Pictured from left- Catcher Adam McBride, left fielder Cornelius Bullard, outfielder Brian Mosley, shortstop and pitcher Jeremy Joyner, third baseman Brandon Hartley, second baseman and shortstop Chase Brantley, outfielder Clint Jarriel, first baseman and pitcher Chris Kilgore, catcher Bryan Davis and right fielder Ben Akins.
Not pictured- Lyle Wilkes, Vince Faison Jr., Dustin Edenfield, Wesley Hardee, Rusty Robbins, Michael Vaughn, Clayton Rushing and Clint Braddock. Head coach Steve Janousek and assistant coach Bobby Waller.
The 1996 team was honored before the Toombs County Bulldogs final game of the 2016 season. Watch a slideshow of the ceremony
After their first 14 games, the 1996 GHSA Class A State Champion Toombs County Bulldogs weren’t playing like a potential state champ. In fact after a disappointing game at Metter coach Steve Janousek told everybody to roll up the windows on the bus. Coach J proceeded to straighten his talented team out. From that evening on the Bulldogs were invincible.
The Dawgs won the Sub Region Tournament with three victories- 14-3 over Montgomery County, 14-2 over Treutlen and 18-16 over that Metter team.
In the Region Tournament Toombs swept Savannah Christian 13-3 and 16-3 and then the Bulldogs knocked off Bryan County 9-5 and 4-0.
In the GHSA State Tournament TCHS opened with a sweep of Seminole County 7-0 and 10-6 at home. The Bulldogs traveled down to Pearson and took care of Atkinson County 11-5 and 8-1.
In the semifinals, at Jacky Jones Field, Toombs County rolled over Calhoun 18-5 and 12-3 and then in the state championship doubleheader the Bulldogs excited a huge home crowd by dominating Irwin County 15-0 and 16-5.
The 30-7 Bulldogs were state champions
Listen to two state champs talk on Y-101 Radio about the thrill of winning it all.
Jeremy Joyner talks about the season prior to being honored on the 20th anniversary
Chris Kilgore called into Y-101 Radio to talk about that amazing ’96 season
Toombs County High School 1996 Batting Statistics
Scores from 1996
Toombs County 3, Vidalia 1
Toombs County 13, ECI 3
Swainsboro 4, Toombs County 2
Jeff David 5, Toombs County 1
Toombs County 25, Portal 3
Toombs County 10, Montgomery County 0
Tattnall County 8, Toombs County 5
Treutlen 3, Toombs County 1
Toombs County 10, Tattnall County 5
Metter 12, Toombs County 5
Toombs County 7, Wheeler County 5
Toombs County 21, Portal 0
Toombs County 19, Montgomery County 1
Vidalia 5, Toombs County 5
Toombs County 15, Treutlen 3
Toombs County 8, Jeff Davis 1
Toombs County 2, Metter 0
Toombs County 7, Vidalia 2
Toombs County 9, Wheeler County 6
Toombs County 6, West Laurens 4
Toombs County 16, Jeff Davis 1
Toombs County 9, West Laurens 3
Toombs County 14, Montgomery County 3
Toombs County 12, Treutlen 2
Toombs County 18, Metter 16
Toombs County 13, Savannah Christian 3
Toombs County 16, Savannah Christian 3
Toombs County 9, Bryan County 5
Toombs County 4, Bryan County 0
Toombs County 7, Seminole County 0
Toombs County 10, Seminole County 6
Toombs County 11, Atkinson County 5
Toombs County 8, Atkinson County 1
Toombs County 18, Calhoun 5
Toombs County 12, Calhoun 3
Toombs County 15, Irwin County 0
Toombs County 16, Irwin County 5
Pictures from 1996