The Toombs County Bulldogs opened up their 2018 season with a 2-1 loss at Dodge County. In that non-region defeat the Dawgs outhit the Indians 3-2, but they made three errors and yielded an unearned run. In the rematch, at Jacky Jones Field TCHS once again outhit Dodge 3-2. However, this time the Dawgs did not make an error and they got a complete game two-hitter from pitcher Brock Harrison and a two-out, two run triple to the opposite field by Dalton McBride in their 2-0 win. Toombs will begin Region 2 play on Tuesday, at home, against Bryan County (5:45 p.m. on Y-101 Radio and Mixlr) with a 3-5 record.
Harrison walked the first batter he faced and then he retired eight Indians in a row before walking a second batter with two down in the third. The Indians first hit was a single to centerfield off the bat of Tyler Pruitt to open up the fourth. A walk put runners on first and second base and a double steal placed two Indians in scoring position. The threat ended when catcher Cole Graham, for the second straight game, tagged out a runner trying to steal home plate.
Harrison dominated the fifth with a pair of strikeouts surrounding a ground out to third baseman Dalton Lynn. In the sixth Dodge had two base runners on a bunt single and a walk. Once again Harrison kept his shutout going by inducing a pop up to second baseman Noah Anderson.
The Bulldogs had scoring opportunities in the first two innings. Chandler Lynn and Chase Mussleman each walked in the first and Cole Graham led off the second with a double. The Dawgs had two more base runners in the fourth on a Graham single and a McBride walk.
In the bottom of the sixth Graham reached on an error with to outs and pinch hitter Willie Campbell drew a full count walk. McBride jumped on the first pitch and sent the ball to the opposite field for his triple and two runs batted in scoring Alex Gordy, who was running for Graham and Campbell.
In the top of the seventh Harrison walked the leadoff batter and then he finished his seven inning gem inducing a ground out to Bryce Deloach at short, a foul pop up to third baseman Dalton Lynn and a strikeout swinging on an 0-2 pitch.
“Brock Harrison bowed his neck in several key spots tonight as the Toombs County Bulldogs scored two with two outs in the bottom of the sixth on a key two out triple by Dalton McBride,” head coach Brian Fitzgerald said. “The Bulldogs missed on several scoring opportunities early, but DMac’s clutch opposite field triple in the sixth held up a strong pitching performance from Brock as the Bulldogs played flawless defense with an unselfish attitude.”
Another close Toombs/Dodge game
These two teams whether they are playing, non-region, region or playoffs games have a history of play close games. In the last 12 games decided by two runs or less Toombs County has won eight games, Dodge has taken three games and one ended in a tie:
2018- Bulldogs win 2-0 and lose 2-1
2017- Bulldogs defeated Dodge 3-2 in 8 innings in game two of the quarterfinals
2015- Tyler Luke pitched a one-hitter and his Bulldogs didn’t win the game. They lost in Eastman 1-0.
2012- In their Diamond Day, at Jacky Jones Field, the Toombs County Bulldogs played to a 1-all, seven inning draw with Dodge County.
2010- Javec King hit a solo homer in the fourth, reached on a two-out error in the eighth that allowed Patrick Craft to score and the senior pitched a complete game four-hitter with 14 strikeouts as Toombs held off Dodge 2-1 in eight thrilling innings in Eastman.
In winning 41 of their last 50 games dating back to the end of the 2008 season the Toombs County Bulldogs have pulled of quite a few amazing comebacks. However, none was more improbable than the Bulldogs 6-5 home win over Dodge County. Toombs entered the bottom of the seventh with just three hits off starter Brandon Beck. With one down Stacy Cheshire jumped on the first pitch and singled. Brett Jernigan followed with another single and then Patrick Craft doubled in Cheshire to make it 5-2. Lance Mosley’s grounder to second base made it 5-3 and Josh Allen, who went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, singled to pull the Dawgs to within a run with two outs. Javec King singled by the the Indians shortstop to tie the game and then Berry Aldridge competed the comeback with a backside single to right center field to give the Bulldogs their third comeback victory in a week.
King (5-0) pitched a complete game and struckout 10 while allowing five hits and no walks. All the runs scored by Dodge were unearned as the Bulldogs made six errors against the Indians’ bunting offense.
2009- In their second attempt the Toombs County Bulldogs won the Region 3B title with a combination of dominant pitching by Javec King and timely hitting by Neal Rodgers. Rodgers singled to center field in the first and fourth innings to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead and King pitched a complete game two-hitter with 10 strikeouts and just one walk as the Bulldogs beat Dodge County 3-1 in Lyons.
2008- In Eastman the Bulldogs built up a 9-1 lead on a Justin Adams two-run home run in the first inning and Neal Rodgers’ three-run homer in the third and solo blast in the fourth. But, Dodge County scored eight straight runs and tied the game at nine in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI hit by Jared Reaves. The Bulldogs pulled out their first region win when Blake Chaulkley singled in Lonzo Skinner with one-out in the seventh to give TCHS a 10-9 victory. Trey Mosley, working in relief of Rodgers, was the winning pitcher.
2007- The Toombs County Bulldogs extended their Region 4 winning steak to six games with a 2-0 win at Dodge County. Jared Allen pitched a seven-inning shutout. Neal Rodgers and Brian Benton each stroked RBI hits in the fourth.