For one brief shining moment, as they say, the Toombs County Bulldogs were in a position to win the first game of the GHSA Class 2A State Semifinal Series. Three Bulldog seniors, who helped lead the Dawgs through a 12-game winning streak late in the regular season and through the first three series of the playoffs, contributed big base hits as Toombs broke a 3-all tie with a three-run top of the sixth inning. However, after taking that 6-3 lead everything changed. Jeff Davis outscored the Bulldogs 19-3 in their next six at bats sending the Yellow Jackets to the championship round with a 9-6 and 13-3 (five innings) pair of victories.
D.R. Meadows led off the sixth with 39th hit of the season and his 23rd career double, George Lucke singled in his 33rd run with his 39th hit, Lane Adams drove in his 18th run of the season with his 10th double and Brandon Helton hit his fourth double and drove in his fifth run to give the Bulldogs a three-run lead with six outs to go.
Jeff Davis rallied by sending 10 batters to plate and scoring six runs. Then in the second game the Yellow Jackets scored six unearned runs before they scored an earned run. JD scored three runs in each of the first three innings.
Jacket Field was packed to capacity plus. Extra bleachers were brought in for the Bulldog fans who filled the whole left side of the field. Jacket fans were sitting five rows deep in the chairs behind home plate. The crowd was estimated to be more than 2,000.
All pictures by Salain Meadows