Bulldogs lose scrimmage
The Dodge County Indians scored three runs on a hit and four walks in the sixth inning to break a three all tie and give the home team, coached by former TCHS Bulldog Jared Allen, a 6-3 win in a seven inning scrimmage which was rescheduled, due to weather, to an 11 a.m. start on Friday.
Another young Bulldog who got to play was freshman D.R. Meadows. Meadows (0-for-1 at the plate) entered the game as a relief pitcher in the sixth and allowed a single up the middle. However, on that play sophomore catcher Stephen Garrett turned a double play. He tagged out a runner at the plate and then threw to third for a second out.
Meadows fires a 2-hitter
Twenty-four hours after James Ethredge and Bailey Salter threw a five-inning no-hitter at McIntosh County Academy, D.R. Meadows took a no-hitter into the fourth inning of the Toombs County Bulldogs’ B-Team home game against ECI. Meadows lost his no-no on a one-out bloop single to center field. He also yielded another bloop single to right in the seventh. However, that was it as the freshman pitched a complete game two-hitter to lead the Dawgs to a 4-0 victory. Meadows struck out eight batters including the final batter of the game.
Meadows singled in the first, stole second and scored on a Stephen Helton single. Hogan White and Logan McGowan also drove in first inning runs with grounders. The Bulldogs scored their final run in the sixth when Helton walked with the bases loaded.
Toombs County wins at Vidalia 5-1
With the Bulldogs leading 3-1 in the seventh and seeking a bigger cushion, Moore and Ethredge walked with one out. With two down and runners on second and third freshman D.R. Meadows was inserted into the game as a pinch hitter. In the B-Team win over Vidalia the day before Meadows went 3-for-4 and scored three runs. D.R., who was 1-for-3 in varsity games, didn’t even take a pitch off left-handed reliever Blake Corbitt. Instead he jumped on the first pitch which was on the outer half of the plate and lined it into right field scoring the final two runs of the game.
B-Team Bulldogs take care of Vidalia in 7
The Toombs County B-Team, which opened the season with a nine inning loss at Vidalia, avenged that defeat with an 11-5 win at Jacky Jones Field. D.R. Meadows and Lane Adams handled the pitching. Meadows threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed only one hit with six strikeouts. Adams worked the final 3 1/3 and yielded three hits with two strikeouts.
Meadows went 3-for-4 and scored three runs, Adams was 1-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored, Hogan White was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, Stephen Helton went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and three runs scored, Logan McGowan was 2-for-4 with one runs scored and Christian Conley 1-for-3 with a RBI.
B-Team Dawgs soar in 7th
The Toombs County B-Team Bulldogs, who lost a three run lead in the bottom of the sixth, scored three runs in the top of the seventh as they defeated Appling County 9-6 in Baxley. With two outs, Christian Conley placed a single, backside, down the left field line and Jalen Mobley reached on an error setting the table for leadoff hitter D.R. Meadows. Meadows, who was hitless while pitching the first five innings, stroked the game-winning hit as the team’s third baseman. His double to left scored two runs and then he scored on a hit by winning pitcher Lane Adams.
Dawgs roar in the seventh
The Toombs County Bulldogs broke open a close game, at Atkinson County, in the seventh inning by scoring eight runs which expanded their 1-0 lead to 9 zip in what turned out to be a 9-3 Region 2 win. The Bulldogs are 9-7 and 8-4 in the region and they remain in fourth place with the top four making the GHSA State Tournament.
The Bulldogs were hitless through first three innings. Although, they did have two scoring opportunities. D.R. Meadows walked to lead .off the game and was stranded at second base. Christian Moore walked to start the second and he was left at third.
The Dawgs started their big seventh inning with one out. Blake Horton walked and Garrett stroked a single. A balk moved the runners to second and third and Meadows drove them in with a single. Ethredge followed with a run scoring hit, Braddy was intentionally walked and then Jeremy Beasley singled in a run. Bailey Salter and Tyler Luke also had RBI hits.
Dawgs begin final stretch with win
The Toombs County Bulldog baseball team began a busy final six game stretch, in 10 days, with a 10-1 home win over McIntosh County Academy. The Dawgs tallied 14 hits while three TCHS pitchers allowed only four hits and no earned runs. Toombs is 9-4 in Region 2 and 10-7 overall and in remains in fourth place in the playoff race. The top four go to the postseason. Watch Highlights You Tube
TCHS scored three runs in the second on a grounder by Tyler Luke (1-for-3) and RBI singles by Chris Mobley (1-for-1) and D.R. Meadows (2-for-3). The Bulldogs scored five more times in the third. Ben Brantley (1-for-2) hit a grounder that scored one, Luke singled in a pair of teammates, Mobley hit a sacrifice fly and Meadows hit the ball to second to make it 8-1.
