During the regular season the Toombs County Bulldogs lost a pair of nine inning games to Jeff Davis and at Metter. However, the Dawgs improved to 3-0 this season in games decided in eight innings. Back in February D.R. Meadows hit a two-run homer, in the eighth, to pull out a victory at Brantley County and in the last two GHSA State Tournament game two’s Toombs County has come from behind to win in eight on the road at Banks County and Dodge County.
Cole Graham singled to left, with the bases loaded and nobody out, to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 win at Dodge which sends them to the Final 4 for the first time since the 1996 Bulldogs won the Class a State Championship.
In a battle of number two pitchers who threw like number one’s, the game was scoreless until the fifth when Graham led off with a single and Meadows drove in the run off righty Tyler Pruitt with a sacrifice fly. Lane Adams kept Dodge off the scoreboard until the sixth. Gary Pittman led off with a double and Chip Burch drove him in with a single. The second run in the inning scored with two down on a catchable ball hit to center field but nobody could find it as day was turning to night.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 2-all in the bottom of the seventh. Bryce Deloach was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, Meadows singled and with one down Dalton McBride hit a sacrifice fly to score Deloach.
In the bottom of the eighth Adams led off and drew a walk. Brock Harrison and Brandon Helton each singled to load the bases for Graham and the sophomore catcher ended the series as the Dawgs won their 12th straight game.
All pictures by Salain Meadows