Coach Fitzgerald’s final Bulldog Baseball Banquet

Brian Fitzgerald (center) with his assistant coaches Patrick Craft (left) and Hunter Adams
The Bulldogs say goodbye to coaches Brian Fitzgerald and Nick Hayes with a special cake
The 2018 Toombs County Bulldogs

Head coach Brian Fitzgerald wrapped up his 14 years as head coach of the Toombs County High School baseball team by handing out awards at the annual Bulldog Baseball Banquet held at Partin Park. Coach Fitzgerald and assistant Nick Hayes are leaving the program. Hayes will be moving on to Putnam County to coach football and baseball.

Varsity Award winners

Martin Stephens- senior

Martin Stephens- a tall first baseman and designated hitter- put together a second straight season full of big offensive numbers. In 2017 he won the newly created Mr. October Award for his .500 batting average during the state playoffs. In 2018 Martin was named the Bulldogs MVP, Best Offensive Player and First Team All Region 2 as a designated hitter.

Stephens sprayed the ball to all fields improving his batting average over last season by 69 points. He hit .385 with six doubles, 27 RBI and 14 runs scored. Martin had nine multi-hit games highlighted by a four-hit game against Screven County and three-hit games against Long County and Brantley County and back-to-back games versus Vidalia and Swainsboro.

Brock Harrison- junior

Brock Harrison earned two awards for his pitching and hitting and infield defense. Harrison was Toombs County’s Pitcher of the Year and was named Second Team All-Region 2 at third base.

On the mound Brock had a 3.58 ERA in 37 1/3 innings and allowed only 27 hits. Twice, against Long County and Metter, Harrison pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-hit ball. At the plate Brock batted .315 with 20 RBI, 15 runs scored and six doubles.

Dalton McBride- senior

In his final season with the Bulldogs Dalton McBride had an expanded role. He played center field, caught some innings and also pitched the most innings of his Dawg career. Dalton was named the Bulldogs Defensive Player of the Year and was voted Honorable Mention All-Region 2 as a pitcher. In 83 chances on defense Dalton was credited with 79 put outs.

McBride pitched 31 innings and ended with a 3.39 ERA. He threw six innings of three-hit ball at Benedictine and allowed only one earned run with six strikeouts and two walks. He led the Bulldogs to a big home win over Metter throwing seven innings while yielding four hits and one earned run.

Noah Anderson- senior

For the second time in his Bulldog career Noah Anderson received the Coaches Award. Back when he was a freshman Noah received the honor for playing a new position. The coaching staff put him behind the plate. In his final high school season Anderson once again won the Coaches Award for the varsity. On defense he played second base and the outfield while on offense he had two two-hit games in a doubleheader split with Brantley County.

Bryce Deloach- junior

Bryce Deloach stepped in as a junior and took over at shortstop replacing the combo of D.R. Meadows and Lane Adams. At the plate Bryce closed the season with a barrage of hits. He went 12-for-his-last-33 and raised his batting average 40 points. He was a better hitter in region games than non-region games. His highlights included a 4-for-4 game at Vidalia and a 3-for-4 game against Metter at Jacky Jones Field. Bryce was named the varsity’s Most Improved Player and he was named to the Second All-Region 2 Team as a shortstop.

Junior Varsity Award winners

Most Valuable Player- Trey Cloud

Best pitcher- Chase Musselman

Best Offensive Player- Chandler Lynn

Best defensive player- Jaden Carroll

Coaches award-  Brandon Dennis

Most Improved- River Cowart