The 2014 Toombs County Bulldogs celebrated their season, with good food and a big crowd, at their annual banquet held in the Durden Cabin at Partin Park. TCHS, which opened up with five straight losses including two in Region 2 play, rebounded and finished 15-12 winning three out of five games in the GHSA Double A State Playoffs. Head coach Brian Fitzgerald has been to the post season in 10 out of the 12 seasons he has been either an assistant or the head coach of the Bulldogs.
Jeremy Beasley’s Toombs County Bulldog Career
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Coach Fitzgerald handed out four team awards. The Most Valuable Player award went to not one, but two Bulldogs. Seniors James Ethredge and Jeremy Beasley shared the honor. Ethredge went 7-4 on the mound with a 3.54 ERA. Opponents hit only .214 against the righty and he struck out 85 batters. Lifetime Ethredge finishes his career with a 19-11 record, a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts in 187 innings. Offensively James hit .318 in 2014 with two triples, eight doubles and 16 RBI. Lifetime he hit .320 with four triples, 19 doubles and 43 RBI. Ethredge was selected first team All-Region 2 as an outfielder.
Beasley also compiled a 7-4 record this past season. He had a career low 1.58 ERA and opponents hit .215 against him. Jeremy struck out a career-high 107 batters and walked 26. In 162 lifetime innings he struck out 194 batters and went 16-13 with a 2.38 ERA. At the plate Beasley was mighty consistent. He hit .293 in 2014 and wound up with the same batting average for his career. Jeremy hit two triples and three doubles and drove in 18 runs. As a varsity Bulldog he had 66 hits with five triples, six doubles and 38 RBI. Beasley was also named the Best Defensive Player and was voted first team All-Region 2 team as a pitcher. He was selected to play for Senior Team Georgia later this season. Both Beasley and Ethredge were selected to play in the Georgia Dugout Club’s All-Star weekend in Columbus.
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.
Beasley allowed eight hits and walked only two batters as he yielded just one earned run. This season Jeremy is 7-4 with a 1.53 ERA and teams are hitting .214 against him. He has struck out 105 batters and walked 26. Lifetime he is 16-13 with a 2.35 ERA and 192 strikeouts and 58 walks
The Hornets scored four runs in the second on a little bit of everything. The Dawgs made an error, the Hornets scored on a squeeze bunt single by Blake Daughtrey, they were two balk calls of which the second plated a run, Cook scored on a wild pitch and a two-out single by Zane Folsom.
After that strange frame Beasley stifled the Hornets. He stranded runners on second and third in the fourth and fifth and then started piling up the K’s including striking out the side in the seventh. To get to that point of the game the Bulldogs had to start hitting. Dalton Rentz held TCHS to two hits through four innings. In the fifth Rentz hit Jeremy Beasley and Tyler Luke (3-for-6) followed with a long, two-run home run over the right centerfield fence that made it 4-2. Hogan White hit a grounder to short that scored a run to make it 4-3 and then pinch runner Jake Davis scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 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 Bulldogs walked six times and struck out 18 times against three different Hornet pitchers.
In extra innings the Hornets tried to win the game in a dramatic way. Stacy Sailor tried to steal home. However, Stephen Garrett tagged him out at the plate to move the game on and on and on.
Ethredge & Beasley toss 17 innings
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.
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.
Seniors help Bulldogs lock up playoff birth
on Senior Day
The Toombs County Bulldogs secured a second straight trip to the GHSA State Tournament with a comeback 7-5 victory over the Vidalia Indians. Toombs County rallied from a 3-.0 deficit after the top of the second by scoring four in the bottom of that inning. Watch highlights and the Senior Day celebration
On the mound Ethredge pitched the first 4 1/3 innings, the day after he tossed three innings in the first try at completing this rivalry game. He struck out 10 batters and walked six while allowing five hits and three earned runs. Senior Jeremy Beasley, who pitched seven innings on Monday, threw 2 2/3 in relief striking out four with no walks or earned runs.
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.
In a scoreless game in the bottom of the sixth Beasley yielded a one-out single to Cody Fleck, a walk to Phillip Swindell and a RBI single to Tristan Goodro (2-for-3). However, the Bulldogs rallied with a three-run top of the seventh and won 3-1. The Bulldogs are 10-5 in Region 2 and they remain in fourth place. Their closest pursuer, Vidalia, also scored a run in the top of the seventh and beat Bacon County 2-1. The Indians will bring a 9-7 region record to Jacky Jones Field on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. If Toombs wins the Bulldogs will clinch at least fourth place and a second straight trip to the GHSA State Tournament. If Vidalia wins the race for fourth place continues.
Beasley tossed a four-hitter and struck out 12 while walking three. His record is 6-3. Beasley stranded a runner at second base in each of the first four innings. He had a three up, three down fifth and seventh and missed tying his career high for strikeouts by one.
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.
Jeremy Beasley pitched the first three innings and improved his record to 5-3 allowing two hits and no earned runs while striking out six and walking two. Tyler Luke also pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three and walked two and Austin Williams struck out three batters in the seventh.
Beasley leads Bulldogs at Bryan Co.
After pitching 3 2/3 innings in relief against Metter on Tuesday, Toombs County Bulldog coach Bryan Fitzgerald wasn’t planning on starting the senior in his regular Friday position in the rotation at Bryan County. However, Beasley asked the coach for the start and then proceeded to throw six efficient innings in an 8-1 victory.
Beasley faced no more than five batters (the second and third) in any inning and allowed only two base hits- singles in the first and third. He struck out eight batters and walked only one as he moved his personal record to 4-3 for the season and 13-12 lifetime. In his six starts in 2014 Beasley has pitched 39 innings and allowed only 29 base hits and six earned runs. He has struck out 49 batters and walked 10. His earned run average is 1.08 and the opponents are hitting .206 against him as a starter.
