Trey Cloud- the Toombs County baseball team’s only senior- made his second start of the season and pitched seven innings allowing eight hits and one earned run with four strikeouts and two walks to lead the Bulldogs to their second win of the season- an 8-5 victory at Tattnall County. Cloud is 1-2 with a 1.40 ERA.
The non-region game stopped Toombs County’s five game losing streak and avenged a 1-0 home loss to the Warriors to open up the season. TCHS is 2-6.
The game was played in wet conditions and featured one rain delay.
The Bulldog offense staked Cloud to an eight-run lead after the top of the first inning. The top of the order set the table- Chandler Lynn walked, Chase Musselman singled and Alex Gordy walked to load the bases for Gray Stephens. The junior first baseman lined a 1-2 pitch into left field to score Lynn with the first run of the game.
Cloud drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly to center. Will Watts followed with a single to load the bases for a second time. Gordy scored on a wild pitch during Jason Dukes’s at bat and the sophomore catcher wound up walking on four pitches to load the bases for a third time.
A pair of sophomores drove in the next three Bulldog runs to increase the TCHS lead to 6-0. Third baseman Bryson Stanley singled to right field driving in two runs and Kodi Cortez’s base hit to center scored one. With two down the Dawgs scored a run on an error on a grounder hit by Musselman. Gordy ended the scoring by driving in a run with an infield hit to the left side.
The Warriors scored their first run in the bottom of the first on a two-out single by Kaleb Kennedy. Cloud allowed a single in the second and retired the Warriors on two fly balls to Lynn in center field and a ground out to Kortez at short.
Kennedy drove in a second Warrior run in the third inning with a ground ball to second with one down and runners on second and third.
For the next three innings- from the fourth through the sixth- Cloud pitched shutout ball. He faced three batters in the fourth and struck out two of them- both looking.
Two Warriors reached base in the fifth inning on a leadoff walk and a one-out single. Cloud ended the scoring threat- with runners on second and third- with a fly ball to center field.
Aiden Willis singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth. However, the lefty pitcher picked him off and then Cloud ended the inning inducing a fly ball to left and a ground out to second.
The Bulldogs made four of their six errors in the bottom of the seventh inning allowing the Warriors to score three unearned runs. Head coach Derek James made one mound visit, but he let his senior finish the game and on his 102nd pitch Cloud threw an 0-1 ball in the zone and Kirkland Purcell grounded out to Cortez at short to end the game.