Hard working Brock Harrison is rewarded with a scholarship at Thomas University

Toombs County head baseball coach Derek James described Bulldog senior shortstop and pitcher Brock Harrison as a hard worker who was the first one to get to practice and always the last one to leave and also the first one to ask if there was anything he could do to help the coaching staff.

On Friday Brock was rewarded for his love of the game and his ability to hit and field with a scholarship to Thomas University in Thomasville. Harrison batted .266 in his final season with a .455 on base percentage. Brock hit eight doubles and 29 two-baggers in his career. He also hit two homers- at home against Appling County and Swainsboro- and had a grand slam negated to a single when one Bulldog failed to touch home plate at Tattnall County. Bryce also hit a road home run at Swainsboro as a freashman.

In 2018 Brock hit .315 with six doubles, 20 RBI and 15 runs scored. Back in 2017 when the Bulldogs made it to the Final Four, Harrison batted .277 with eight doubles, 23 RBI and 21 runs scored.

Thomas University is a NAIA school located in Thomasville. The Night Hawks play in the Sun Conference. Thomas opened up the conference tourney with two upset wins over #1 seed Southeastern University (4-3) and #4 Keiser (12-3). 

Brock Harrison through the years

Junior Season- 2018- 23-for-73 (.315) with 6 doubles, 20 RBI, 15 walks and 13 K’s

Started off with a seven-game hitting streak in which he was 10-for-23 at the plate and he finished 6-for-20 stroking at least a hit in 5-of-his-last 6 games.

Brock Harrison earned two awards for his pitching and hitting and infield defense. Harrison was Toombs County’s Pitcher of the Year and he was named Second Team All-Region 2 at third base.

Brock had 2 hits against Long County, Brantley County and Benedictine and drove in 3 runs against Brantley County, Screven County and Bacon County.

On the mound Harrison pitched 37 ⅓ innings and allowed 27 hits and 19 earned runs for a 3.57 ERA. He struckout 28 batters and walked 25. He struck out a season-high 7 batters in 6 ⅓ innings at Bryan County.

He pitched a complete game 2-hit shutout over Dodge County in a 2-0 win in Lyons. He threw 99 pitches and struck out 6 and walked 4. He fired in 53 strikes and 12 first pitch strikes.

Brock twice pitched 4 ⅓ innings of no-hit ball. On February 15- at Long County- he silenced the Blue Tide before yielding 2 hits and 4 earned runs. On April 6- at Metter- he once again no-hit the home team for 4 ⅓ and the Bulldogs were leading 3-0 when he came out of the game. However, in both games the opponent rallied against the bullpen to win the game.

Sophomore Season- 2017- Brock improved his batting average by 83 points to .277 with 8 doubles, 23 RBI, 23 runs scored and 18 walks. In the state tourney he batted .439 (18-41) with 6 RBI.

He went on a 10-game hitting streak late in the season and batted .500 during that span. In the state tourney he drove in six runs and scored nine. For the season he drove in 23 runs, scored 21 and hit 8 doubles. He was voted the Most Improved Offensive Player at the Baseball Banquet.

In a home game versus SEB, Brock went 2-for-4 with a 2-run double to right center and a 2-run double to left center.

After his average sank to .151 after 18 games, Harrison got hot. He went 18-for-41 (.439) for the rest of the season.

In a 7-game hitting streak he went 11-for-21 (.524) and had 3 straight 2-hit games against Vidalia and Swainsboro twice.

In the postseason he went 2-for-4 at Laney with a double and 3 RBI, had a RBI single in both games at Banks County and a 2-for-4 game at Dodge County.

In a start at Brantley County Harrison pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-hit ball prior to Trace Martin’s single. He allowed 2 hits to the 14 batters he faced with 3 strikeouts and 5 walks.

He pitched a hitless 1 ⅔ innings against SEB with a strikeout and a scoreless inning against Bryan County. He also tossed a scoreless frame against Veterans.

Freshman Season- 2016- Brock went 5-for-26 (.192) with the varsity with a homer, 2 doubles, 6 RBI, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. For the JV team he batted .421 (8-for-19) with 3 doubles, 5 RBI, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts.  

Brock Harrison picture perfect home run swing in 2016
Head coach Brian Fitzgerald greets Harrison on his trip around the bases at Swainsboro in 2016

Harrison hit his first varsity home run in the first inning of a game at Swainsboro. He locked in on a full count fastball, with a runner at second base, and sent it deep and way over the left field fence. His 2-run shot put the Bulldogs up 5-0. He also had a RBI triple in a 2-for-5 game.

He went 2-for-2 against Beach with 2 doubles and 2 RBI with a run scored.

In a B-team game at Vidalia, Brock went 3-for-4 with a double and 1 RBI plus he pitched 3 innings of shutout ball with 4 K’s and 4 walks.

He shut out the Metter JV in one inning of work with 3 strikeouts and limited the ECI JV to 2 hits and an earned run in 2 ⅔ innings.

Against Appling County- in a varsity inning- he yielded a hit and no runs with a strikeout and a walk and versus the Swainsboro varsity gave up 3 hits and 2 earned runs in 2 innings.

Middle School Career- Harrison struck out 16 Swainsboro Tigers in seven innings in a 5-1 Toombs County Middle School Bullpup victory in Swainsboro. Harrison allowed only 3 hits and walked 4. He struck out 7 straight batters at one point and ended his gem striking out the final 4 Tigers. He went 1-for-2 with a double.

He also struck out 11 East Laurens Falcons and allowed only 1-hit- a one-out fourth inning single- in a five inning win at home. Harrison struck out the side in the third and fourth innings. At the plate he went 2-for-2 and was hit by 2 pitches, scored 2 runs and drove in 4.

Recreation Ball- Harrison struck out 11 batters, including seven in a row, in the Lyons Midget Boys 4-3 loss to Swainsboro, at Little Fenway, in the opening round of the Lyons Youth Tournament. Harrison took the mound in the third and struck out the first seven batters that he faced. He struck out an additional batter in the fifth and three more in the sixth. The only out which was not a swing and a miss or a strike three called was on a swinging bunt in which catcher Cole Graham collected the ball to the left of the plate and recorded the out with a toss to Trey Cloud at first base. He also went 2-for-3 and put Lyons up 2-0 with a two-out base hit.

Brock Harrison pitches for the Lyons All-Stars
Brock Harrison pitches for the Toombs County Middle School Bullpups
Brock Harrison was also a tough running fullback and line backer in his middle school days