Bulldogs hold on and upset undefeated and #1 Pierce County
The Toombs County Bulldogs opened up a 5-1 lead over Pierce County and they held on to beat the top ranked and previously undefeated Double A Bears 8-6. Justin Adams started on the mound and pitched five innings and picked up the win and in a 2-for-4 day at the plate he his sixth home run of the season. Trey Mosley and Taylor Dowd each had two hits and drove in two runs and Neal Rodgers extended his hitting streak to 13 games by going 3-for-4. Seth Stroud pitched the the sixth and seventh and earned a save as the 6-9 Bulldogs gave Pierce, 15-1, its first loss of the season.
Coach Brian Fitzgerald talks about the win
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Bulldogs rally three times and win
Pierce County led Toombs County 3-0, 4-3 and 6-4, however, each time the Bulldogs rallied and tied the game, at three and four, and then won it 7-6 in the ninth inning on a RBI double by Justin Adams that scored Bryan Benton. Benton singled in a run in the seventh inning that tied the game at four-all and then in the ninth he reached on a bunt single that pushed in a run that pulled the Bulldogs to within one run. Javec King scored from third on a wild pitch that tied the game at six.
King pitched the first seven innings and struck out 12 batters and allowed only three hits and no earned runs. Lance Mosley threw the final two innings and picked up his first varsity win.
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Adams’s 9th inning homer ends classic
In a game that had the feel of the Robert Redford movie “The Natural”, Bulldog senior Justin Adams swung his magic bat hard as he led off the bottom of the ninth inning by hitting a Tucker Darsey pitch off the yellow on the top of the right field fence and it bounced over for a walk-off home run that gave Toombs County a 5-4 win over Bleckley County at a wild and very excited Jackie Jones Field.
Adams, who borrowed the 33 ounce, 30 inch original DeMarini Voodoo bat from freshman catcher Berry Aldridge, hit a solo homer with it on his first swing in a Thursday win at Atkinson County. On Friday he walked his first two times at the plate and then he hit two doubles and his game-winning home run. The Magic Bat is actually and old Brewton-Parker College bat. BPC gave the bat to Aldridge about four years ago. He uses it in Bulldog B-Team games and when he plays with the varsity.
The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 after three innings as Bleckley scored a run in the first on a two-out RBI double by Chase Young and a run in the third on a two out homer by Darsey. The Bulldogs rallied in the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Dowd which brought in Bryan Benton, who led off the inning with a single. TCHS took a 3-2 lead in the fifth after scoring a run on a balk and a RBI double by Adams.
Bleckley County regained the lead in the sixth off reliever Jonathan Salter, who hit two batters, gave up a run scoring single. Salter walked Tyler Sellers with the bases loaded to put the Royals up 4-3. However, the Bulldogs got busy in the bottom of the seventh. Pinch hitter Patrick Craft led off with a single. Craft was thrown out at the plate on a Adams double to left field. Neal Rodgers, who pitched the first four innings, saved the Bulldogs by doubling in the tying run with two outs.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the eighth with nobody out and did not score. A strikeout, a force play at home on a grounder back to the mound and a six to four force play at second base ended the threat.
Salter pitched the final five innings of the game and picked up his first varsity win. He struck out nine batters, walked three, hit three and allowed only two base hits. The left handed sophomore stranded the bases loaded in the sixth by striking out Chase Young and he got a ground ball out to shortstop Blake Chaulkley to end the eighth with two runners on base.
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Bulldogs storm back in the 7th inning
In winning 41 of their last 50 games dating back to the end of the 2008 season the Toombs County Bulldogs have pulled of quite a few amazing comebacks. However, none was more improbable than the Bulldogs 6-5 home win over Dodge County. Toombs entered the bottom of the seventh with just three hits off starter Brandon Beck. With one down Stacy Cheshire jumped on the first pitch and singled. Brett Jernigan followed with another single and then Patrick Craft doubled in Cheshire to make it 5-2. Lance Mosley’s grounder to second base made it 5-3 and Josh Allen, who went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, singled to pull the Dawgs to within a run with two outs. Javec King singled by the the Indians shortstop to tie the game and then Berry Aldridge competed the comeback with a backside single to right center field to give the Bulldogs their third comeback victory in a week.
avec King (5-0) pitched a complete game and struck out 10 while allowing five hits and no walks. All the runs scored by Dodge were unearned as the Bulldogs made six errors against the Indians’ bunting offense.
