Errors plagued the Toombs County MIddle School Bullpups in a season-opening 7-3 loss at home to West Laurens on Friday. However, on Monday the Bullpups cleaned up their defensive game and only made two errors plus they got quality pitching from Neal Braddy and Jesus Quintero and the offense stroked 11 hits in a 5-1 victory at Bleckley County.
On the mound Braddy pitched the first four innings and he did not allow a hit or a run. He struck out three and walked two. TCMS made an error with two down in the first and Braddy stranded the runner inducing a ball hit to Quintero at short. He retired Bleckley three-up, three-down in the second on a grounder to Carson Braddy at third and two strikeouts. In the third he yielded a one-out single, but that runner was eliminated on the bases on a 2-5-6 play. Quintero fielded a grounder for the third out.
Quintero took over on the hill in the bottom of the fifth and he pitched three innings and allowed one hit with one unearned run scoring in the sixth inning. He struck out five and walked one. Jesus had a three-batter fifth with a K and two grounders. After an inning opening strikeout in the sixth he allowed a single. A fielders choice moved the runner to second and an error plated Bleckley’s only run. Quintero got the third out with a strikeout. In the seventh he struck out the first two batters, walked the third and struck out the fourth to end the game.
“Both pitchers threw strikes and let their defense work for them,” head coach Dirk Brantley said. “We made the plays whenever the ball was hit to them. Nobody made a spectacular defensive play. We just did the little things right.”
At the plate TCMS scored three runs in the first and single runs in the fourth and seventh. Leadoff hitter Bryar Douberly went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice and a run scored. Zeke Barnett went 4-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored. Carson Braddy had 2-for-4 game with two stolen bases and a run scored. Neal Braddy went 1-for-4 with a run scored, Ashton Luke went 2-for-3 with a double and Quintero walked and scored a run.
“Bryar Douberly had a good day today and Zeke Barnett and Ashton Luke both hit the ball well,” Brantley said.