Game 2- Bulldogs rally twice and defeat Banks County in the 8th

The Toombs County Bulldogs were faced with two deficits in their second game at Banks County. TCHS trailed 5-0 after the top of the second inning and 7-6 going to the bottom of the eighth. Each time the Bulldogs rallied to take the lead including in their final at bat in an 8-7 victory in eight innings that sends the them to the Elite 8 for the third time since the 2010 season.

The Bulldogs will play former Region 3 AAA rival Dodge County in a best-of-three series which begins on Wednesday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Eastman. The other match ups are Berrien County at Jeff Davis, Bacon County at Bleckley County and Thomasville versus Elbert County.

Banks County smashed four doubles in the first two innings and scored a run in the first inning and four in the second to take a 5-0 lead.

Toombs rallied with two doubles in the bottom of the second by Lane Adams and Brandon Helton who drove in the Dawgs’ first run. Dalton McBride’s grounder to short made it 5-2 in the third inning and Brock Harrison and pinch hitter Bryce Deloach each singled in a run in the fourth to cut the Leopard lead to 5-4.

Toombs left runners on second and third in the fifth prior to taking the lead in the sixth. Martin Stephens doubled in a pair of runs with a deep drive to right center field to give Toombs County it’s first lead of the game at 6-5.

A leadoff walk in the seventh scored on a Judd Roberts two-out single and now the game was even at 6-6. TCHS left a runner at third in the bottom of the seventh and then a leadoff walk in the eighth scored on Grant Rylee’s double to left and now Banks County was on top 7-6.

In the bottom of the eighth Deloach reached on an error and took second base on the high throw from third base. Stephens followed with a RBI hit which tied the game. D.R. Meadows singled and Dalton McBride was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one down for George Lucke. The senior Dawg extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a walk-off single to right field which scored courtesy runner Dalton Lynn to end the game.

Adams pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed four doubles and five earned runs in the first two innings and then he retired 13-out-of-14 Leopards including nine in a row. Stephens threw the final 2/3 of an inning and was the winning pitcher.

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Banks County 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 9 3
Toombs County 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 8 11 2
Banks County
Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
WALKER ROGERS 5 1 1 1 0 0
CJ THOMAS 5 1 1 2 0 0
JUDD ROBERTS 3 1 2 1 1 0
AUSTIN DISHAROON 4 0 2 1 0 0
EASTON STATON 4 0 0 0 0 1
ZANE MILLWOOD 3 1 0 0 1 0
KELAN DALTON 4 1 1 0 0 0
GRANT RYLES 3 1 2 1 1 0
JADON CLARK 2 1 0 0 1 0
Totals 33 7 9 6 4 1
Batting

2B: CJ THOMAS, KELAN DALTON, WALKER ROGERS, AUSTIN DISHAROON, GRANT RYLES
TB: CJ THOMAS 2, JUDD ROBERTS 2, KELAN DALTON 2, WALKER ROGERS 2, AUSTIN DISHAROON 3, GRANT RYLES 3
RBI: CJ THOMAS 2, JUDD ROBERTS, WALKER ROGERS, AUSTIN DISHAROON, GRANT RYLES
ROE: ZANE MILLWOOD
HBP: JADON CLARK
SB: CJ THOMAS, JUDD ROBERTS, GRANT RYLES
CS: ZANE MILLWOOD

Totals

Team LOB: 7

Fielding

E: CJ THOMAS, ZANE MILLWOOD 2

Toombs County
Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
DR MEADOWS 4 1 1 0 1 1
DALTON MCBRIDE 4 1 0 1 0 1
GEORGE LUCKE 4 0 1 1 1 0
LANE ADAMS 4 2 2 0 0 0
BRANDON HELTON 3 1 1 1 1 0
BROCK HARRISON 3 1 1 1 1 1
COLE GRAHAM 4 0 0 0 0 1
KYLE KNIGHT 1 0 0 0 0 1
BRYCE DELOACH 3 2 2 1 0 0
MARTIN STEPHENS 4 2 3 3 0 1
NOAH ANDERSON
Totals 34 10 11 8 4 6
Batting

2B: MARTIN STEPHENS, GEORGE LUCKE, LANE ADAMS, BRANDON HELTON, BROCK HARRISON
TB: MARTIN STEPHENS 4, DR MEADOWS, GEORGE LUCKE 2, LANE ADAMS 3, BRANDON HELTON 2, BROCK HARRISON 2, BRYCE DELOACH 2
RBI: MARTIN STEPHENS 3, GEORGE LUCKE  1, BRANDON HELTON, BROCK HARRISON, DALTON MCBRIDE, BRYCE DELOACH
ROE: GEORGE LUCKE, BRYCE DELOACH
HBP: DALTON MCBRIDE
PIK: MARTIN STEPHENS

Totals

Team LOB: 6

Fielding

E: BROCK HARRISON, COLE GRAHAM

Banks County
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
CJ THOMAS 5.0 94 .574 6 4 3 6 2 0
WALKER ROGERS 2.1 57 .632 5 4 3 0 2 0
Totals 7.1 151 .596 11 8 6 6 4 0
Pitching

HBP: WALKER ROGERS
WP: CJ THOMAS
Pitches-Strikes: CJ THOMAS 94-54, WALKER ROGERS 57-36
Groundouts-Flyouts: CJ THOMAS 4-5, WALKER ROGERS 3-3
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: CJ THOMAS 11-23, WALKER ROGERS 8-16

Toombs County
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
LANE ADAMS 7.1 97 .567 9 7 6 1 4 0
MARTIN STEPHENS 0.2 10 .500 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 8.0 107 .561 9 7 6 1 4 0
Pitching

HBP: MARTIN STEPHENS
Pitches-Strikes: MARTIN STEPHENS 10-5, LANE ADAMS 97-55
Groundouts-Flyouts: MARTIN STEPHENS 1-1, LANE ADAMS 10-10
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: MARTIN STEPHENS 1-3, LANE ADAMS 19-35

Pictures by Salain Meadows

First baseman Kyle Knight makes a catch near the fence for the first out of the game
Shortstop D.R. Meadows handles a grounder for the second out
D.R. Meadows takes a throw from catcher Cole Graham and tags out a hopping Zane Millwood
Lane Adams doubles to lead off the second inning
Lane Adams sends Walker Rogers to the fence in left center field
Walker Rogers runs to the fence to track down Brandon Helton’s RBI double
Courtesy runner Trey Cloud scores the first Bulldog run
Pinch hitter Bryce Deloach singles in a run in the fourth inning
Martin Stephens’s double to to RCF scores Brandon Helton in the fifth inning
Bryce Deloach (#10) also scores on a Martin Stephens double to put TCHS up 6-5
George Lucke reaches on an error in the seventh inning
Martin Stephens singles in the eighth inning to tie the game at 7
D.R. Meadows singles in the eighth
D.R. Meadows grabs George Lucke after Lucke ends the game with walk-off single
A Dawg pile after a big win
Let the liquids fly after George Lucke’s walk-off hit
The scoreboard says the Bulldogs win the game and the series
Bulldog fans clap and snap pictures
The Bulldogs slide in left field