Kyle Knight stepped to the plate in the top of the seventh inning with his Toombs County Bulldogs trailing Bryan County 3-1. The bases were loaded with two outs. The senior looked at a pitch which was out of the zone from reliever Colin Brown. On the second pitch Knight became a Bulldog hero smashing the ball over the left field fence for a grand slam which put TCHS up 5-3.
In the bottom of the seventh the Redskins loaded the bases against starter Brock Harrison, who pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed only five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Coach Brian Fitzgerald went to his bullpen and brought in Dalton McBride from center field. The senior was ahead in the count one ball and two strikes when he threw a game ending double play ball. Junior shortstop Bryce Deloach scooped up the grounder and tossed the ball to freshman second baseman Chase Mussleman and then his throw to Knight ended the comeback as Toombs held on to the 5-3 road victory. Both Toombs and Bryan are 1-1 in the region after splitting a pair of games this week.
Comments from head coach Brian Fitzgerald
The Bulldogs win in an amazing agony to ecstasy to agony to ecstasy to agony then ecstasy fashion all in the final 6 outs. Down 3-1 in the seventh the dogs load the bases with nobody ou,t but after a McBride strikeout and a first pitch foul out by Deloach, Kyle Knight gave the bulldogs the lead on a 1-0 fastball hit high and hard over the left field fence.
“The Dawgs then proceeded to walk the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the seventh after a line drive off of Chase Mussleman’s glove, We executed a beautiful bunt coverage to get the lead out at third base. Brock then hits the number two hitter to load the bases and reach his pitch limit. Dalton McBride came in from center field to induce a 6-4-3 game ending double play on a 1-2 count slider.”
Brock Harrison’s pitching
“Brock threw his curve ball and change up really well through six innings but ran out of gas in the seventh. If we can find someone to match him on the mound we may turn this thing around.”
Toombs County’s overall play
“We are making too many mistakes running the bases and not catching or throwing the ball real well on defense. Combine that with the high strike out numbers and stranding runners in scoring position and it’s not a recipe for success. It’s not a talent issue, it’s a focus issue. We have got to be more team oriented and less selfish minded.”