It had been 12 years since a Toombs County Middle School baseball team had won a league championship. However, that drought ended in the bottom of the ninth inning when Zeke Barnett singled to left to bring in Gavin Hall from third base to give the Bullpups a 5-4 over Metter in the championship game of the Southeast Georgia Middle School League played before a full house on a windy and cool Saturday afternoon in Lyons.
“I was just trying to put the ball in play and that’s what I did,” Zeke Barnett said of his winning swing on a high pitch. “I just hit it to the shortstop and Gavin Hall scored. I just knew we were going to score and I was just happy.”
Hall led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk and while on second base took third when the catcher threw to second.
Metter scored two runs in the top of the first inning and the Bullpups countered by scoring a run. Barnett reached on an error and scored. The Tigers took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third and then the Pups scored two runs to tie the score at 3-all. Barnett reached on an error and scored his second run and Carson Braddy was hit by a pitch and pinch runner Brock Nobles scored.
In the fifth inning Ashton Luke singled and scored a run on a Will Watts single to Put TCMS up 4-3. However, Metter came back in the sixth and scored a run to tie the game at 4.
On the mound Lucas O’Conner pitched the first three innings. He allowed two hits and three earned runs with four strikeouts and one walk. Jesus Quintero was the winning pitcher. He worked the final six innings and yielded four hits and one earned run with five strikeouts and two walks.