Just two days after the Toombs County Bulldog bullpen gave up a seventh inning lead, in game two of a doubleheader at home against Brantley County, the Dawg pen was on it’s game in a 12-7 victory at Southeast Bulloch. Kyle Knight and Dalton Lynn, working in relief, threw a combined six innings while limiting SEB to just one earned run on three hits. Lynn threw the final three frames and struck out six batters, induced two fly balls to the outfield and one ground out to short.
Offensively, freshman Alex Gordy stepped up and drove in three runs with two hits. Chandler Lynn, Brock Harrison and Cole Graham each had two RBI’s.
The Bulldogs scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Brock Harrison walked and scored on a Martin Stephens double to center field.
SEB scored it’s first run in the bottom of the opening frame on a walk and two doubles and then the Jackets added two more on a single to take a 3-1 lead.
The Dawgs were also busy in the second inning. Kyle Knight and Dalton Lynn walked and Noah Anderson singled to load the bases. Chandler Lynn smashed a line drive to center to score two runs and Harrison doubled to center to score two more runs putting TCHS up 5-3.
Southeast Bulloch jumped back on top with one big swing in the second inning. The Jackets hit a grand slam to take a 7-5 lead. After that thrilling Jacket moment Toombs County pitching shutout SEB the rest of the game on just two hits. Knight allowed a one out single in the bottom of the fourth and a leadoff triple in the fifth.
Gordy entered the game offensively in the third inning. The freshman, who played junior varsity ball as an eighth grader, came to the plate for the second time this season and he stroked his first varsity hit- a single into center field scoring Dalton McBride to pull the Dawgs to within on run at 7-6. The Bulldogs tied the game on a SEB error. Graham singled and McBride walked. The run scored when the Jacket second baseman misplayed a Dalton Lynn grounder.
Gordy put TCHS up for good, at 9-7, with an opposite field single to right in the fifth inning.
Toombs scored three more runs in the sixth inning without a base hit. Chandler Lynn walked, Trey Cloud reached on a dropped third strike and Harrison walked to load the bases. Graham hit a fly ball which was misplayed by the left fielder scoring two Dawgs and the third run touched home when Harrison ran to the plate on a wild pitch.
“Kyle Knight and Dalton Lynn pitched the dawgs to a comeback win after being down 3-1 and 7-5 early,” head coach Brian Fitzgerald said. “Brock Harrison and Alex Gordy each had two hits, and Gordy delivered three big runs including the go ahead run.”