Bulldogs bring out the big bats in 9-1 win at Vidalia- two homers and three doubles

All pictures, all season by Salain Meadows

In their first 21 games the Toombs County Bulldogs hit two home runs. In the second inning of their Region 2 game at Vidalia the Dawgs hit two more homers in back-to-back at bats by Martin Stephens and D.R. Meadows. Toombs also hit three doubles and stroked a season-high 14 hits in a 9-1 win which pushed the Bulldogs region record to 5-7 with two games remaining against Swainsboro. Toombs County Baseball Page

D.R. Meadows and Martin Stephens with their home run balls

Swainsboro scored six runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-5 lead at Metter. However, the Tigers rallied and scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull out a 9-8 victory and at 6-6 they still have a one-game lead over Toombs County. The Tigers will play Benedictine twice in the final week of the region schedule.

Martin Stephens’s home run swing
Tyrin Page watches Martin’s home run ball sail over the fence
Martin Stephens is all smiles rounding third base and head coach Brian Fitzgerald

Stephens’s first Bulldog homer sparked a five-run second inning which jumped the TCHS lead to 7-0. Stephens fouled off the first two pitches to the left and then the left-handed hitting designated hitter smashed the ball over the left center field fence. Kyle Knight, who was hit by a pitch, also scored on Martin’s two-run shot.

D.R. Meadows drives a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence
D.R. Meadows on his second home run trot of his career
Dalton McBride congratulates D.R. Meadows

Meadows’s second homer of his senior season and his career came on a 3-2 pitch and like Stephens he hit it over the left field fence at Greg James Field. D.R. also hit an eighth inning homer to beat Brantley County on the road back on February 18 in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Bulldogs opened the game with a two-run first inning. Meadows led off with a walk, Dalton McBride singled and George Lucke singled in Meadows and Lane Adams hit a RBI grounder to second to plate McBride.

In addition to the two homers in the second inning, Brock Harrison doubled in a pair of runs. The Bulldogs scored their final two runs in the fifth inning. Cole Graham and Stephens each singled and Meadows walked to set the table for Lucke. The Bulldog center fielder singled in two runs to give him a team-high 23 for the season.

Meadows threw his second straight complete game and earned his third victory of the season and the tenth of his career. Two of those 10 wins came at Greg James Field with D.R. pitching 12 innings and allowing just one earned run.

George Lucke singles in a first inning run
Lane Adams drives in the second first inning run with a grounder to second base
Dalton McBride runs down a ball in right center field
Lane Adams doubles in the second inning
Brock Harrison doubles in two runs in the second
D.R. Meadows strikes out an Indian
Cole Graham leads off the fifth inning with a single
Martin Stephens singles in the fifth
Kyle Knight leads off the seventh inning with a double
Kyle Knight’s double winds up deep down the left field line
Kyle Knight stands on second base
Senior Jacob Brown runs for Kyle Knight
D.R. Meadows singles up the middle in the seventh inning
D.R. Meadows pitches his second straight complete game
Center fielder George Lucke gloves the first out of the seventh
D.R. Meadows ends the game with a strikeout and a throw out at second by catcher Cole Graham
The Bulldogs end their Vidalia sweep with a road win
The rivals shake hands
The 2017 Toombs County Bulldogs with their X-out sign

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
T00mbs County 2 5 0 0 2 0 0 9 13 0
Vidalia 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 0
Toombs County
Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
DR MEADOWS 3 3 2 1 2 0
DALTON MCBRIDE 3 1 1 0 2 0
GEORGE LUCKE 5 1 2 1 0 0
LANE ADAMS 4 1 1 1 0 0
BRANDON HELTON 3 0 0 0 1 0
BROCK HARRISON 4 0 2 2 0 0
COLE GRAHAM 4 0 1 0 0 0
KYLE KNIGHT 3 1 2 0 0 1
MARTIN STEPHENS 4 2 2 2 0 0
Totals 33 9 13 7 5 1
Batting

2B: LANE ADAMS, BROCK HARRISON, KYLE KNIGHT
HR: MARTIN STEPHENS, DR MEADOWS
TB: MARTIN STEPHENS 5, DR MEADOWS 5, GEORGE LUCKE 2, LANE ADAMS 2, BROCK HARRISON 3, DALTON MCBRIDE, COLE GRAHAM, KILE KNIGHT 3
RBI: MARTIN STEPHENS 2, DR MEADOWS, GEORGE LUCKE, LANE ADAMS, BROCK HARRISON 2
ROE: GEORGE LUCKE
FC: DR MEADOWS, DALTON MCBRIDE
HBP: KYLE KNIGHT
SB: DR MEADOWS 2
CS: BROCK HARRISON

Totals

Team LOB: 9

Fielding

E: None

Vidalia
Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
ALEX SUTTON 4 0 3 0 0 0
TUCKER ALLMOND 4 0 1 0 0 0
ROPER SMITH 1 0 0 0 2 1
DAWSON NANCE 3 0 0 0 0 1
HUNTER POOLE 2 0 0 0 1 1
RILEY POWERS 2 0 0 0 1 0
DAWSON GIBBS 3 1 1 0 0 1
DAWSON RICKS 3 0 1 1 0 0
TYRAN PAGE 2 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 24 1 6 ` 5 4
Batting

2B: ALEX SUTTON
TB: ALEX SUTTON 4, DAWSON RICKS, DAWSON GIBBS
RBI: DAWSON RICKS
ROE: TUCKER ALLMOND
HBP: ROPER SMITH
CS: ALEX SUTTON
PIK: ALEX SUTTON

Totals

Team QAB: 12 (40.00%)
RILEY POWERS 2, ROPER SMITH 3, ALEX SUTTON 2, TUCKER ALLMOND, HUNTER POOLE 2, TYRAN PAGE, DAWSON GIBBS

Team LOB: 8

Fielding

E: DAWSON GIBBS
DP: DAWSON GIBBS

Toombs County
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
DR MEADOWS 7.0 101 .535 6 1 1 4 5 0
Totals 7.0 101 .535 5 1 1 4 5 0
Pitching

HBP: DR MEADOWS
Pitches-Strikes: DR MEADOWS 101-54
Groundouts-Flyouts: DR MEADOWS 4-10
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: DR MEADOWS 21-30

Vidalia
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
TUCKER ALLMOND 1.2 42 .524 7 7 7 0 2 2
DAWSON NANCE 5.1 66 .576 6 2 0 1 3 0
Totals 7.0 108 .556 13 9 7 1 5 2
Pitching

HBP: TUCKER ALLMOND
Pitches-Strikes: TUCKER ALLMOND 42-22, DAWSON NANCE 66-38
Groundouts-Flyouts: TUCKER ALLMOND 4-1, DAWSON NANCE 2-9
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: TUCKER ALLMOND 7-15, DAWSON NANCE 12-24