Dodge County pitcher Tyler Pruett was tough to hit in his last start of 2017 and he opened the 2018 season pitching the same kind of ball, but with a different result. Pruett last threw in game two of the Toombs County/Dodge County GHSA AA quarterfinal series. He pitched seven innings and did not allow an earned run. However, his Indians took the loss in an extra inning to end his season.
In a rematch, against the Bulldogs, to open the season Pruett pitched seven innings again and this time he came out on top by a 2-1 score back in Eastman. Pruett allowed the Dawgs only three hits while accumulating 10 strikeouts with three walks. The Bulldogs only run was unearned.
In his last two starts against Toombs, Pruett has thrown 14 innings allowing only eight hits with 15 strikeouts and five walks and he has not allowed an earned run.
Toombs County’s pitching was also effective. Three Bulldogs only allowed a total of two hits with three strikeouts and seven walks. Martin Stephens tossed the first three innings and yielded two hits and an earned run. Kyle Knight pitched a scoreless inning with a walk and Trey Cloud threw two scoreless frames with two strikeouts and one walk.
Dodge County scored a pair of single runs in the first and the second innings. In the first inning Pruett and Gary Pittman led off the frame each drawing a walk and then Chip Burch singled in Pruett to make it 1-0.
Andrew Lowery led off the second inning with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a pass ball and scored an Indian run on a sacrifice fly by Brodie Woodard.
The Bulldogs scored their run in the sixth. Cole Graham led off with a single to center. Brock Harrison walked, Martin Stephens reached on error by the cente fielder to put runners on second and third. Bryce Deloach hit a shot to center which scored Harrison and before Stephens could make it to the plate to tie the game, Deloach was thrown out at second base for the third out of the inning.