Senior Dalton McBride pitched all seven innings allowing just four hits and an earned run while junior Bryce Deloach went 3-for-4 at the plate and drove half of Toombs County’s runs in the Bulldogs 8-1 home victory over Metter.
Ironically, the 2018 Bulldogs have the same Region 2 record as the 2017 team after nine games- two wins and seven losses. Last years team won their final five region games to qualify for the state playoffs as the number four seed. To equal that accomplishment the ’18 Dawgs will have to win at Metter and then take two games from both Vidalia and Swainsboro just the equal the win total and TCHS will need some help to earn a playoff bid.
Coincidentally both TCHS teams ended seven game losing streaks against Metter.
For the fourth time this season McBride pitched at least four innings and for the second time he threw a complete game. However, this time he earned a victory- his first of the season. Dalton has allowed only 17 hits in 25 innings and his ERA dropped to 2.52.
The Tigers scored their only run in the top of the first inning. Lane Young doubled to center and scored on Hunter Young’s single up the middle. After the first inning McBride pitched around four walks, including two in the second. Dalton ended that inning fielding a grounder and starting a double play.
McBride walked a batter in the third and threw a three-up, three-down fourth. In the fifth he walked a Tiger but Deloach caught a liner at short and turned it into a double play to end the inning. Dalton allowed meaningless singles in the sixth and seventh to end his 97 pitch gem.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 1-all in the third inning. Deloach singled to left and scored on Cole Graham’s single to center with two outs. Toombs took the lead for good in the fifth. Chase Musselman led off with a single to left and scored on a Deloach base hit to center.
TCHS put the game away in the sixth. Graham walked, McBride singled and Willie Campbell singled to load the bases. Dalton Lynn drew a walk to score a run and McBride scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-1 Toombs. Chandler Lynn singled to center to score one and Deloach finished his big offensive night with a three-run double to center.