TCHS Bulldogs repeat as Region 3B Champs
King homers and strikes out 14 in 8 inning thriller
For the second straight year the Toombs County Bulldogs clinched the Region 3B title by beating Dodge County on the last day of the subregion season. Javec King hit a solo homer in the fourth, reached on a two-out error in the eighth that allowed Patrick Craft to score and the senior pitched a complete game four-hitter with 14 strikeouts as Toombs held off Dodge 2-1 in eight thrilling innings in Eastman.
King’s fifth home run of the season came with one out in the fourth as he smashed the ball over the center field fence. The Indians tied the game at one in the bottom of the inning when their pitcher Clint Taylor doubled to right center scoring Christian Miller, who singled with one out. The Bulldogs had two chances to take the lead in regulation. However, they left a runner at third in the sixth and made an out at third in the seventh.
Patrick Craft led off the eighth with a double to left field and moved to third on a grounder and then he scored when King hit a grounder to short and the throw to first was way off the bag. In the bottom of the eighth Brandon Beck led off with a walk and he was eliminated at second when third baseman Josh Allen dove to his left and fielded a grounder and then threw to second base for the second out of the inning. The game’s final out was recorded at third when Allen caught a pick off throw from King and then put on the tag to end an intense classic game.
Bulldogs walk-off with Game 3 win
Akins and Aldridge supply the power
n a tie game, in the bottom of the eighth, Toombs County sophomore Berry Aldridge pulled a fastball down the left field line and the laser shot hit the foul poll for a walk-off homer that gave the Bulldogs a 6-5 win over Berrien County in game three of their second round series.
Aldridge’s homer wasn’t the only exhilarating moment in the game. In the fifth inning, with the Bulldogs down 3-1, Alex Akins hit his first varsity home run over the center field fence. The blast which traveled more than 360 feet scored Patrick Craft (leadoff walk) and Blake Butcher (single) and gave Toombs a 4-3 lead.
Battling Bulldogs scratch out an amazing win
In a key Region 2 game with plenty of memorable swings- Blake Butcher’s two doubles, Josh Barber’s two triples and Byron Buxton’s long solo smash over the center field fence. Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think- that the Toombs County Bulldogs beat Appling County in eight innings on a swinging bunt by Brett Jernigan that traveled no more than a couple of feet away from home plate. On a 3-2 pitch Jernigan barely made contact with a sharp breaking curve ball hitting it off the end of the bat. The ball barely rolled up the first base line. Catcher Matthew Shumans stabbed at the ball three times before finally picking it up and his throw to first was off line allowing courtesy runner Ryan Davis to score from third base with one out giving the Bulldogs a 13-12 win in Baxley.
In the bottom of the eighth Jernigan took the hill in relief of Lance Mosley and retired Appling three up-three down on a strike out, a fly ball to right and a grounder to second that Alex Akins battled before throwing to first to end the game.
The offensive tone for this three-plus hour game was set in the first inning when both teams got the leadoff hitter aboard and scored. Toombs got the first batter on base in six of its eight innings and Appling did it five times. The Bulldogs reeled off three hits of starter Josh Barber and scored twice in the first on a wild pitch and a run scoring single to shallow left by left-hand hitting Jonathan Salter. Meanwhile, Appling stroked four first inning hits and scored three times.
The Bulldogs tied the game at three in the second on three hits and a wild pitch that scored Jernigan. Appling regained the lead in the bottom of the inning by scoring two runs on Barber’s second triple and a 379 foot sacrifice fly to center field by Byron Buxton. It is 380 to the fence.
The Bulldogs made it a 5-5 game in the third when Alex Akins double in a run and another scored on a Pirate error. After Bulldog starting pitcher Ryan Davis pulled off the first three-up, three-down inning by inducing three grounders in the third, TCHS took another lead in the fourth by scoring four runs on RBI singles by Evan Adams, Mosley and Cody Dowd and a run scoring grounder to the right side of the infield by Butcher. Now it was 9-5 Bulldogs.
