The Toombs County Bulldogs will have to wait a day to open their 2018 season at Dodge County. Rain and a wet field has delayed a rematch between the Bulldogs and the Indians from Tuesday to Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Eastman.
Last year the two teams met in the quarterfinal round of the GHSA State playoffs with the Bulldogs winning 6-3 and 3-2 in eight innings to qualify for the AA Final 4.
The Indians’ one through five hitters (Tyler Pruitt, Gary Pittman, Chandler Davis, Chip Bursh and Ethan Rice) return from last season and they went a combined 15-for-37 against the Dawgs in the pair of playoff games.
Gary Pittman is back and he went 5-for-9 against TCHS and catcher Chandler Davis is a tough out and he he had four hits in seven at bats against the Dawgs.
The Bulldogs will probably start five players who were in the batting order for game 1 of the Dodge series. Dalton McBride went 2-for-7, Martin Stephens 3-for-6, Brock Harrison 2-for-8 and Bryce Deloach who went 0-for-4, but he scored three runs and drove in one. Cole Graham was the hero of the day. He went 3-for-7 and drove in a run in each game including one with a single to left field with the bases loaded and nobody out which gave TCHS the walk-off victory.
“With the loss of a large and productive senior class we are looking for several players to step up into leadership roles.” head coach Brian Fitzgerald said. “At this point team chemistry has been good but practice has lacked a competition element due to low numbers.”
Several wrestlers and basketball players have joined the team just in time for the start of the regular season.
The season opener will be broadcast on Y-101 Radio and Mixlr. Bryce Braddy, a former starting middle infielder for the Toombs County Middle School Bullpups and Lyons All-Star, will handle the play-by-play.