Four Toombs County Lady Bulldog seniors had to wait four days for their Senior Day game against Dodge County. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday, but it was rained out. On the makeup date the Lady Bulldogs kept Dodge off the scoreboard for the first two innings, but the top team in the subregion eventually pulled away to a 9-0 win in six innings. Watch a slideshow
As for the seniors, Abigail Lynn had two singles in her first two at bats and went 2-for-3 and made numerous plays from her shortstop position. Lynn would like to play the game at the next level and she wants to be a dental hygienist.
Ansley Tatum handled a very sharp hit ball at third base, smothering it on the side of her body before making an accurate throw to first base to retire the batter. Tatum will resume her soccer career in the spring after missing last season with a knee injury and she plans on playing that sport at Middle Georgia.
Asia Shipman caught two hard hit balls in right field. The first one required that she reach her glove up high in the air and the second one was hit a little lower. Asia is a top 10 student and she plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in criminal justice and then after college she will join the military and serve as a military policeman.
Taylor “Red” Hattaway went o-for-2 in the game. However, she has had many productive bats this season. Taylor has been on the honor roll all four years of high school and she plans on going to Kennesaw State to major in nursing.
The Brantley County Lady Herons scored four runs early and four more later on to hold of Toombs County 9-5 in a Region 1 AAA softball game in Lyons.
Ansley Tatum, playing third base, drove in two runs with a grounder to short and a single to left field. Pitcher Taylor Thompson stroked a double and drove in a run. Megan Dukes, Abigail Lynn, Courtney Moore and Lillie Ann Pittman each had a single. The Lady Bulldogs scored two runs on two Brantley County wild pitches.
Pierce shuts out TCHS
The Pierce County Lady Bears brought their A-Game to Lyons- timely hitting and strong pitching- as they shutout the Toombs County Lady Bulldogs 9-0. Watch Slideshow
Amanda Powell stroked two of the Lady Bulldogs’ three hits. Taylor Hattaway had the other Lady Dawg hit. Abigail Lynn was busy at short fielding grounders, snagging a liner and making a fine catch, in the outfield grass, with her back to home plate.
Powell also made a leaping catch at second base and Aisa Shipman made a diving grab in right field. The Lady Bulldogs are 5-6.
The Toombs County Lady Bulldogs swept two teams from the Coastal Empire in the equivalent of one regulation game- seven innings. TCHS beat Savannah 15-0 in three innings and Johnson 12-0 in four.
In the Savannah game Ansley Tatum and Cortney Moore did not allow a hit. In the second Taylor Thomson pitched three inning and yielded one hit and Moore threw a hit-less fourth. Abigail Lynn led the Toombs offense by stroking a single with two walks and scoring two runs against Savannah and she was 3-for-3 against Johnson with two doubles and three runs scored. The Lady Bulldogs are 5-5.
For the second time in her Lady Bulldog career shortstop Abigail Lynn hit a home run in a game that nobody won. In 2014 she belted a solo shot in the third inning, on a 1-0 pitch, over the left field fence at Vidalia High School. However, rain ended that game tied at 1-all and it was never completed. So, technically that homer didn’t count.
On Tuesday, in the Lady Bulldogs first Region 1 AAA game, Lynn smacked a Tattnall County pitch over the left field fence, with Britney Beckum on first base, tying the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Once again lightening and rain ended the game at the TCMS Softball Field with the score still tied at 2-all in the sixth. The game will be completed on September 16th when Toombs plays at Tattnall County. This homer will eventually count. Watch Highlights Slideshow
Lady Bulldogs lose to Vidalia
Vidalia defeated Toombs County 12-0 in four innings in softball at Vidalia. The Lady Indians hit three home runs and pitcher Jessie Morris threw a one-hitter. Ansley Tatum broke up the Morris no-hitter with a single with one out in the fourth. Lady Bulldog shortstop Abigail Lynn made a fantastic catch running and diving into the outfield grass and Asia Shipman made a fine grab in right field.
The Toombs County Lady Bulldog softball team won their final two games at the Warrior Blast Tournament in Reidsville. After losing to Treutlen 9-0 in their first game on Saturday, TCHS defeated Wheeler County 10-5 and Bradwell Institute 9-3. Watch a Slideshow
Three Lady Dawgs scored a first in the Wheeler game. Freshmen Lilly Ann Pittman and Sage Jones each stroked their first varsity hit and junior Courtney Moore was the starting and winning pitcher for the first time.
In the Bradwell Institute victory junior Taylor Thomson was the winning pitcher. She yielded three runs in the five inning game and two touched home on one wild pitch.
On Friday the Lady Bulldogs lost to Metter 6-4 and to ECI 3-1. The Lady Bulldogs are 3-3 as they get ready to open their Region 1 AAA schedule, at home, on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Tattnall County. On Tuesday TCHS will play at rival Vidalia at 5:30.
Trailing 4-1 after the top of the sixth inning, the Toombs County Lady Bulldog softball team rallied twice in the final two innings to beat Portal 7-6 in their 2015 season opener in Lyons. The victory was the first for Brian Fitzgerald as the head coach of the Lady Dawgs and it mirrored many of his come back victories as head coach of the TCHS baseball team. Watch a Slideshow
in the bottom of the sixth, Abigail Lynn (2-for-4) led off with a double to center. Taylor Thompson followed with a RBI single to left. Ansley Tatum (2-for-4) singled to to left to drive in a run and then Megan Dukes hit the ball to the left side of the infield scoring Tatum to tie the game at 4-all.
Portal scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to regain the lead at 6-4 and then in the bottom of the frame the Lady Bulldogs staged their final comeback with one out.
Brittney Beckum led off with a walk. Lynn hit a pitch to the fence in left center to put runners on second and third. Courtney Moore reached first on a ball hit to third scoring Beckum. A wild pitch scored Lynn to tie the game at 6.
With still one out and courtesy runner Malaisha Edwards at third base. Thompson took advantage of the shortstop not playing in. Taylor hit a bouncing ball to her right. The infielder gobbled up the ball, but her throw to the plate was late as Edwards scored the game-winning run.
In the circle, Tatum pitched the first five innings and struck out four including one with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth. Thompson threw the final two innings and picked up the victory.
For coach Fitzgerald the victory means he opened up his career as head coach of the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs with a win.
In the 2004 baseball season Fitzgerald, then an assistant, filled in for head coach Chris Harrelson in a home game against Bleckley County and the Dawgs won that game. A key victory in a late season stretch that helped TCHS make the state playoffs. Harrelson missed that game due to the birth of his son Gage.