Beasley also handled the bat well. In his first five starts, as a pitcher, he was 2-for-15 with five strikeouts. However, in this game he went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs batted in.
Too many stranded Dawgs in Metter loss
Toombs County head baseball coach Bryan Fitzgerald was seeking more offensive punch in run scoring situations, so he juggled his starting lineup. However, the end result was a 6-3 home loss to Metter in Region 2 game in which the Bulldogs left six runners in scoring position.
The Bulldogs surged to a 2-0 lead in the first. James Ethredge (1-for-3) tripled in the two-hole in the lineup, he had been hitting third and scored along with Hunter Braddy, who walked, on Jeremy Beasley’s (2-for-4) single to left. Braddy, who moved from first to third in the lineup, went 1-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff double in the seventh. He was stranded at third to end the game. The Bulldogs left runners on second and third in the first. They stranded runners on first and second in the second, left a runner at second in the third and left them at second and third in the fourth.
Christian Moore reached on an error in the fifth and scored on a single by Logan McGowan. Metter scored a run in the fourth and five in the fifth. However, for 3 1/3 innings Bulldog starting pitcher James Ethredge held the Tigers hitless. Clay Crawford singled with one out in the fourth. Jacob Weddingcamp bunted down the first base line and Ethredge, who dove for the ball, was spiked in his pitching hand and had to leave the game. He later returned to the game to swing the bat and said after the game he was going to be fine.
Jeremy Beasley took over on the mound and gave up a RBI single to Hunter Ritchie to cut the Dawg lead to 2-1. With one down in the fifth Daniel Stanfield and Conner West walked. The Tigers scored a run on an error and three more runs on RBI hits by Crawford, Weddingcamp and Ritchie. The Tigers scored their final run on a first and third running situation in which the Dawgs recorded an out between first and and second while the runner at third broke to the plate and scored.
Beasley pitches fifth straight complete game
For the fifth straight senior pitcher Jeremy Beasley took the ball for a start and and was still on the mound when the game was over. Beasley limited Vidalia to six hits while striking out seven and walking three in claiming his third straight victory. In his last 21 innings Beasley has allowed only two earned runs. In the early innings he stranded the bases loaded in the first inning and left a runner at third in the second. Vidalia scored an earned run in the third on a grounder to the right side of the infield. The Bulldogs tried to turn a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat. However, Eric Tillery beat the throw to first base. Beasley, ended the game by inducing a double play on a liner to shortstop Bailey Salter. Salter doubled up the base runner at second.
Beasley dominates 3rd Saturday start
Toombs County senior Jeremy Beasley pitched well enough to win his first two starts. However, his Saturday outings in Brunswick and Metter were both decided by one run- Wayne County beat the Bulldogs 2-1 and the Tigers nipped the Dawgs 3-2. In both games Beasley pitched a complete game and was the losing pitcher. On Saturday, on a mound he really likes at Jacky Jones Field, Jeremy was a dominating presence. The righthander struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed only three hits in a 6-0 complete game shutout win over Atkinson County.
Beasley allowed a leadoff single in the third inning and back-to-back hits to open up the seventh. He struck out the side in the sixth and he struck out three more in a row after he loaded the bases with his second and final walk in the seventh.
Bulldogs drop another Saturday 1-run game
Tombs County senior pitcher Jeremy Beasley has made two Saturday starts in 2014 and despite pitching 12 innings and allowing only four earned runs with 14 strikeouts and just three walks he is 0-2. Losing twice by just one run. Why? Because the Bulldogs have faced two tough senior pitchers- Wayne County’s Sid Royal and on this Saturday Metter’s Clay Crawford. Against those two righthanders the Bulldogs have accumulated only nine total hits while striking out 21 times. Crawford rang up 11 K’s and allowed six hits in a 3-2 Tiger win in Metter. Beasley pitched six innings and allowed seven hits and only one walk while striking out four.
Baseball Dawgs open up 2014 season
with two Big School losses
After a Friday weather delay, the Toombs County Baseball Bulldogs opened up their regular season with a Saturday doubleheader and a pair of losses to big schools from nearby. The 2A Bulldogs lost to 5A Richmond Hill 8-5 and to 4A Wayne County 2-1 at Edo Miller Stadium, in Brunswick, in a tournament called Baseball by the Beach.
Beasley (Darton College signee) was handed the baseball in the second game and he went out and battled Georgia Southern signee Sid Royal even-steven through seven innings of outstanding high school pitching. Beasley struck out the side in the first and fourth innings and he finished with 10 K’s total while pitching a complete game. Wayne County took a 1-0 lead in the third. Kacey Crawford reached on an infield single up the middle, stole second and then scored on a one-out single by Ben Hockensmith.
The Bulldogs scored a tying run in top of the fourth. Hunter Braddy walked, was bunted to second by Brandon Beckum and then scored on an error. Bailey Salter doubled to the fence in left center field and courtesy runner Jake Davis was thrown out at the plate on two perfect throws which brought head coach Bryan Fitzgerald out of the dugout to question a play in which it appears Davis was safe at the plate.
The Bulldogs had only three hits off Royal and they struckout 10 times against the righthander with a good fastball. However, the Bulldogs had opportunities to score. They left the bases loaded in the sixth and they lost a baserunner in a rundown between third and home in that frame. They also stranded a runner at third in the seventh.
Wayne County broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh. Zach Mainor led off with a triple to right center field and then scored on a walkoff single by Brooks Parker.