Brock Harrison, a compact righthander with a good arm, has always had the ability to dominate a game from the mound. As a Toombs County Middle School Bullpup, in back-to-back starts, he struck out 16 Swainsboro batters and allowed three hits and then followed that up by striking out 11 East Laurens hitters while yielding just one hit.
In 2017 in his first start of his sophomore season for the Toombs County Bulldogs, Harrison pitched no-hit ball for 4 1/3 innings at Brantley County before yielding a single to Trace Martin. What a coincidence. Brock did the same thing again in his first start of 2018. A double to right field by Mason Collins with one down in the fifth ended his no-hit bid. Unfortunately, the Dawgs weren’t playing their “A game” on defense. Toombs made six errors in the first five frames allowing the Blue Tide to rally from a 3-1 and a 4-2 deficit. Harrison’s stint ended with a bases loaded walk, with two down in the bottom of the sixth, that put Long up 5-4. Ethan Williams plated three more runs with a hit to centerfield as the Blue Tide came back with an 8-4 win.
Harrison threw 5 2/3 innings allowing two hits, four earned runs with four strikeouts and one walk.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the first inning. Bryce Deloach singled, stole second base and scored on a single to right off the bat of Harrison. A Martin Stephens (3-for-4) single to centerfield brought in a second run.
The Lynn’s and a Cloud combined to score Toombs County’s third run in the second inning. Dalton Lynn was hit by a pitch, Trey Cloud bunted him to second and Chandler Lynn drove in his older brother to make it 3-2 Dawgs.
In the fifth inning Harrison singled to left and Stephens drove in the run with a base hit to centerfield.
The Bulldogs had a chance to tie the game in the top of the seventh. With two outs Stephens singled, Cole Graham walked and Kyle Knight was hit by a pitch. However, a ground ball ended the night as the Bulldogs fell to 0-2.