Head coach Brian Fitzgerald talks about his teams amazing win
Appling came right back in the bottom of the fourth and tied the game at nine as Buxton doubled in two runs and Tyler Avera singled in one. Salter put the Bulldogs back on top at 10-9 in the top of the fifth with a RBI grounder to second. But no lead was permanent in the middle innings and the Pirates pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the fifth to take a 11-10 lead.
Buxton, who went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in, jumped on a Mosley change up in the sixth and drove it way over the right center field fence giving his team a 12-10 lead going to the seventh. In what could have been the Bulldogs’ final at bat, Patrick Craft, 2-for-4 with two walks, lead off and drew the 51st walk of his career. Adams reached on an infield hit and Berry Aldridge walked. TCHS scored two runs with Salter at the plate. The first on a wild pitch and the second on a grounder to second. Now it was 12-12.
To get to the eighth inning the Bulldogs had to survive the bottom of the seventh. With one out Mosley walked Barber. With two out he threw a wild pitch to Buxton that moved the runner to second. Coach Brian Fitzgerald intentionally.walked Buxton. Then with Avera at the plate Mosley threw another wild pitch moving runners to second and third. That allowed the Bulldogs to intentionally walk Avera, who was 3-for-4 in the game. With the bases loaded Mosley struck out Kyle Miller to post his first of two straight scoreless innings.
The Toombs County Bulldogs spent 6 1/2 innings either trailing or tied with visiting Long County. However, in their final at bat the young Bulldogs conjured up their first come-from-behind 7-6 win. With one down and a runner at second, Efrain Quinterro (2-for-3 with 2 RBI’s) singled over the head of the second baseman to drive in pinch runner Austin Cartier. Trey Wingate walked and Bailey Salter (2-for-3) singled to left to load the bases with one down. Sophomore second baseman Hunter Braddy, from the leadoff position, then engaged in an one-on-one duel with relief pitcher John Christiansen in a righty, righty match up.
Hunter fouled off the first two pitches in his nine-pitch at bat that lasted 3 minutes and 47 seconds. Braddy fouled off three more pitches as he worked the count full and then on the first 3-2 pitch he lifted the ball up in the air to very shallow left field, no more than 12 feet behind the outside cut of the grass. Head coach Brian Fitzgerald sent pinch runner Blake Horton home after right fielder Jacob Turner made the catch. Turner’s short throw home tailed off drastically to the first base side of the plate allowing Horton to score easily as all of his teammates raced out of the dugout and to the first base side of the diamond to congratulate Braddy. “I was pretty nervous up there,” said Braddy. ” I was just trying to get the ball to the outfield and I knew I had to swing at anything close and I just kept battling them and I finally got one. I didn’t hit it as far as I wanted to, but I got the run in.”
On the mound Bailey Salter pitched the first six innings for the Bulldogs. He allowed five runs of which three were earned in the first inning as the Bulldogs fell behind 5-0. Toombs scored a run in the first on a Long County wild pitch. The Bulldogs tied the game in the third by scoring four unearned runs. Berry Aldridge doubled to right field to drive in one, Jeremy Beasley reached on an infield hit to third that scored another and Quinterro hit a sacrifice fly that plated the final run of the frame.
The Blue Tide regained the lead in the fifth by stroking two hits and scoring on a sac fly. Jeremy Beasley pitched a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts for his second victory of the week. Berry Aldridge went 2-for-3 and doubled in a run in the third inning and he made a sliding catch way up the first baseline on a pop up in foul territory.
Bulldogs nip Indians in 12 innings
In a game full of twists and turns with plenty of frustrating moments, the Toombs County Bulldogs finally pulled out a 12 inning 7-6 home victory over rival Vidalia when Hunter Braddy singled to center field, with the bases loaded, to drive in pinch runner Chris Mobley.
n regulation time, the Indians scored a run in the second and two in the third to take a 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs scored two in the second on a RBI single by James Ethredge (3-for-5) and a sacrifice fly by Cody Dowd. TCHS surged into a 6-3 lead with a four run fourth. Christian Moore (2-for-6) stroked his first of two doubles, Bailey Salter (2-for-5) singled, and Braddy (3-for-3) hit a sacrifice fly and Ethredge singled in a run.
