Friday nights in the southern part of Region 1 AAA have been tough on the Toombs County Bulldogs. On Friday March 18 the Dawgs struck out 15 times in a loss at Brantley County. Three Fridays later, in Blacksheer, the Bulldogs struck out 16 times in a 5-0 loss to Pierce County. Watch a Salaine Meadows slideshow
Toombs County is 3-5 in the subregion and leads 3-6 Tattnall County in the fight for fourth place. Brantley County beat Tattnall 9-3 and Appling Couny knocked off Dodge County 6-2.
The Bulldogs had only two hits and six total base runners off three different Bear right-handed pitchers. Ironically, Toombs County had the best scoring opportunity of the game. D.R. Meadows lead off the first inning with his ninth double of the season. George Lucke dropped a bunt down on the third base side of the diamond and pitcher Derrin Cox threw to third base even though Meadows had already stopped his movement toward that bag. Logan McGowan reached on a bunt and the bases were loaded with nobody out.
Cox rebounded and worked the count to 1-and-2 on the next three Bulldogs and he struck all three out and then three more in the second inning. The other three Dawg base runners reached on two walks and one hit batsman.
The Bears scored a run in a first inning which included a disputed call. Stetson Bennett led of the frame with a walk and Logan Paul hit a soft liner to second baseman Lane Adams. Adams threw to first base for a double play, but the umpire ruled Bennett safe. With two outs and Bennett at third base, Ben Tuten hit a grounder to short and beat the throw to first base as Bennett was touching home.
Pierce scored a second run in the third inning. With one out Bennett was hit by a pitch and with two down Cody Williams hit a grounder up the middle, shortstop Bryce Deloach smothered the ball and then as he got up he dropped it. Bennett raced around third base and scored beating a throw to the plate.
The Bears scored three runs in the sixth. Tuten and Klay Allen hit back-to-back doubles, Walker Sinclair singled in a run and Jackson Knowlth drove in the game’s final run with a ground ball.
Meadows pitched 5 1/3 innings and only allowed two hits going to the sixth. He struck out nine batters including two in the first, second, third and fifth innings. Meadows yielded five total hits.