Bulldogs open first full week with loss
The Toombs County Bulldogs closed out their 2014 regular season with four games in five days and their last game in that set was at Bacon County. They lost that game. Coincidentally, the Dawgs opened up their first full week of the regular season at Bacon County in the Raiders’ new ballpark. Bacon broke open a close game with a four-run fifth leading to a 6-2 Raider victory.
Bacon scored a run in the first inning on an opposite field single by left handed designated hitter Jacob Holton. The Raiders scored a second run in the fourth on TCHS’s first error of the season. Toombs scored a run in the fifth. Jake Davis walked, D.R. Meadows (2-for-3 with a walk) singled and Tyler Luke (1-for-4) grounded out to third scoring Davis.
Luke deals 8 1/3 innings of no-hit ball
in epic Bulldog loss
n his second pitching start of his senior season Tyler Luke continued a Bulldog tradition of sensational and memorable pitching performances. Luke pitched 8 1/3 innings of no-hit ball. However, Islands High scored a pair of runs in the ninth beat the Dawgs 3-2 as Luke pitched a nine-inning one-hitter. In the past Jared Allen (2007) and Javec King (2009) pitched Bulldog no-hitters.
Luke drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. He grounded out to third base driving in Lane Adams (0-for-3 with two walks) who walked as the leadoff hitter. Luke wasn’t the only right hander who pitched well in this Region 1 AAA crossover game. Charlie Harrell didn’t allow a hit until D.R. Meadows (2-for-3) led off the fourth with a double. Harrell and Wilkinson allowed five Bulldog hits.
Bulldogs run-rule Johnson for 1st win
The Toombs County Bulldogs scored 10 runs in the first inning and five in the third in a 15-0 three inning home victory over Johnson. The Region 1 AAA crossover victory was the first of the season for the now 1-4 Dawgs.
Tyler Luke (2-for-2) drove in three runs with two run scoring singles in the first inning and a sacrifice fly to right in the third. Logan McGowan (1-for-1 with a walk), D.R. Meadows (1-for-1 with walk), Alan Beverly (2-for-3), Christian Conleya nd Bryce Harrison all singled in a run. Nick Curtis had a sacrifice fly RBI.
On the mound Meadows pitched the first two innings and was the winning pitcher for the first time with the varsity. He allowed a bloop single and struck out four batters. Nick Taylor struck out the side in the third.
History repeats itself
Luke pitches another gem and doesn’t win
Tyler Luke has thrown 21 1/3 innings allowing 11 hits and four earned runs for a 1.31 ERA with 25 strikeouts and five walks and yet in three starts the senior does not have a victory. He is 0-1 with two no decisions. Luke’s latest effort was a seven inning stint in which he allowed five hits and one earned run with nine k’s and one walk at Jenkins High in Savannah. The end result a 2-1 loss in eight innings as the Warriors scored the game-winning run, with two outs, on a pass ball dropping the Bulldogs record to 1-5 and 0-2 in cross over games in Region 1 AAA
Jenkins scored the first run, in the third inning, on an infield hit by leadoff hitter D.J. Tinsley and a run scoring single by Matt Craft. The Dawgs tied the game in the top of the fourth when D.R. Meadows (1-for-3) blasted a triple off the fence in left center field. Luke (0-for-2) drove in his eighth run of the season with a sacrifice fly to right field. The Bulldogs only had three hits off senior right-hander Brennan Shreak. Nick Curtis (1-for-3) led off the fifth with a single.
Another big Indian inning downs the Dawgs
In their 2015 season opener the Toombs County Bulldogs were beaten by Vidalia when the Indians scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a one-run victory. Two weeks later, in Lyons, the Indians broke open a 1-1 game with a five-run fourth on their way to a 6-2 win.
enior Nick Taylor started on the Jacky Jones mound for the Bulldogs and he pitched three innings and allowed one hit while striking out one Indian and walking three. Nick Curtis pitched three innings and yielded four hits and D.R. Meadows threw the top of the seventh and allowed one hit and walked a batter and left the bases loaded with a strikeout.
Luke pitches another 1-hitter and doesn’t win again
For the second time in two weeks Toombs County senior pitcher Tyler Luke pitched a one-hitter and his Bulldogs didn’t win the game. Two weeks to date of his nine inning one-hitter home loss to Islands, Luke pitched a six inning one-hitter at Dodge and once again TCHS lost by a single run, this time it was 1-0.
