nick Curtis 74-50
Groundouts-Flyouts: DR Meadows 2-2, Nick Curtis 5-5
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: DR Meadows 6-13, Nick Curtis 15-24

Toombs County versus Dodge County- a history of close games

2015

Luke pitches another 1-hitter and doesn’t win again

For the second time in two weeks Toombs County senior pitcher Tyler Luke pitched a one-hitter and his Bulldogs didn’t win the game. Two weeks to date of his nine inning one-hitter home loss to Islands, Luke pitched a six inning one-hitter at Dodge and once again TCHS lost by a single run, this time it was 1-0 Watch a Salain Meadows Slideshow

In his four 2015 starts Luke has pitched 27 1/3 innings and has allowed only 12 hits and five earned runs. His earned run average is 1.01 and opponents are batting .126 against the right-hander. Tyler’s record is 0-2 with two no decisions. He had a no decsion against Vidalia in which he pitched 5 1/3 and left with the Bulldogs leading 4-1 and he took a no decision at Jenkins. In that game he pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and allowed one earned run with nine strikeouts and no walks. He left the game with the scored tied at one and TCHS lost 2-1 in the eighth on a pass ball.

Luke’s mound opponent was just as tough on the Dawgs. Lance Pruett yielded two hits and no walks while striking out eight Toombs County batters.

Both teams broke up a double no-hitter in the fourth inning. TCHS leadoff hitter D.R. Meadows (1-for-3) led off the top of the inning smacking the first pitch down the third base line and off the bag for the first hit of the game. Lane Adams laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to the right of home plate advancing Meadows to second and a grounder moved him to third where he was stranded.

In the bottom of the fourth Luke walked Cain Petersen- the third of four Indians who received a free pass. Chandler Davis (1-for-2 with a walk) singled and then, with Peterson at third, Clint Thompson hit a sacrifice fly to center to score the only run of the game.

The Bulldogs had one more scoring opportunity. In the fifth, with two outs, senior Cole Dowd (1-for-2), who was starting his first varsity baseball game, worked the count to 3-2 and then smashed a pitch into the gap in right field for a double. Pruitt took over from that point and retired the next seven Bulldogs in a row to end the subregion game. The Bulldogs are 1-8 and 0-1. Toombs has lost four one-run games- all with Luke as the starting pitcher.

2012

Dawgs tie one and lose one

In their Diamond Day at Jacky Jones Field, the Toombs County Bulldogs played to a 1-all, seven inning draw with Dodge County and then let a 5-0 lead get away in the final two innings as they lost to East Laurens 12-5.

Game One- The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the first inning on an error and two walks. However, Jordan Smith, Dodge County’s starting pitcher struck out the the Dawgs four, five and six hitters to end the threat. Smith struck out the first two hitters in the second to give him five straight K’s. For the second straight game the Bulldogs didn’t stroke a hit in their first two innings. In fact Efrain Quinterro ended Smith’s no-hitter with one-out in the fourth on a single to right field that bounced off Jordan Perdue’s face. Freshman Ben Brantley stroked his first varsity hit and put the Bulldogs up 1-0 with a double to left center field that hit the fence on a bounce. The Bulldogs would stroke just one more hit in the game in the seventh inning on a two-out single by senior Trey Wingate.

Dodge County tied the game in the fifth on an amazing at bat by Perdue, the leadoff hitter. He fouled off nine pitches from reliever Jeremy Beasley before finally getting hit by a pitch on a 3-2 offering, with the bases loaded, to push across the tying run.

2010

TCHS Bulldogs repeat as Region 3B Champs

King homers and strikes out 14 in 8 inning thriller

For the second straight year the Toombs County Bulldogs clinched the Region 3B title by beating Dodge County on the last day of the subregion season. Javec King hit a solo homer in the fourth, reached on a two-out error in the eighth that allowed Patrick Craft to score and the senior pitched a complete game four-hitter with 14 strikeouts as Toombs held off Dodge 2-1 in eight thrilling innings in Eastman.

King’s fifth home run of the season came with one out in the fourth as he smashed the ball over the center field fence. The Indians tied the game at one in the bottom of the inning when their pitcher Clint Taylor doubled to right center scoring Christian Miller, who singled with one out. The Bulldogs had two chances to take the lead in regulation. However, they left a runner at third in the sixth and made an out at third in the seventh.

Patrick Craft led off the eighth with a double to left field and moved to third on a grounder and then he scored when King hit a grounder to short and the throw to first was way off the bag. In the bottom of the eighth Brandon Beck led off with a walk and he was eliminated at second when third baseman Josh Allen dove to his left and fielded a grounder and then threw to second base for the second out of the inning. The game’s final out was recorded at third when Allen caught a pick off throw from King and then put on the tag to end an intense classic game.

King improved his record to 8-0 by pitching the final seven innings from the stretch. He walked two in the first and then made the change in his delivery and walked just two more the rest of the way. He also struck out two batters in each of the first seven innings. The Bulldogs are 20-1 and 10-0 in Region 3B.

Bulldogs storm back in the 7th inning

In winning 41 of their last 50 games dating back to the end of the 2008 season the Toombs County Bulldogs have pulled of quite a few amazing comebacks. However, none was more improbable than the Bulldogs 6-5 home win over Dodge County. Toombs entered the bottom of the seventh with just three hits off starter Brandon Beck.

With one down Stacy Cheshire jumped on the first pitch and singled. Brett Jernigan followed with another single and then Patrick Craft doubled in Cheshire to make it 5-2. Lance Mosley’s grounder to second base made it 5-3 and Josh Allen, who went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, singled to pull the Dawgs to within a run with two outs. Javec King singled by the the Indians shortstop to tie the game and then Berry Aldridge competed the comeback with a backside single to right center field to give the Bulldogs their third comeback victory in a week. Watch the 7th inning with head coach Brian Fitzgerald Video and watch with Y-101 play-by-play Video

Javec King (5-0) pitched a complete game and struck out 10 while allowing five hits and no walks. All the runs scored by Dodge were unearned as the Bulldogs made six errors against the Indians’ bunting offense. The win gives TCHS (14-1) the lead in Region 3B with a 5-0 record. Dodge is 4-1.

2009

The Bulldogs are Region 3B champs!

King throws 2-hitter & Rodgers drives in 2 runs

In their second attempt the Toombs County Bulldogs won the Region 3B title with a combination of dominant pitching by Javec King and timely hitting by Neal Rodgers. Rodgers singled to center field in the first and fourth innings to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead and King pitched a complete game two-hitter with 10 strikeouts and just one walk as the Bulldogs beat Dodge County 3-1 in Lyons. King is 6-1 and he has now pitched back-to-back two hitters against Dublin and Dodge. The Bulldogs are 16-5 and they finish their sub region schedule with an 8-2 record.

2008

Bulldogs give and take in 10-9 win at Dodge County

In losses to Pierce County and Bleckley County, the Toombs County Bulldogs opened up big leads only to watch them slip away as those potential victories turned into tough loses. In Eastman the Bulldogs built up a 9-1 lead on a Justin Adams two-run home run in the first inning and Neal Rodgers’ three-run homer in the third and solo blast in the fourth.

Dodge County scored eight straight runs and tied the game at nine in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI hit by Jared Reaves. The Bulldogs pulled out their first region win when Blake Chaulkley singled in Lonzo Skinner with one-out in the seventh to give TCHS a 10-9 victory. Trey Mosley, working in relief of Rodgers, was the winning pitcher.