Vidalia battled back and tied the game at 6-all. The Indians scored two runs in the fifth and Blake Corbitt singled in a run, with two in the sixth, to set up the extra inning extravaganza.
The Bulldogs had a runner thrown out at home to end the eighth inning. They stranded runners on second and third in the ninth and left the bases loaded in the tenth.
Ethredge & Beasley toss 17 innings
Allow six hits and three earned runs
in Bulldog sweep of Bleckley County
James Ethredge and Jeremy Beasley have anchored the Toombs County Bulldogs pitching staff for three seasons. However, the two seniors have never combined to accomplish, in one day, what they did at Bleckley County in the first round of the GHSA State Tournament. The two college signees pitched 17 innings and allowed only six hits as the Dawgs swept the Royals 4-3 (10 innings) and 7-1. Ethredge threw all 10 innings yielding five hits in the first game and even drove in the game winning run with a two-out single to left field- his fourth straight hit in a 4-for-6 effort.
Beasley tossed a one hitter in game two and he went 1-for-2 at the plate and drove in the Bulldogs first run with a sacrifice fly in the first and doubled in the fourth and scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Luke, who also went 2-for-4 in the first game highlighted by a lead off home run to left in the third, his first varsity home run.
All four Region 2 teams swept their Region 4 opponents. Number 1 seed Benedictine beat Lamar County 10-0 in five innings and 7-2. Number 2 seed Jeff Davis routed Monticello 11-1 in five innings and 9-1 and third seeded Metter swept Taylor County, on the road, 9-0 and 6-5.
Game 1- This nearly three hour thriller started slowly as the Bulldogs made five outs in six at bats to open up the game against lefty Austin Williams. Luke leadoff the third with his solo homer and Hunter Braddy (1-for-5) singled with two outs to make it 2-0.
Bleckley County got the two runs back in the bottom of the third on RBI hits by Wiliams and Dalton Churchwell. 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.
The Royals tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Ethredge struckout the first two batters. However, one reached as the ball got away. Ethredge hit Cal Young and power hitter Caleb Slaughter (0-for-1 with four walks) was intentionally walked. Zac Evans hit a sacrifice fly to left field with one out to tie the game at 3-3. Ethredge stranded runners at first and second in the seventh and then left them at second and third in the eighth. The Bulldogs turned a double play in the ninth as Slaughter hit a ball that Braddy (2nd baseman) caught in the outfield grass and then he threw to second for the second out.
The Bulldogs left runners at first and third in the eighth and stranded three more in the ninth. Blake Horton (1-for-5) singled, with two outs in the top of the tenth, Meadows walked and Ethredge stroked the game winning hit to left as Horton scored from second base beating two throws to the plate.
In the bottom of the tenth Churchwell leadoff with a walk. Thomas Adcock sacrificed him to second and then he moved to third on a grounder to second. On a 0-1 pitch Austin Simmons hit a challenging grounder to Beasley at first. The senior went to a knee to field it, waved off Ethredge, and ran to the bag to end the ten inning marathon.
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.
Bleckley County scored it’s only run in the third as the Bulldogs made three straight errors.
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.
Trailing 4-0 after four innings, the Bulldogs scored two runs in the fifth inning off an Appling error on a ball hit to second by Cole Dowd (2-for-4). The seventh began with Tyler Luke (1-for-4) earning a walk after falling behind in the count 0-2. Dowd doubled to left putting runners on second and third for Nick Curtis (1-for-4). The junior third baseman lined a pitch into left to score a pair of runs tying the score at 4. With one out and Curtis at third base, Appling brought the infield in. Freshman catcher Dalton McBride (1-for-2) worked the count full and then poked a pitch into right to put TCHS up 5-4. And the Bulldogs weren’t done.
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.Luke started on the mound and pitched all seven innings.
The senior, who entered the game with a sub two ERA, was 0-for-4 with two no decisions. But, despite not having his best control he won his first game. Luke allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in six of the seven innings and that runner scored in five different frames.
