When a team is hitting .200 that makes it hard to win games even when the pitching staff has a 2.05 ERA. That is the story- through 11 games- of the 2020 Toombs County Bulldogs. For the second straight day the Dawgs were shutout on a less than a handful of hits at Jacky Jones Field and by the same 3-0 score. 2A Bleckley County did it on Friday and 6A Coffee on Saturday.
Coffee junior Justin Swords pitched a complete game and allowed only three Bulldog hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Swords got ahead in the count on a consistent basis by throwing 23 first pitch strikes against the 28 Dawgs he faced.
The first Bulldog to break through with a base hit was Chase Musselman , who singled to left field with one down in the third inning. In the fourth Logan Knight singled with one down and Jason Dukes singled with two outs.
Knight- a sophomore left-hander- threw six solid innings for Toombs. He allowed seven hits and no earned runs while striking out two Trojans and walking one. In his last two outing- including two frames at Portal- Logan has not allowed an earned run.
Dukes pitched the seventh inning and yielded two hits and a run but it was unearned.
The 3-8 Bulldogs open Region 2 action on Tuesday at home against Bacon County. Game time is 5:45.