Both teams broke up a double no-hitter in the fourth inning. TCHS leadoff hitter D.R. Meadows (1-for-3) led off the top of the inning smacking the first pitch down the third base line and off the bag for the first hit of the game. Lane Adams laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to the right of home plate advancing Meadows to second and a grounder moved him to third where he was stranded.
Appling denies Dawgs a subregion victory
The Appling County Pirates scored three runs in the fifth inning and two in the seventh to beat the Toombs County Bulldogs 5-2 in a Region 1 subregion game in Lyons. The Dawgs fall to 1-9 and 0-2 in the subregion.
Toombs scored a run in the bottom of the fifth. Nick Taylor (1-for-1) singled and D.R. Meadows (2-for-4) doubled in the run.
Brantley’s Collins homers & robs the Dawgs
Brantley County center fielder Mikel Collins smashed a solo home run over the right field fence and made two spectacular catches to highlight the Herons’ 7-1 victory over Toombs County at Jacky Jones Field.
The Bulldogs’ offensive highlights, in a game in which they had only six hits off a steady diet of off speed pitches for the first six innings, were two hits from Alan Beverly and a double to deep left by D.R. Meadows. Those two combined to produce the only Toombs run of the game. Meadows (1-for-3) hit his two-bagger, with one out in the fifth inning, and Beverly (2-for-2), who came off the bench to replace Meadows at short when he took over on the mound, hit his RBI single with two down.
Meadows faced the minimum in the fifth and sixth despite allowing a single in each inning. The Bulldogs Brandon Helton hustled into the gap and scooped up a base hit and threw to second to get an out in the fifth. In the sixth the Bulldogs put on a bunt play on defense and catcher Dalton McBride threw to second baseman Lane Adams who slipped behind the runner at first to record the out.
Meadows yielded two unearned runs in the seventh. He struck out three batters in his three innings and allowed four hits.
D.R. and Cole lead Dawgs to second win
D.R. Meadows pitched six innings of two-hit ball, including the first 4 1/3 hitless and Cole Dowd went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs batted in as the Toombs County Bulldogs claimed their second victory of the season, a 5-1 decision at Swainsboro
Meadows, who has been the starting and winning pitcher in both Bulldog wins, lost his no-hit bid when Brock Hooks singled to left with one out in the fifth. Meadows also yielded a one-out double in the sixth. He threw six innings and struck out five and walked four while allowing one earned run. Tyler Luke pitched the seventh and struck out the side.
The Bulldogs scored a run in the first when Meadows (1-for-4) reached on an error and scored after Cole Dowd had stroked a double to left. The throw went to the center of the diamond and Meadows raced home.
Dowd singled to left in the third to put the Bulldogs up 2-0. Swainboro cut the lead in half in the bottom of the frame and then the Dawgs put the game on ice.
Luke walked, Lane Adams (1-for-3) dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line and then the Bulldogs smashed three straight RBI hits. Meadows singled, Dowd tripled to center and George Lucke came out of the dugout as a pinch hitter and singled to left.
Luke & the Dawgs lose by one again
Tyler Luke has started six games for the Toombs County and in five of those games the Bulldogs have lost by one single run. The latest frustrating start was a subregion game at Tattnall County. Luke pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and he and the Dawgs lost 5-4, dropping the TCHS record to 2-12 and 0-5 in the subregion.
Luke (1-for-3) broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the fourth. With one out D.R. Meadows (2-for-3) singled and the hot hitting Cole Dowd hustled down the first baseline and reached on an infield hit to second scoring pinch runner Brandon Helton. Dowd is 7-for-10 in his last three games. With two out Nick Curtis (1-for-3) lined a single to right. The ball got by the outfielders and two Bulldogs scored while Curtis was out at third. The score was now tied at 3-all.
In the bottom of the fourth Luke walked a pair of batters and both scored on a double, to the fence in left field, by left-handed hitting Blake Durrence. The Warriors were back on top 5-3.
Meadows and Dowd each reached on infield hits in the sixth. However, Meadows rounded the second base bag on the Dowd hit and he was tripped by an infielder trying to get back and was called out at second on a controversial call ending the frame. Coaches Nick Hayes and Hunter Adams, subbing for head coach Brian Fitzgerald who was tossed out of the Swainsboro game the night before, argued the call.
Dawgs are in and out in three innings
For the second time this season the Toombs County Bulldogs run-ruled a Coastal Empire opponent 15-0, in three innings, in a Region 1 crossover game at Jacky Jones Field. The first victim was the Johnson Atom Smashers and the latest, on a Monday afternoon, was Savannah High. The Bulldogs record is 3-12 and 0-5 in the subregion.
ick Taylor picked up his first win as a TCHS pitcher allowing just one hit with six strikeouts and three walks. The only hit was an infield dribbler which didn’t even make it to the mound.
