The Toombs County Bulldogs entered the final week of the Region 2 season controlling their own destiny. If they swept Swainsboro in three straight games they would definitely be going to the GHSA State Playoffs. Instead the Dawgs lost game one in Swainsboro 8-5 and now they need help to qualify for the post season. Both TCHS and Metter are 8-8 with two games left to play and the Tigers have the tie-breaker advantage over the Bulldogs because they took two-out-of-three from the Dawgs.
The schedule has been changed for the rest of the TCHS/Swainsboro series because of the threat of rain on Friday. Game two will be played in Swainsboro on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and the final game will be Thursday at 5:45 in Lyons.
The Bulldogs never had a lead in the game although they had a scoring opportunity in the top of the first. Bryce Deloach led off with a single and with one down Dalton Lynn also reached on a base hit. However, the Bulldogs left them on second and third.
Swainsboro scored single runs in the first, second and third innings as the Tigers took a 3-0 lead. Tyler Brinson drove in a run with a grounder in the first, a wild pitch scored a run in the second and Brinson singled in a run in the third.
Toombs County rallied in the fifth and scored three runs to tie the game at 3-all. Dalton Lynn, who went 3-for-4, singled in a pair of Dawgs on a 1-2 pitch. The third run scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the fifth the Tigers pushed the lead back to three runs at 6-3. One earned run scored on a single by Brinson and on that same hit two more unearned runs scored as the ball got by the left fielder.
The Bulldogs took advantage of two Tiger errors and a walk and scored two runs on a two-run single by Dalton Lynn giving him a four RBI game which cut the Swainsboro lead to 6-5. The Tigers scored their final two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a TCHS error and a sacrifice fly by Nathan Copeland.