Appling scored single runs in each of the first four innings. The score could have been worse for the Bulldogs had Luke not stranded nine runners on base in the first four innings, including five in scoring position. Plus the Bulldogs played some spectacular defense. 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.
Tyler settled down in the fifth and sixth and faced only seven batters. However, in the seventh Appling sent nine batters to the plate and scored twice. Luke recorded all three outs in that frame with strikeouts.
Luke allowed only six hits. However, he walked nine batters and hit one with six strikeouts.
TCHS Bulldogs pull out a nine inning win over Dodge County
Three days after the Toombs County Bulldogs lost a nine-inning game at Southeast Bulloch, the Dawgs won a nine inning home game over Dodge County 5-4 on a ground ball, to second, off Martin Stephens’s bat which scored George Lucke from third base. Watch a Salain Meadows slideshow
Lucke led off the ninth hitting the ball into left for a hit and the ball got by the fielder and Lucke wound up at third base. Dodge County head coach Matt Herring intentionally walked Jordan Usher and Christian Conley, who combined drove in the first three Bulldog runs, to load the bases with nobody out for Stephens. The sophomore first baseman, who was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts, fell behind in the count 0-and-2. But, the left-handed hitter was able to pull the ball to the right side. Aaron Kitchens fielded the ball and the second baseman’s throw to the plate was high allowing Lucke to slide in feet first with the winning run for the Bulldogs.
Jordan Usher put Toombs County up 2-0 in the second driving in Lucke, who reached on an error, with a big swing at a J.T. Shield’s fastball. HIs massive drive cleared the left center field fence for a rare Jacky Jones home run. The Bulldogs first over the fence homer since Tyler Luke knocked one out at Cook County in the 2014 state playoffs.
Dodge scored single runs in the third and fourth to tie the game at 2. Clint Thompson doubled in a run in the third and an error scored the run in the fourth. Christian Conley singled in a run in the bottom of the fourth to put TCHS back on top 3-2 and then Thompson singled in an unearned run in the fifth to tie the game at 3-all.
D.R. Meadows walked, with one out, and scored on an error in the fifth to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead and that slim margin held up until the seventh when Dodge scored a run on a Bulldog error to tie the game with two outs.
Nick Curtis pitched 6 1/3 innings and then turned the game over to Meadows, who threw seven inning on Tuesday. D.R. fielded a grounder and threw out a runner at home plate in the seventh and induced a double-play ball to end the eighth. He rolled through the ninth with two fly balls and a strikeout to pick up the win. He is 3-0 this season and 6-1 with the varsity lifetime and he is 2-0 versus Dodge County.
Shields, who throws in the mid to upper 80’s, pitched seven innings and allowed four hits and struck out 10 batters.
Bulldogs rally twice and defeat Banks County in the 8th
The Toombs County Bulldogs were faced with two deficits in their second game at Banks County. TCHS trailed 5-0 after the top of the second inning and 7-6 going to the bottom of the eighth. Each time the Bulldogs rallied to take the lead including in their final at bat in an 8-7 victory in eight innings that sends the them to the Elite 8 for the third time since the 2010 season.
Banks County smashed four doubles in the first two innings and scored a run in the first inning and four in the second to take a 5-0 lead.
Toombs rallied with two doubles in the bottom of the second by Lane Adams and Brandon Helton who drove in the Dawgs’ first run. Dalton McBride’s grounder to short made it 5-2 in the third inning and Brock Harrison and pinch hitter Bryce Deloach each singled in a run in the fourth to cut the Leopard lead to 5-4.
Toombs left runners on second and third in the fifth prior to taking the lead in the sixth. Martin Stephens doubled in a pair of runs with a deep drive to right center field to give Toombs County it’s first lead of the game at 6-5.
A leadoff walk in the seventh scored on a Judd Roberts two-out single and now the game was even at 6-6. TCHS left a runner at third in the bottom of the seventh and then a leadoff walk in the eighth scored on Grant Rylee’s double to left and now Banks County was on top 7-6.