On offense nine Bulldogs walked, one was hit by a pitch and one reached on an error. D.R. Meadows, back in the leadoff position, went 2-4 with a RBI, Lane Adams 1-for-2 with a RBI, Nick Curtis 1-for-1 with a double and a RBI, Cole Dowd 1-for-1 with a double, Christian Conley 1-for-2 with a RBI and Dalton McBride 1-for-1 with two walks and a RBI.
Bulldogs win first subregion game
The Toombs County Bulldog baseball team came close to winning their first subregion game in their first trip around the league. The Dawgs lost two of their first five sub games by one run including a 1-0 defeat at Dodge County. Toombs avenged that loss at Jacky Jones Field, with a 9-5 victory giving the 4-12 Bulldogs their first two game win streak of the season.
The Dawgs scored an unearned, with two outs, in the third and then two runs, with nobody out in the fourth on a two-run double to deep right by Tyler Luke (2-for-4). In the fifth D.R. Meadows (1-for-3) and Lane Adams (1-for-1 with three walks) each singled in a run to give Toombs County a 9-1 lead.
Meadows pitched six innings and earned his third win of the season. He allowed five hits and three earned runs while striking out eight Indians and walking four. Luke pitched the seventh inning and struck out a pair of hitters.
Bulldogs rise up and score eight in the 7th
An eight-run seventh inning propelled the Toombs County Bulldogs to a 10-6 win at Appling County. A subregion victory which improved the Dawgs’ sub record to 2-5 and 5-12 overall. Toombs has won three straight and four out five since being run-ruled at Pierce County.
Jake Davis walked and then D.R. Meadows (2-for-4) doubled by dropping a ball into right center which wasn’t caught by two diving outfielders. Two Dawgs scored to make it 7-4. Lane Adams (2-for-4) singled to right to push the lead to 8-4 and then Luke doubled to deep left to make it 9-4 Bulldogs.
Meadows made two diving stops on balls hit up the middle and each time he flipped to Adams for outs at second base. Curtis made a tough catch on a foul ball near his third base bag and Logan McGowan ran down a ball in right field.
Bulldogs drop another one-run game
For the third time in their subregion schedule the Toombs County Bulldogs lost by one single run in a game played on the road. The Dawgs lost by a run at Dodge County, Tattnall County and on Tuesday night 8-7 at Brantley County. The loss dropped Toombs County’s subregion record to 2-6 with two more sub games to play.
Most of the scoring occurred in the first three innings. TCHS jumped up 1-0 in the top of the first. D.R. Meadows (2-for-4) singled and scored on Tyler Luke’s (1-for-2 with two walks) double to deep left field.
Brantley scored a pair of unearned runs, off Meadows, in the bottom of the first and then an earned run on a double by Mikel Collins (2-for-3) in the second to take a 3-1 lead.
In the third TCHS regained the lead by scoring five runs to jump on top 6-3. Nick Curtis (1-for-3) doubled in a run, George Lucke walked with the bases loaded, another run scored on a wild pitch and Meadows singled in two Dawgs.
TCHS & Pierce dual for nine innings
On March 24, in Blackshear, Pierce County run-ruled Toombs County 14-4. 17 days later the two teams met in Lyons and it took the 20-1 Bears nine innings to nip the Bulldogs 4-2.
ith rain approaching the Bulldogs had a chance to win the game in the eighth. D.R. Meadows (2-for-3 with a walk) singled with one out. However, the Dawgs left him at third.
In the top of the ninth Goble reached on a infield hit and Madison Tuten singled. The Bears scored two runs on two separate throwing errors.
2015 TCHS Bulldog Baseball Banquet
D.R. Meadows– The sophomore shortstop and pitcher won the offensive player of the year award and was named second team All-Region 1. D.R. hit .403 in region games and .365 for the season. As both a leadoff hitter and a number three hitter, Meadows had a .521 on base percentage and he led the team in runs scored. Meadows hit a triple off the fence at Jenkins, which was one of the largest parks the Bulldogs played in during the season. He hit two doubles, drove in 10 runs and led the team with 18 runs scored. D.R. had a five game hitting streak early in the season and his first ever seven game hitting streak later on. On the mound was 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA. He lead TCHS to wins over Johnson, Swainsboro and Dodge County.