Toombs County senior pitcher Nick Curtis shutout the Brantley County Herons from the third through the seventh innings to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-2 home win improving the Bulldogs subregion record to 3-4 with three games to play in Region 1 AAA.
Curtis gave up four singles and two earned runs in the second inning and then shut the door on the Herons by retiring eight in a row and until Garrett Jewett stroked a single in the fifth inning. In the sixth Mikel Collins hit a double and Curtis left him on third base by recording his sixth strikeout.
Curtis improved his record to 3-4 by pitching his fifth complete game. He allowed seven hits and struck out eight Herons. For the second straight game Curtis did not walk a batter. In his last 23 2/3 innings Curtis has walked only one batter- a third inning walk against Pierce County. Nick has pitched 18 1/3 consecutive innings without issuing a walk.
On defense the Bulldogs did not make an error as they caught seven balls hit in the air and handled five ground balls.
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Lane Adams reached on ball hit to second base and George Lucke was hit by a pitch. Logan McGowan started his 3-for-3 game with a two run double. Hunter Smith tied the game in the top of the second with a two-out, two run single.
D.R. Meadows opened up the bottom of the third inning by reaching on an infield hit and he took second base on a bad throw. Adams bunted him to third and reached on the play. Lucke drove in Meadows with a sacrifice fly. In that inning the Bulldogs had a runner thrown out at home plate and they lost a runner between second and third in a run down.
Seeking insurance in the bottom of the sixth, Toombs loaded the bases with nobody out and then didn’t score a single run. Two pitches were hit to center, but they neither was sent deep enough to drive in a run.
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