In the bottom of the eighth Deloach reached on an error and took second base on the high throw from third base. Stephens followed with a RBI hit which tied the game. D.R. Meadows singled and Dalton McBride was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one down for George Lucke. The senior Dawg extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a walk-off single to right field which scored courtesy runner Dalton Lynn to end the game.
Adams pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed four doubles and five earned runs in the first two innings and then he retired 13-out-of-14 Leopards including nine in a row. Stephens threw the final 2/3 of an inning and was the winning pitcher.
Another 8th inning walk-off victory sends the TCHS Bulldogs to the Final 4
During the regular season the Toombs County Bulldogs lost a pair of nine inning games to Jeff Davis and at Metter. However, the Dawgs improved to 3-0 this season in games decided in eight innings. Back in February D.R. Meadows hit a two-run homer, in the eighth, to pull out a victory at Brantley County and in the last two GHSA State Tournament game two’s Toombs County has come from behind to win in eight on the road at Banks County and Dodge County.
Cole Graham singled to left, with the bases loaded and nobody out, to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 win at Dodge which sends them to the Final 4 for the first time since the 1996 Bulldogs won the Class a State Championship.
In a battle of number two pitchers who threw like number one’s, the game was scoreless until the fifth when Graham led off with a single and Meadows drove in the run off righty Tyler Pruitt with a sacrifice fly. Lane Adams kept Dodge off the scoreboard until the sixth. Gary Pittman led off with a double and Chip Burch drove him in with a single. The second run in the inning scored with two down on a catchable ball hit to center field but nobody could find it as day was turning to night.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 2-all in the bottom of the seventh. Bryce Deloach was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, Meadows singled and with one down Dalton McBride hit a sacrifice fly to score Deloach.
In the bottom of the eighth Adams led off and drew a walk. Brock Harrison and Brandon Helton each singled to load the bases for Graham and the sophomore catcher ended the series as the Dawgs won their 12th straight game.
Willie Campbell singles in the game-winner in the 8th as the Bulldogs reel of their 6th straight win over Vidalia
Senior Willie Campbell came off the bench in the bottom of the eighth inning, with two outs, and lined a 3-2 pitch into center field scoring senior Noah Anderson in Toombs County’s 6-5 win over rival Vidalia in a two-hour and 40 minute game played at Jacky Jones Field in Lyons. The Dawgs have defeated the Indians six straight times over the past three seasons.
Anderson led off the eighth by walking on a 3-2 pitch. Trey Cloud laid down a bunt and reached on an error while Noah raced to third base. The Indians walked Chandler Lynn intentionally to load the bases with nobody out. After a Dawg strikeout Campell stroked his fourth hit of the season and drove in his first run of 2018.
The Bulldogs had to rally in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to an extra inning. Vidalia’s Alex Sutton was hit by a pitch with one out and the bases loaded in to top of the seventh to give the Indians a 5-4 lead, A Dawg double play on a catch and a throw to third base by center fielder Dalton McBride ended the frame.
In the bottom of the seventh Chandler Lynn walked, Martin Stephens singled and Brock Harrison walked to load the bases with one out. A Cole Graham grounder to short scored Lynn to tie the game at 5-all and send it to extra innings.
Toombs County took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first. Chandler Lynn, Bryce Deloach and Martin Stephens each singled with Martin driving in the first Dawg run. Kyle Knight walked with the bases loaded to score the second run and Anderson was hit by a pitch with the bases full to put TCHS up by two runs.
Vidalia scored two runs in the second inning and one in the third to take a 4-3 lead. Toombs County tied the game in the bottom of the third. Harrison walked, Graham was hit by a pitch and Knight reached on an error scoring Brock to level the game.
There has been a definitive pattern in Toombs County’s six straight wins over Vidalia. In the games played at Greg James Field the Bulldogs have outscored the Indians 36-10 winning 13-0 in five innings in 2017, 9-1 in 2017 and 14-9 earlier this week. In the games played in Lyons each game has been decided by one single run. In 2016 the Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh on an Indian error to win 6-5. Last year TCHS had to hold on as Vidalia scored three in the top of the seventh in a 7-6 Dawg victory. And of course the trend continued in 2018 with the eighth inning victory.