For a game three there wasn’t much drama. The Houston County Bears took control of the if necessary game in the GHSA Class 5A Baseball Tournament in the second inning and the Bears roared to a 12-0 victory over Loganville in Warner Robins. For former Toombs County Bulldog Jared Allen this is his first state championship as a player or a coach. Jared is an assistant coach at Houston County and he works with the outfielders.
The Bears opened up the playoffs with a pair of one-run home victories over Statesboro- 4-3 and 3-2. Tanner Hall picked up a save in each game. In the second round the Bears pitching was dominating in two 2-0 home wins over Cambridge. HOCO lost the middle game 11-1.
In the Elite 8 round Houston swept Columbus High 5-4 and 8-7 and those victories sent the Bears north to Gainesville to take on the top ranked Red Elephants. Houston took the first game 9-4, lost the second game 2-1 and moved into the finals, against Loganville, with a 2-0 victory.
In the championship series the Bears took game one 7-3. Game two was tied at 1-all until Loganville scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win 4-1.
Tanner Hall pitched five innings of one-hit, shut out ball in game three. Jake Fromm hit a ball down the left field line. Originally it was called foul, but the ruling was changed and the two-run homer made it 4-0 Bears in the top of the second inning.
As a Bulldog Jared opening his state playoff career losing at Bacon County in two games in 2004 and it closed it in 2007 losing in two games at Cook County.
As the head coach at Dodge County Jared’s Indians made a nice run in the state playoffs in 2012. The Indians swept Lamar County by winning two 1-0 games and then they took on Lovett and lost two close games 1-0 and 4-2. That Lovett team beat Calhoun and then lost to Pierce County in three games. Pierce played Appling County for the Double A State Championship and Byron Buxton and the Pirates won in three games.
Jared played his college baseball at Georgia-Southwestern. He batted .247 as a sophomore, .296 as a junior and .299 in his senior season.
As a Toombs County Bulldog Jared was a big time hitter batting .518 in his senior season with four homers, 25 RBI’s and 29 runs scored and he only struck out only six times in 83 at bats. Through 53 at bats he was hitting an amazing .604 after a 3-for-4 game against Appling County. On the mound Allen was 7-3 with one save and a 3.38 ERA. He pitched a no-hitter at Swainsboro throwing six innings with 11 strikeouts and one walk in a six inning game. Y-101 Story