The Toombs County High School baseball team went on the road a second time this season and came back with a loss to the Appling County Pirates 6-2.
TCHS opened up the game scoring two runs in the top of the first. Seniors Chandler Lynn and Chase Musselman each reached on a walk. Junior Bryson Stanley grounded into a fielder’s choice and that left Lynn and Musselman on second and third. During Sophomore Wil Watts at bat two runs were scored. Lynn scored on a passed ball by the catcher and Musselman was driven in by a RBI single by Watts. These runs were the only two the Bulldogs scored.
The Pirates responded in the bottom of the first scoring one run. The game went two full innings and a half until the Pirates scored another run in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at two all. The Pirates eventually broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth. The Pirates scored three runs in that inning. The bases were loaded by a HBP and two base hits. Then right handed hitter and Pirate catcher, Dawson Griffis came up to the plate and smacked a triple scoring three runs. In the bottom of the sixth, the Pirates scored another run on a homer by centerfielder Harrison Simmons.
Sophomore Gavin Hall started his first varsity start as the team’s pitcher. Hall, mostly known for his sound quarterback abilities for the TCHS Middle and now JV football team, pitched an excellent game. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits, five runs (two were earned), one walk and had five strikeouts. Caden VerSluis came in relief and finished the game. VerSluis gave up one hit which was a homer. So, that run was earned. VerSluis had two strikeouts in the five batters he faced.
The Bulldogs are now 2-2 overall.
TCHS will be on the road once again in Tattnall County on February 26 for a JV-Varsity doubleheader with the JV game beginning at 4 and the Varsity game following at around 6. You can listen to the Varsity game on Y-101 100.9 or listen to the live stream by clicking here.