More hits, but same result
The Toombs County Bulldogs stroked three more hits off lefty ace Chipper Wiley, at Jacky Jones Field, than they did when they faced him in Savannah. However, the result was similar. The Bulldogs lost to Benedictine 11-0 in five innings as opposed to 10-0 in six earlier this season.
D.R. Meadows hit two singles and was 2-for-3. He also handled three grounders at second base and made a leeping catch which he turned into a double play by throwing to first catching a Cadet off the bag.
Dawgs begin important week
with 7th inning rally at Long Co.
Nobody is more aware of how challenging it is to beat Long County then Toombs County senior pitcher Jeremy Beasley. In the past two seasons he has pitched two games against the Blue Tide in which he threw 14 innings allowing only two earned runs with 13 strikeouts and one walk and he lost both starts. On Monday, as the Dawgs started the final week of the regular season playing four games in five games, it looked like he might lose another game by the same script.
D.R. Meadows (1-for-4) was next and he hit a ball, in the air, into the first strands of grass with the infield playing in. The ball was not caught and Davis scored to make it 2-1 TCHS. The play was ruled a hit. Meadows stole third and scored on a RBI hit by Hunter Braddy (1-for-4).
JV Dawgs end 10-5 season with JD win
The Toombs County junior varsity baseball team opened up the season with three one-run losses. However, these Bulldogs finished strong beating Jeff Davis 3-1 at Jacket Field to finish 10-5.
.R. Meadows (2-for-4) led off with a deep double to right field and scored on a RBI single by Logan McGowan (1-for-2 with two walks). White’s double to right drove in the Bulldog’s third run.
Long week ends in Alma with a loss
The Toombs County Bulldogs wrapped up their busiest week in recent history with an 11-4 loss at Bacon County. The Dawgs played nearly 4 1/2 games in five days in four different towns winning two and losing two.
Toombs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Hunter Braddy (1-for-3) and D.R. Meadows (2-for-2 with a walk) each singled and James Etherdge (1-for-4) doubled in Meadows. The Bulldogs lost a runner at third on a balk call. Braddy was thrown out at third on the play. Head coach Brian Fitzgerald questioned why the balk didn’t wipe out the out. After several umpire discussions Braddy was called out.
Ethredge & Beasley toss 17 innings
Allow six hits and three earned runs
in Bulldog sweep of Bleckley County
Game 1- The Bulldogs regained the lead in the fifth. D.R. Meadows (3-for-4 with two walks) leadoff with a double and scored as Braddy grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
Meadows walked and Ethredge stroked the game winning hit to left as Horton scored from second base beating two throws to the plate.
Game 2- The Bulldogs didn’t mess around in the first inning in this game. Meadows (1-for-2), who was on base eight times in the doubleheader from the leadoff positon, singled. Ethredge (2-for-4) stroked a double and Beasley hit a sacrifice fly that scored Meadows to make it 1-0.
Toombs scored it’s second run in the fourth. Beasley led off with a double and scored on a Luke (1-for-1) sacrifice fly. The Bulldogs had the only big inning of the entire day in the fifth. Brandon Beckum and Horton (three walks) opened up the frame by walking. Meadows bunted the ball down the first base line. Slaughter elected to go to third and Jake Davis (running for Beckum) was safe to load up the bases. Ethredge followed with a RBI single. Horton and Meadows each scored on a wild pitch and Luke stroked a run scoring single. Horton walked and scored the game’s final run.
Dawgs lose to Cook in 12 innings
In their four previous trips to Adel to play the Cook County Hornets in the GHSA Double A State Baseball Tournament it has been very challenging for the Toombs County Bulldogs to win a game. In eight games they had one victory. Back in 2009 Javec King struck out 15 Hornets and allowed only two hits to lead Toombs to a 12-0. On Wednesday, in the first game of this second round series, Jeremy Beasley pitched 10 innings and struck out a career-high 14 batters and the senior did not win. Instead, the Hornets’ Maysoe Whiley hit a deep drive to center field, with no outs, in the bottom of the 12th to single in the game-winner as the Hornets prevailed 5-4.
The Bulldogs only had six hits. Christian Moore went 1-for-5, Brandon Beckum 1-for-4 and D.R. Meadows 1-for-4 and he was on base four times also reaching on two walks and an error. Meadows has been on base 13 times, from the leadoff position, in three playoff games.
The Bulldog B-Team finished the season with a 10-5 record. However, with D.R. Meadows on the field they were 10-2. Meadows, a freshman, at one point during the JV season had a .700 batting average. He went 5-for-6 in a game at Jeff Davis and on the mound pitched a complete game two-hitter against ECI at Jacky Jones Field. Meadows became a full time starter on the varsity at shortstop and was the leadoff hitter. D.R. hit .378 to lead the varsity with two doubles and 9 RBI. He finished the season with a six-game hitting streak and had a .610 on-base percentage. During the state playoffs his on-base percentage was .708.