The Bulldogs were three outs away from opening up their home schedule with a doubleheader sweep of the Brantley County Herons. However, Brantley County outscored Toombs 20-7 in the final two innings of the Herons 23-13 victory in game 2- four hour plus marathon which featured 34 hits and 12 errors. The Bulldogs took game 1 by an 8-4 score for their first victory of the season after opening up with three straight road losses. The doubleheader which begin at 11 a.m. didn’t come to an end until 6:21. .
The Bulldogs score five runs in the first inning in their first win of the 2018 season. Martin Stephens and Dalton McBride each walked with the bases loaded, Noah Anderson singled to center to drive in a pair of runs and McBride later scored on an error.
In the second Chandler Lynn doubled and scored on a Brock Harrison base hit. Two innings later Cole Graham walked and Stephens doubled him in to put the Dawgs up 7-3. TCHS scored it’s final run in the sixth on a Stephens walk and a single by Kyle Knight.
Brock Harrison was the winning pitcher tossing five innings and he yielded six hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts and three walks.
In this game it took the Bulldogs two innings to build up a 5-0 lead. In the first Brock Harrison doubled to right to score Chandler Lynn, who reached on an error. Cole Graham plated Harrison with a single to left. In the second Noah Anderson singled, Trey Cloud and Bryce Deloach each walked to set up the three run inning. Chandler Lynn singled in a pair of runs and Harrison hit a sacrifice fly to left to make it 5-0 Dawgs.
In the fourth Deloach and Chandler Lynn each singled, Harrison reached on an error and Martin Stephens walked with the bases loaded to put TCHS up 6-1. A nice lead until the Brantley County rallied in the late innings.
The Herons scored two runs in the top of the sixth and nine in the seventh to build up a 12-6 lead. Brantley smashed eight hits and the Dawgs made two errors in the seventh.
So what did the Bulldogs do? They rallied and scored six runs to send the game to extra innings. Anderson singled, Cloud walked and Deloach singled to load the bases. Chandler Lynn hit a grounder scoring a run and Harrison hit a sacrifice fly to make it 12-8. Chase Mussleman doubled in a run to make it 12-9 and a couple of Heron errors allowed TCHS to score twice to make it a one-run game and then Chase got a special sign from head coach Brian Fitzgerald. The steal sign. Mussleman stole home to tie the game at 12.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs had another tough top half of an inning as the Herons scored 11 runs in the eighth. The Dawgs countered with a single run in their 23-13 loss in a four hour plus game.